MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota told The New York Times that he's watched too many children eating their breakfast on the train to support such a ban.
He said the ban would impact minority communities.
The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Bill Perkins of Harlem. It calls for violators to be fined up to $250.
According to a recent Straphangers Campaign survey, riders reported seeing rats on about 1 in 10 subway platforms.
Perkins said he was disappointed Lhota did not support the ban. He said it's important to control eating in the subways to get control of the rodent infestation.
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