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MTA chief says he opposes subway food ban

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New York City's new transit chief says he opposes a bill that would ban food on the subways despite a rat infestation in the system.

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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