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Commuters Opposed To Possible Food Ban On Subways

January 31, 2012 by staff 

Commuters Opposed To Possible Food Ban On Subways, It may be the end of the line for eating on the go down below in New York City. State Senator Bill Perkins (D-Manhattan) has introduced legislation that would outlaw eating in the city’s subway system and impose a $250 fine on violators.
It may be the end of the line for eating on the go down below in New York City — a state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would outlaw eating in the city’s subway system and impose a $250 fine on violators.

Dining while riding is a divisive issue. Blogs like TrainPigs.com have grown popular playing up the gross-out factor of eating on trains, but State Sen. Bill Perkins says it’s the growing rat population that he’s worried about, saying “we feed them, therefore we breed them.”

Perkins sent out more than 15,000 surveys to his upper Manhattan constituents, and found people are fed up with vermin running rampant in the subway system. The highest number of complaints came from riders at the 125th street subway station for the 4, 5 and 6 trains.

“You see them mostly in the tracks, like just fighting over scraps,” says Joaquin Perez, a commuter from Bedford Stuyvesant.

For more than a decade, all food and drinks have been banned from PATH trains. A spokesperson for that system told NBC New York that the policy works.

Straphangers familiar with both systems seem to favor the ban, saying the PATH system is by far cleaner.

“It would be a great idea,” says Salaam Goines from Jersey City, “but people would have to band together. You know New York City’s not a place where you can pull someone up and let them know, ‘Hey you can’t eat on the train right here.’”

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