‘Rate My Rat’ website outs NYC subway vermin

Not to sound like John Rocker, but I’ve met some real rats on the subway.

If it wasn't for Bernie Madoff, Mets fans could drink Heineken.

If it wasn't for Bernie Madoff, Mets fans could drink Heineken. (Image taken from ratfreesubways.com)

In New York City, the problem with the four-legged variety of vermin is so bad transportation workers have created a website to draw attention to the infestation.

The “Rate My Rat” website allows rider to submit pictures of “nasty” rats for a chance to win a free monthly pass. My favorite is a cute little fellow sipping on a can of beer like an addled Mets fan.

Unfortunately, NYC subway riders aren’t exactly Marlin Perkins. Recently a train was evacuated when the first ‘possum ever spotted using public transportation caused a panic, and one submitted pic depicts someone’s rotund pet.

The workers union alleges budgetary “cutbacks mean rats are back,” so the website may be designed to restore jobs instead of reducing rats, but the tactic is interesting. Maybe MARTA could fire up  a similar site to rat out the most obnoxious panhandlers?

25 comments Add your comment


January 30th, 2012
9:07 am

Really folks? You can’t handle the problem so you create a competition out of it with prizes? Wow…


January 30th, 2012
9:09 am

MARTA police have stepped up presence in the new year. Seen officers at stations and on trains frequently. Haven’t seen a panhandler in awhile. Maybe you, George, should take MARTA first-hand before making such outrageous comments?


January 30th, 2012
9:34 am

Marta is not as bad as they say it is.
It is mostly perception that is violent.
I personally have NEVER seen any violence even though I do not ride it everyday.
The times I have rode Marta to the Airport or whatever everyone was real quiet and respectful.
Lets be honest here,
many white people get scared when they see that most of the passengers are black.
And the thing is that most of those black passengers are going to work or school..

Jimmy The Cricket

January 30th, 2012
10:07 am

MARTA is a great bargain for the Urban Core of Atlanta, and would be an even better bargaining chip if light rail was added to the ends of MARTA to reach the outlying counties.

But, Georgia wants to stiffle the growth of MARTA – creating a hugh lost for the ENTIRE region.

How pathetic.

Skin Borinson

January 30th, 2012
10:24 am

I seen a gorilla on the subway once. it might have been a man though, I’m still not sure. Maybe it was sasquatch! Oddly enough, he was drinking a beer too just like that rat. It was a Fosters.


January 30th, 2012
10:42 am

@4xtra I am not scared on Marta because there are alot of Black people on board. I get scared when I watch the news or youtube and see people acting out. Then seeing it in person….. While I have never had any physical altercations, there have been times when someone was being out of control and there wasnt anyone to Serve and Protect……..

Frank Furter

January 30th, 2012
11:08 am


January 30th, 2012
11:36 am

@JackZackJust say “no” to MARTA expansion. If you can’t afford to drive a car, then I don’t want you anywhere near my neighborhood. Period. what is that comment. the way times are now people can’t even afford to have a car.. I’m not sure where you grew up but public transportation is good Atlanta metro area grow every year they will have to expand MARTA you sound like a snot!


January 30th, 2012
11:58 am

George doesn’t need to take MARTA anymore now that the AJC is now DJC – Dunwoody Journal Constitution.

just me

January 30th, 2012
12:47 pm

@ JackZack

Obviously you’re an idiot. Have you not seen the parking lots at the MARTA stations? Apparently there are a HUGE number of people that use MARTA that can afford cars. We’re just not silly enough to spend all that money on gas and all those hours stuck in traffic. It’s the nutcases like you that want to fight MARTA expansion and then still complain about the traffic that you get stuck in while trying to get to the very same areas that MARTA services.


January 30th, 2012
1:25 pm

As an Atlantan that did a three year stint of duty in NYC, the one thing I DON”T miss is the subway rats. They werent the cute little field mice you’ll see around here. They had foot long bodies with tails to match, all in an ugly shade of grey and grotesque pink, respectively.

David Baker

January 30th, 2012
1:30 pm

If the affluent suburbs supported the entire metropolitan area, perhaps there wouldn’t be blighted areas for them to worry about. I live in an affluent metro-Atlanta neighborhood supported by MARTA. My acre of forest and flowers is quite accessible to MARTA and we wouldn’t dream of driving to the airport, or attending a sporting event by car. I don’t drive, because I’m legally blind and there are many hundreds of thousands of metro citizens who don’t drive, because they are disabled, committed to a better environment, too poor to afford a car, or just like to walk. I think, JackZack, that you are too self limiting when you choose not accept the many wonderful people who make up your community and contribute to its success. You should hop on MARTA and meet some of the wonderful folks who use it every day.


January 30th, 2012
2:04 pm

Yes there are some biga$$ rats (the 4 legged ones George is talking about) around the MARTA tracks. For some reason the biggest ones seem to hang out @ the Lindbergh station, I’ve seen a few there that would give my 20 pound tomcat a good fight. As for 2 legged rats and such I’ll leave that to you other social commentators.


January 30th, 2012
8:34 pm

While waiting for the a subway at the Garden I had a frito bag walk by me. I only saw 2 legs and a tail sticking out. I actually miss the funny things I would see on the subway.

Cat in the ATL

January 30th, 2012
10:24 pm

@JackZach, I can afford to drive a car but choose not to because I hate the traffic. I would rather not have people like you in my neighborhood.

Seems as if Sandy Springs and Dunwoody do just fine with MARTA…

The What

January 30th, 2012
10:30 pm

Marta doesn’t work. It’s always broke. Say what you want but there’s a reason why folks continue to move away from it’s reach. If you want to make a difference, make the 5 Point Marta Station the jewel of Atlanta. Make it the next Atlantic Station. Drop the housing tax in Atlanta to incentivize growth. You’ll make the money back in consumer taxes easily (Food, Gas, etc.). Atlanta is a party ready to happen, but the politics just get in the way. Million dollar home sites across the road from the Georgia Dome but with crime and taxes, they remain dilapidated rental homes. Any other city it would be a gold mine.


January 30th, 2012
10:58 pm

I would love MARTA to expand. It would be great to have the convenience of using them as a DD for nights out at the High or Fox. I live in a gated neighborhood with homes priced above $500K. One thing that makes me not want MARTA near my home is, have you EVER felt safe on MARTA? Daytime or night?


January 30th, 2012
10:59 pm

And… I’ve been on the Subways in NYC, and Chicago and felt completely safe.


January 30th, 2012
11:01 pm

JackZack – we’ll be coming by your neighborhood on bicycles :P We will go house to house raising awareness on the fact that we are poor, sick, and homeless because people sneer at us and yell at us to get jobs but NO ONE will hire us because we have the wrong skin color.

Bipedal Joe

January 30th, 2012
11:14 pm

@JackZach – are you a car insurance salesman?

People! Quick! JackZach said we’re too poor to be brought into his area!!! That means he has MONEY! We need to line the commute of the rich to work and stand on the sidelines advertising our businesses and availability for work. If these snobs have *so much* moolah that they are snapping at us to PLEASE go away and STAY out of sight (No Mo MARTA in *huff* MY backyahd!) then let’s line their route to work. Make things a bit uncomfortable to shove that nasty attitude RIGHT back in his face.

THREE people decide for over half a million others whether good transportation gets expanded. Money talks, so should the poor. The poor should make themselves visible and in-your-face. Only when the rich are uncomfortable do they EVER change.

Ready for Change 2012.

Political Aim

January 30th, 2012
11:37 pm

See the rat in the picture drinking the beer? This is what Cobb County’s Director of Community Development was thinking when he created the idea that “craft beers” should soon be allowed to be offered at “wine tastings” around Cobb County – OH – and… “low class” businesses like convenience stores and greengrocers will be specifically prohibited from offering ANY free alcohol for customers to taste.

Public hearing on the issue was Jan. 24 – saw it on the Cobb County Gov’t channel – Join us on Feb 28 if you like cheap beer and want to see it handed out for FREE at local businesses :D


January 31st, 2012
8:54 am

On Marta’s own website, you can see that there were over 400 crimes in one year on Marta – mostly on the subway. One homicide, one rape, 67 aggravated assaults, 218 larcenies etc….. http://www.itsmarta.com/crime-comparison.aspx I can report that in my truck there were zero crimes during that same time period.


February 3rd, 2012
8:48 am

@PoorAndWatchingYou …Kindly return my bicycle after you are done stalking JackZach


February 10th, 2012
12:40 pm

Michelle has won 36 months in a row!.


February 10th, 2012
12:42 pm

Michelle has won 36 months in a row. Everyone else might as well give up