MTA union workers who work in Baltimore's subway, protested about the rat infestation and working conditions in the subway. (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun video)
Union workers who operate the Baltimore Metro subway protested at the Mondawmin station Thursday against a rat infestation they say Maryland Transit Administration management has ignored for years while it festered into unbearable working conditions.
"Down inside this system, it is a death trap down there," said David McClure, president of Baltimore Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1300. "We have a lot of trash, food. The rats are feeding off that."
The 2,700-member union wants the MTA to adopt an abatement program similar to the city's. The city has introduced rat-resistant trash cans to curb the issue aboveground.
Workers encounter the rodents on the tracks, platforms and the escalators, McClure said. And even when they don't see them, he said, the stench can be nauseating and overwhelming.
"We have pictures of a rat that looks like a baby kangaroo," he said. "No one should have to come and work in these types of conditions. They have my members inside a booth and you have baby rats under the floorboards, [and] huge rats that have been running around in the stations."