If MTA sees something, it should say something
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Our society is built on the premise of informed consent. Our leaders and policies are decided by voting, and for that to work we have safeguards in place to ensure that all necessary information to inform those votes is openly available to the public. We believe in that system and many Americans have and will give their lives in support of it.

So why is it that our public transportation provider, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, believes it doesn't have to be open about the issues that face its riders every day, such as the bed bug epidemic that is spreading like wild fire through the subway system?

With reports coming in from several train lines that bed bugs are running rampant, it seems only right that riders should have the choice whether to chance it on a known hot bed for the critters, or to wait for the next train with no reported sightings.

Several local politicians in Brooklyn are currently fighting to put legislation in place that would require the MTA to notify riders if there has been a bed bug outbreak on their train line, but why should such a courtesy even require legislation?

The MTA's lack of willingness to disclose information about such a sensitive topic is an outright violation of its own policy: If we see something out of place we are asked to say something in order to help make the subway a safe way to commute, and we believe the MTA should live up to that motto. If they see bed bugs on the train, they should say something about it to the riders.

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