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By Sarah Storkin
Observer Staff Writer 

NYC Going to the Dogs--How To Take Your Dog On The Subway In a Bag

The law requiring bags is intended to limit subway riders to small dogs



Man's Best Friend in a bag on the New York City Subway

It is a good example of the law of unintended consequences. A New York City transit rule went into effect in October 2016 prohibiting animals on the subway. The law has an exception for service dogs or law-enforcement Canines.

Did NYC residents just accept it and comply? Nope. Because they're New Yorkers, got it?

The law was intended to limit subway ridership to small dogs. "Needless to say, New York pup parents aren't taking this sitting down. Or standing. Or holding on to one of those old-school red straps. You get it. Anyway, in order to get around this new decree, owners are getting creative and the cameras...are...snapping! Check 'em out!" says Facebook

"NO DOGS BIG OR SMALL on the bloody subway," writes Lenite Farrell. "I don't want to see them, hear them or smell them.its bad enough we have to hear phone calls at ever station. Can we have one place where we can't being the kitchen sink?"

"Some big dogs are better behaved then little ones," points out Lynda Cook. "Some hotels that allow dogs have a size limit. My golden weights 140 pounds and never tears up anything. I've seen little dogs destroy lots of stuff. Just cause it's big doesn't mean it's bad!"

Opened in 1904, the New York City Subway is one of the world's oldest public transit systems, one of the world's most used metro systems, and the metro system with the most stations.[14] It offers service 24 hours per day, every day of the year.


Dog owners have gotten creative about bags.

The New York City Subway is the largest rapid transit system in the world by number of stations, with 472 stations in operation (425 if stations connected by transfers are counted as single stations). Stations are located throughout the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

By annual ridership, the New York City Subway is the busiest rapid transit rail system in the Western world, as well as the seventh busiest rapid transit rail system in the world; the metro (subway) systems in Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, Guangzhou, and Moscow record a higher annual ridership.

In 2015, the subway delivered over 1.76 billion rides, averaging approximately 5.7 million daily rides on weekdays and a combined 5.9 million rides each weekend (3.3 million on Saturdays; 2.7 million on Sundays).

Ridership continues to increase, and on September 23, 2014, more than 6.1 million people rode the subway system, establishing the highest single-day ridership since ridership was regularly monitored in 1985.


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