CANARSIE - New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the MTA's attempt to get rid of trash and reduce the number of rats in subway stations is failing.

Three years ago the agency began a pilot program where they began removing trash cans from subway stations. The hope was that if the trash cans were removed, commuters would take their trash with them instead of having it build up in garbage cans and attracting rats.

The MTA says there has been a 66 percent drop in litter collected, but some riders say that's because the trash is instead on the tracks or ground.

DiNapoli says the MTA didn't seek rider feedback, but broader surveys done with passengers show low scores in the cleanliness department at the stations in the pilot program.

The MTA says the program will continue running.