There are better solutions and more important issues to deal with than banning eating food on the subway to avoid track fires.
In the 1960s, it was common to find both penny gum and soda machines dispensing products at many subway stations. Previous generations of riders did not litter subway stations and buses, leaving behind gum, candy wrappers, paper cups, bottles and newspapers.
No one would openly eat pizza, chicken or other messy foods while riding a bus or subway.
Today's generation of commuters has to deal with looking for the proper way to depose of old newspapers as more trash cans are removed from more stations.
Rather than reduce the number of garbage cans, NYC Transit should consider installing separate cans for recycling newspapers, plastic and glass along with regular garbage.
Selling advertising on sides of cans could generate revenues to help cover the costs of more frequent off-peak and late night collection and disposal.
The Department of Sanitation should consider doing the same on streets adjacent to subway station entrances.