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Sunday, August 03, 2021

This oughtta go over like a lead balloon: NYC Transit will try to alleviate rush-hour subway overcrowding by running cars containing no seating.

“Each car will be able to carry [18 percent] more people,” NYC Transit President Howard Roberts said of the no-sitting strategy. “It means more capacity. It gives the ability to pick up more people, and have fewer people left on the platform waiting for the next train.”

After rush hours, workers will unlock the flipup seats for riders to use, Roberts said.

Add this cattle-car styling to the running frustrations over regular rumblings about the Metropolitan Transportation Authority threatening to raise fares, and I have a strong feeling that those seat locks will get regularly damaged by disgruntled riders.

Mind you, I’ve got no complaints about this plan, because I always stand on the subway anyway. Even if given the choice of a near-empty car, I’ll usually stand and hold onto a railing. I do more than enough sitting during a typical day.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 08/03/2021 11:31:18 AM
Category: New Yorkin'
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