Seatless in NYC subways

I just read an article in the Daily News about a pilot program for seatless subways in NYC.  A pilot program is already happening in Boston.  The concept behind this is that the seats would be locked in the position during rush hour and then released down during off peak times.  The intention is to pack as many people in trains as possible because some of the subway lines cannot introduce more trains due to signaling issues.  To read this article, click here.

I don’t like this idea at all.  The trains are already packed as it is even with seats.  Can you imagine the temperament of some of these commuters if they were to stand ever more closely without any chance for a seat to come up?  It’s going to be  rough ride.

And what about the elderly or disabled people who also commute during rush hour?  What are they to do?

Not to mention sick customers.  Sometimes the air circulations and conditioning in those subway cars don’t work really well, which can cause people to become ill. 

And what about the fat people who hog up too much seating?  Are they to stand with the rest of us?  Man, can you picture that?!

And where the hell is MTA getting the money for these new subways cars with limited seating availability?  

I guess the up side to this is that the homeless may not gather in the subway cars during rush hour…


~ by thedailycommuter on Wednesday, December 10, 2008.

3 Responses to “Seatless in NYC subways”

  1. I believe I read in another article that they would only be making half the subway cars on the train like this.

    The other half will have seats, and everyone will want one so there may be more feuding.

  2. You are correct. The plan is to make half the cars on the train with seating during off-peak hours and no seating during rush hours. Yes, I agree there will be feuding.

    You know with ideas like these, it just makes me wonder if any of these officials understand the experience of a commuter.

  3. By the way I enjoy reading your blog. Keep it up! 🙂

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