Seatless Subway Cars

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The MTA plans to introduce "standing room only" subway cars in hopes of accommodating more riders during rush hour. Pete Donohue, transit reporter for The Daily News, discusses the details of the plan.


Pete Donohue

Comments [96]


Mike - I do understand the meaning of 'pilot program' and that the new cars have already been purchased. It means that more cars will be purchased if the test is successful.
Maybe you don't know the meaning of 'fact' The 'facts' you posted to Hugh are in fact not facts but opinions because they are based on hypothetical, not actual conditions.

Aug. 13 2008 12:23 PM
emily from bklyn

as a healthy young person i usually stand even when there are seats but I highly value that airspace over the seats and i imagine we all would if we thought about it.

despite what 'Hugh' says above, i think the "feeling of crowding" WILL be greater. Even at current ridership the really crowded trains will take on more people and instead of airspace over the seats, it will be solid with bodies--the very thought makes me panicky. and ridership is only going to increase... !!

at the very least, where would i hold my book if i was pressed front and back to people? i don't think i'd be a very happy rider.

Aug. 13 2008 09:25 AM
Eric from westchester

Only the MTA could think of a way to make the subways more degrading. Do they not realize that there is an equation that shows that the more people are ill-treated the worse their behavior will be in turn. So by cramming a few more people in in the short run they will be escalating the level of anger and resentment which will have a net result of making the system less efficient in the end.

Aug. 12 2008 10:17 PM
MT from Manhattan

aren't most people standing during rush hour anyways?

another idea is to increase the number of doors per car. that will facilitate people getting in and out.

Aug. 12 2008 09:42 PM
Christopher Crowe from Ridgewood, NY

I hope the MTA is prepared to have its subway cars set on fire.

The first time this dumb idea causes a medical emergency for a sweet old grandmother it'll be abandoned.

Thank you New York State Legislature for not passing on congestion pricing...

Aug. 12 2008 09:08 PM

"BUT it will eliminate conflicts of seating and idiots kicking their legs out and people trying to take up a seat with bags."

Word #21!

Man, some of my BIGGEST pet peeves concern public transportation discourtesies. *shudder*

For the life of me, I can never figure out how bags can be more tired than people? And what's with outstretched legs? Unless those legs are in casts, tuck those bad boys in; you're not in your living room! Come on, people!

Aug. 12 2008 08:22 PM
Manuel Perez from Woodside, NYC

I disagree with the no seat strategy because it doesn't really ease congestion, and movable chairs are more subject to breakage.

One easy way to reduce the number of riders is to have the city return to the neighborhood High School idea and so eliminate the "free transportation" for High School students (about 10% of rush hour riders, though officially there are only 600,000 passes given out).

At this time it seems like more than half of our high school students are commuting for free as part of the city's strategy for improving education.

Aug. 12 2008 06:33 PM
Emily from Brooklyn

Sometimes I see people carrying home bulky purchases on the subway and I grumble because they're in my way. Then sometimes they sit down and tuck their packages behind their legs or hold them on their laps, and I think: now that's an efficient use of space; by carrying that purchase home, that person is causing one less taxi or truck to crowd our streets.

Aug. 12 2008 05:57 PM
Eleni from Queens

I have listened to the program and read many of the posts. To the utopian transplants still in their honeymoon phase: FACT: the N train [B'way line] has had a 70-30% seat /stand for about 9months already. The stand section has NO SEATS, NADA, not even flip-ups like on the Lex. line [Mike in #82 is correct] the "pilot program" is a euphemism. This is a DONE DEAL.

FACT: about the caller on the Board for Transportation[?]: the Bloomberg and his wealthy posse really do have an ABSOLUTE CONTEMPT for the rest of us which is why they came up with this sado-masochistic idea for the "commuting problem". If they actually commuted --of course they don't--but if they did, they would have thought of something with safety for the commuter in mind. They would have also considered the physically and mentally disabled, the elderly, women with children, and the overall spike in the petty larceny and petty sexual assaults--which I remember well in the late '70's and '80's having been a victim any number of times. That doesn't factor in the Bloomberg vision because we are not people to the wealthy. We are disposible. And when we retire, die, or move away there are others who [are willing to] take our places.

Unfortunately, it's the private sector capitalists who run this CIty as well as the country. We have a Country that is Capitalist Democracy, this is the side we all prefer NOT to see,--- even if we are the "HAVE NOTS".

Aug. 12 2008 05:18 PM
Alexandra from Brooklyn, NY

Besides the fact that this is completely ludicrous. This is a big safety hazard! There are going to be so many people on the platforms fighting to get into certain cars. This is stupid, and dangerous.

Aug. 12 2008 04:27 PM
Ted Berrigan from New York

Obese men and women with ample derriers taking up the seat they're sitting on plus half of the seat to either side of them Have New Yorkers gotten more obese in the past ten years? Judging by those I see on the subway everyday, I'd have to say yes.

Aug. 12 2008 02:46 PM
Mike from Inwood

Erik asks: "And why aren't there more benches on the platforms? How much can a wooden bench cost???"

There were more benches in the not-too-distant past. The MTA removed them in the 1990s because homeless people begam to live on them.

Aug. 12 2008 12:19 PM
Michael Allen from Brooklyn

Janet: "...cavelier and elitist..." Yes! Thankyou - just what I was thinking. And superficial and uncritical. An example of mediocre quality of the substitute moderator (NO EXCUSE, wnyc), and maybe cramming too many topics into one show.

Aug. 12 2008 12:08 PM
Erik from Manhattan

It would also help if they designed cars that did not have poles or straps to hang onto near the doors. That would move people into the cars, away from the doors, making ingress and egress more efficient.

Aug. 12 2008 12:00 PM
Mike from Inwood

Thadeus comments: "If it's that bad then ridership would go down instead of continually increasing. What a bunch of whiners! I'm impressed with how many listeners are not listening. This is a pilot program that will attempt to address overcrowding and move commuters more quickly during rush hour (which is a good thing)."

You are obviously a transplant. 'Pilot program' is a code word for the new cars are already ordered and will replace the existing ones when they are retired no matter how unsuccessful the pilot or what the people who actually ride the trains think.

Aug. 12 2008 11:54 AM
HarlemLady from Harlem New York

question which platforms/stations have riders waiting three trains before being able to board, which platforms/stations can accommodate that many people waiting. America the leader is following toyko and mexico city

Aug. 12 2008 11:52 AM

If it's that bad then ridership would go down instead of continually increasing.

What a bunch of whiners! I'm impressed with how many listeners are not listening. This is a pilot program that will attempt to address overcrowding and move commuters more quickly during rush hour (which is a good thing). You may appreciate that there's more room during rush hour and that you get out of the tube faster.

His math was correct. He repeated the proposal that 4 out of a 10 car train would have the flex seats (50/car x 4 cars = 200 extra people per train.

I'm also impressed no one suggested transportation alternatives. There's just too many people using limited services during rush hour What's your solution?

Aug. 12 2008 11:50 AM
Mike from Inwood

Hugh asks: "What's the term for mathematical illiteracy -- innumeracy? People really don't get it. Yes, more people will be going through the doors per unit time. But for people standing already, the feeling simply _CANNOT_ feel different. ...And seated riders at rush inhibit free flow of standing passengers. Fact."

Hugh, Fact: People are not going to move through the doors faster because they are no seats. Fact: The additional people will inhibit movement just as much as seats. Fact: The people who would have to stand the longest if there were no seats are now the ones who now get the seats because they get on the train first.

Aug. 12 2008 11:49 AM
Erik from Manhattan

And why aren't there more benches on the platforms? How much can a wooden bench cost???

Aug. 12 2008 11:47 AM
Erik from Manhattan

I still don't get it.
Why not just run more frequent regular subway trains? Every 3 minutes during rush hour, instead of every 6 or 8 or 10 minutes?

And don't let the conductors answer any questions from people on the platforms.

Aug. 12 2008 11:45 AM
Mike from Inwood

David Aronowitz states: "Seatless subway - excellent idea, to move more people. I would love to stand all the time - I think MTA should make the whole train seatless during rush hours." and "The buses too - should be seatless"

David, you sould like a guy who needs to have his knees broken, then we'd see how much of a good idea you think this is.

Aug. 12 2008 11:44 AM
Michael Allen from Brooklyn

In London for example (OK, no air conditioning)the seats are actually upholstered and padded. Bus seats in nyc are generally upholstered over hard plastic, which is much better than nothing. The new model subway cars do finally have modern suspension systems but this is combined with fewer and worse seats. Automobiles get more luxurious and comfortable over time and mass transit gets worse.
While I'm bitching, wouldn't it be possible for MTA to start putting in exhaust systems in the really hot station platforms? An exhaust system halfway between stairways would suck out hot air and pull fresh air down the stairwells. The stations were built before cars with AC which put all the heat they remove from inside the cars into the platforms, plus an extra per centage of heat from the inherent innefficiency of the AC system.

Aug. 12 2008 11:42 AM
Janet Becker from Manhattan

This subway plan seems poorly thought out and punitive to the "masses" (herds?) who cooperate with the City's requests that we reduce traffic and air pollution by using public transportation. The "pay-off" is that we get to stand in even more crowded cars, probably at increased fares, to boot!

Also, there are many people, not all of whom are visibly or "officially" disabled, who cannot stand on subways for long periods of time. Currently, even those who are clearly in need of a seat (e.g., pregnant, on crutches, etc.) are not offered seats by young and fit passengers who sit, seemingly oblivious to those around them. With seats even more limited, in designated front or rear cars, commuting to and from work will become even more unbearable than it is now.

The discussion on your show seems cavalier and elitist, showing little concern for quality-of-life issues which increasingly reduce NYC's population to the status of cattle.

Aug. 12 2008 11:34 AM
Liz from brooklyn

The tax abatement scam ha gotten out of hand. I looked at a buildin yesterday where appartment are $600,000 and up and they had a 15 year tax abatement. 2 or 3 perfectly good tax paying houses were torn to build 9 luxury condos that will not pay taxes.

Aug. 12 2008 11:33 AM
chris o from new york city

Robert #58 - I don't take my bike on the subway, or only rarely and never at peak or busy times. I don't think you see many people with bikes in the subway at rush hour. I hope not. Anyway, you don't pay for the bike but you could be told you can't get on at busy times.

Maybe cyclists use it instead of a bus or other connector so the train is used for one part of the trip, and the bicycle for the other. Or something like that.

Aug. 12 2008 11:33 AM
EchoBeach from Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

I hope the deodorant companies have enough in their budget for advertising on the MTA.

Aug. 12 2008 11:32 AM
anonyme from midtown manhattan

I already can't stand teh density; hard on my nerves.

I agree with Barbara - walking or just leaving NY. How many more stresses can you impose - tiny expensive living quarters, parks overcrowded - no breathing room - MTA stole our money in the first place!

Aug. 12 2008 11:29 AM
Michael Allen from Brooklyn

MTA is already on the road to seatless subway cars. The new cars on the N line have only lengthwise benches without even individual seats. The old cars had a combination of lenghwise and crosswise back to back seats. The new cars therefore have 20 fewer seats than the old ones. Which means that people start standing about two stops earlier on the way to Manhattan. The subway needs a modern signal system that would allow less headway and more trains, not torturing passengers for more capacity. Of course the appalling condition of subway stations, particularly outside Manhattan, is further evidence of a century of underinvestment in the subway system.

Aug. 12 2008 11:28 AM
David Aronowitz from Riverdale

The buses too - should be seatless.

Aug. 12 2008 11:28 AM

Just another clarifying development: NYC
is for the wealthy and the people who serve them.
As the non-wealthy are spun out further from
the gentrified city center, their commute
becomes proportionally less tolerable. The
masters, of course, take taxis between condo
and office.

Aug. 12 2008 11:28 AM

Joan, 6 of the 10 cars are still going to be the 'traditional' kind with seats, so 4x50=200.

Aug. 12 2008 11:27 AM
Paulo from Paterson, New Jersey

I think it might actually be EASIER to move without seats because the seats are a limiting factor on movement. The question is though: Will this lead to the car being/feeling more crowded? I doubt it. I've been crammed into a car so tight that I could feel my bones adjusting to compensate for the compression on my body and that's with seats.

Aug. 12 2008 11:26 AM

What about mothers with babies and small kids? They are always being shafted. No seats, no way to get out, alarms going off when they do, missing trains cause they can't get some lazy MTA employee to open the door for them. It bows my mind.

Aug. 12 2008 11:26 AM
jade from ny

Why doesn't the city do more to shift work hours? And shift workplaces? Move City offices to Queens or Staten Island?

Aug. 12 2008 11:26 AM
Rob from Bronx

I will see EchoBeach segregate by sex and raise it to Saudi Arabia standards. If women cannot drive then they will all have to ride the subways and men drive. Separate the sexes and then we will solve the groping problem while providing jobs for all the new therapist required to get people to adjust.

Aug. 12 2008 11:25 AM
SAM from New Jersey

At 55 years old, standing will become less and less possible as I get older.

I can see I'll be taking the bus. The rich developers getting all the money from the additional condos should be paying impact fees and not getting away with murder

Aug. 12 2008 11:25 AM
Jen from Brooklyn

I think this is a good practical idea. New York City subway trains are not going to become any less crowded in the immediate future. At least this way they can be crowded, but more efficient.

Aug. 12 2008 11:25 AM
florion bregasi from NY, NY

It is hard to eliminate all the seats, maybe they should think of making cars with opening and closing seats, so they close if not necessary for more room, and one mor ecomment, they can announce on what side of the train is located the platform so peaple can prepare in time to get off the train.

Aug. 12 2008 11:25 AM
Robert from NYC

Which reminds me Chris O...Why are people on the subway with their bikes? Why don't they just ride their bikes!! Do they pay for the bike? If they were in Milan they would have to pay for the bike. After all they do take up space.

Aug. 12 2008 11:25 AM
Susan from Kingston, New York

There needs to be more investment in the infrastructure of New York City, especially public transportation. No more tax breaks for the developers of luxury condos.

Aug. 12 2008 11:25 AM
Alexander from Westchester, NY

I know people mentioned groping, but what about pick-pockets? With people crammed in like sardines it will only be easier for the nimble-fingered to lighten our pockets. Rush hour would become prime-time for crime.

Aug. 12 2008 11:24 AM
troy from ny

It's my understanding that the cars are not seatless, they only have flip-down seats.

Aug. 12 2008 11:23 AM

It's my understanding that the cars are not without seats, they only have flip down seats. This makes a bit more sense especially considering disabled riders.

Aug. 12 2008 11:22 AM
lezlie from brooklyn

I really wish this speaker wold be forced to take into consideration the many disabled passengers who rely on the already discriminatory mass transit system in what is the most inaccessible city of its size in the US.

Aug. 12 2008 11:22 AM
lester from wash hts

very interesting show. loving all the good ideas being put forth.

Aug. 12 2008 11:21 AM
Caroline from NYC

It wouldn't be an issue if people were more polite and had decent etiquette. Whenever you see a crowded subway car that you can't get into there is typically lots of standing room in the middle of the car by the seats but people just refuse to move further into the car so the rest of us have to wait on the platform for the next train. Apparently, those people are more important than the rest of us and have beeter places to go. As you can see, it really irks me!

Aug. 12 2008 11:21 AM
chris o from new york city

Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle - like they do in Amsterdam, after all this is New Amsterdam.

Aug. 12 2008 11:21 AM

this is also a safety issue, buildings are only allowed to have so many people, subway cars are no different. How are you going ot ge tpeople out sfaetly in an emergency? Why should my life be in danger because the MTA can't figure out how to build a subway line for 50 years to fix this problem. I smeel a lawsuit here

Aug. 12 2008 11:21 AM
Paulo from Paterson, New Jersey

How often do you actually get a seat at rush hour anyway? Now everybody on the car will be equally inconvenienced.

Aug. 12 2008 11:20 AM
Hugh from Crown Heights

What's the term for mathematical illiteracy -- innumeracy?

People really don't get it. Yes, more people will be going through the doors per unit time. But for people standing already, the feeling simply _CANNOT_ feel different. It's raw math.

Most riders stand during rush hour. Fact.

And seated riders at rush inhibit free flow of standing passengers. Fact.

Aug. 12 2008 11:20 AM
Mike from Inwood

Joan notes: "Uh, 50 people per car on a 10 car train is 500 additional people, not 200."

Maybe it's the 'new math'. Or maybe this is why things don't work here.

Aug. 12 2008 11:19 AM
David Aronowitz from Riverdale

Seatless subway - excellent idea, to move more people.

I would love to stand all the time - I think MTA should make the whole train seatless during rush hours.

Mayor Bloomberg is right - he should have control of NYC TA just like Board of education and no raise to the fare.

Aug. 12 2008 11:19 AM
Matt from Manhattan

Sounds like a cattle equation - 50 more people per car.

Aug. 12 2008 11:19 AM

i hate this idea.
i get on at first stop so i always have a seat in the morning.

Aug. 12 2008 11:19 AM
eastvillage from eastvillage

It's similar to the building the freeways: If you build it they will come! Won't this just make more people choose the subway and all that will happen is the cars will be packed and the platform will remain congested and the problem of congestion will not be solved.

Aug. 12 2008 11:19 AM
Brian from Brooklyn

This is an asinine idea that proves what I've always expected: the directors of the MTA do NOT take the subway.

Aug. 12 2008 11:19 AM
Robert from NYC

Will the end of the line have a welcoming sign that reads "Work makes you free!"?

Aug. 12 2008 11:18 AM
Mike from Inwood

If there are 50 more people on each car, how will the ones in the middle get on and off at their stops? People already refuse to move to the middle. Maybe the amswer is to move the seats to the middle! I think the people who make these decisions should be forced to ride the subway. That's the real problem; the decision makers do not have any idea what it's like to ride the subway.

Aug. 12 2008 11:18 AM
Frank from Brooklyn

Will the extra weight have any effect on the outside elevated bridges?

Aug. 12 2008 11:18 AM
Tess from Bay Ridge

What about people who live at the beginning of of the subway line? Are some people going to forced to stand all the way from the Bronx to midtown/downtown on the lex line? That would suck.

Aug. 12 2008 11:17 AM
m star from manhattan

Isn't this directly related to the development boom? As more high-rise condo bldgs go up, our neighborhoods get denser, and -- surprise! -- more people are using the subway. Is there any limit to the population density Manhattan can sustain? Developers think not.

Aug. 12 2008 11:17 AM

Great, take away the very last vestige of the idea that you are transporting human beings, and make it into a true livestock car. At least now, I have some hope of sitting sometime.

If their purpose is to clear the subways of all but the most able-bodied, this would be a good way to go about it. Pregnant women, small children, the elderly, the injured and otherwise disabled-- all eliminated from blocking the flow of commerce. Social Darwinism, served pretty raw.

Aug. 12 2008 11:17 AM
exlege from brooklyn

we need to test new solutions; stop dismissing alternatives. Let's try it first.

Aug. 12 2008 11:17 AM
EchoBeach from Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

Heck, let's go one step further and segregate by sex to prevent groping (as they do in some Asian cities).

Aug. 12 2008 11:17 AM
Joan from Manhattan

Uh, 50 people per car on a 10 car train is 500 additional people, not 200.

Aug. 12 2008 11:17 AM
hjs from 11211

how about getting people to step away from the doors, move into the center of the cars.
we've all seen trains empty in the middle but can't get in the door.

Aug. 12 2008 11:16 AM
Mike from Inwood

The caller suggests that since she does not get on toward the end of the line, the new program would make no difference to her. She als ohas a short ride.

Aug. 12 2008 11:16 AM

I think this is a bad idea - the rides should be made more humane, tolerable and EFFICIENT, not crowded ... Can you imagine being stuck like a pack of sardines... or cattle ... in a stalled train, pregnant, or elderly or disabled...groped, and pick-pocketed (Ooops, my newly bought soone to go up in price Metrocard was just lifted)...

Aug. 12 2008 11:16 AM
Ian from Brooklyn

Once again MTA has its head buried in the sand. They're sacrificing safety over profit. I don't understand why they would the lives of passengers at risk by not addressing the more pressing issue that long plague NYC subways systems-emergency radio communications for first responders and improveing PA system in all cars to to provide passengers of needed information. Adding 50 additional passengers will not solve congestion issue. It will only increase the problem and safety of the passengers.

Aug. 12 2008 11:15 AM
inquisigal from Brooklyn

I think this is a stupid idea; is it really going to save that much space and time? I think of the few times when I had to go to work on a day where I was sick, or worked an 8 hour day on my feet, and was so grateful to be able to sit down. It's bad enough having to ride the subway when it's packed, but having the chance to maybe get a seat at transfer stations can be the only thing that gets you through an otherwise uncomfortable commute.

Aug. 12 2008 11:15 AM
Amy from Brooklyn, NY

Maybe if the MTA actually gets that SECOND AVE SUBWAY line built that will alleviate some of the problem... at least on the 4,5,6.

Aug. 12 2008 11:15 AM
Anne from Manhattan

Disabled only car? What about their caregivers? Family? My dad's disabled, does he ride all by himself on the disabled car?

Also, even though my dad's disabled. He is very stubborn about being identified as such. He'd never get into the "disabled car".

This whole idea is very bad. I'm so tired of getting the short end of these economic hard times. Even the trains on the LIRR are overcrowded because they're making the trains shorter.

Aug. 12 2008 11:15 AM
Peter from Manhattan

Incredibly good idea -- the skinny 1 train, not yet subject to the wide-car upgrade, constantly has a problem with people piling around the doors and not "moving to the middle of the car" as we're told.

Creating a standing-room-only subways on the Broadway line would provide some much-needed relief.

Aug. 12 2008 11:15 AM
Randy Paul from Jackson Heights, NY

On the subject of groping, Mexico City and Tokyo have wome only cars.

Aug. 12 2008 11:15 AM
Rob from Bronx

I am always amazed at people who rush to grab a seat only to get off in a couple of stops. Once there are some provisions made for the people who really can't stand this is a great idea.

Aug. 12 2008 11:15 AM
Hugh from Crown Heights

Statistically (depressing though this sounds) it will probably make no difference to groping.

BUT it will eliminate conflicts of seating and idiots kicking their legs out and people trying to take up a seat with bags.

AND the feeling of crowding will not be that much greater. People will be evenly distributed over the new area. The _feeling_ of crowding will be the same for people standing.

Aug. 12 2008 11:14 AM
Jasonin-Bkyn from Bkyn

Groping is so sexist. For all the groping I do I only get groped every now and then by other men!

Aug. 12 2008 11:13 AM
Mike from Inwood

Leshka states: "We'd fit more riders on the train if half of the men who sit close their legs, sit up straight and stop taking up two seats and a space in front of them."

And we'd have even more room if women didn't wheel their SUV-sized baby cariiages onto the subway. Isn't it technically illegal to do that? I was on a SRO car the other day and one woman had the carriage completely spanning one door.

Aug. 12 2008 11:12 AM
Ralph from Bowery

I guess we'll have 30 of us standing while one guy leans on the pole, so we have nothing to hold on to when the train lurches, and we all go flying?

How about some new rules/words to the wise for riders other than don't lean on the doors - no one pays any mind to that one anyway.

Aug. 12 2008 11:12 AM

Any word on which line(s) they'll have the pilot program on? I'm guessing the 4/5/6, since they're the most over-crouded.

Aug. 12 2008 11:11 AM
Nicole from Manhattan

Make a separate car for strollers instead. They will be more comfortable and it will ease crowding inside cars as well as the process of getting on and off the train.

Aug. 12 2008 11:10 AM
vince from soho

what about seats for pregnant women and the elderly?

it's bad enough as it is that young and healthy riders rarely give up their seats to those who can't stand for long periods of time.

Aug. 12 2008 11:10 AM

re my post (11) - I meant to say - I was rough shouldered standing up and PREGNANT!

Aug. 12 2008 11:10 AM
Jennifer from Astoria, NY

I am currently expecting a baby and had to stop working after 35 weeks because I couldn't physically handle the morning and evening commutes. I can't imagine what I would have done if there hadn't been any seats in some of the cars.

Aug. 12 2008 11:10 AM
Mike from Inwood

I have a vascular disease and cannot stand for long periods. I moved to the end of the subway line so that I could always get a seat.

Aug. 12 2008 11:08 AM

Oh, please, I used to stand up all the time on the ride to work, and actually had a *woman* rough shoulder me for more room! People are idiots no matter what...

Aug. 12 2008 11:08 AM
Tommy from Brooklyn

Right on, Leshka. I actually though, "Great! now the half of the men will have to stop taking up two seats and a space in front of them will have to stand up instead."

Could we consider a "disabled only" car that is always at the front or back? It would probably require the honor system. We'll see how that works out.

Aug. 12 2008 10:58 AM
PP from Queens

There will still be folding seats right? I see them on the 6 subway cars. People (usually) just stand up when it gets crowded.

Aug. 12 2008 10:58 AM
O from Forest Hills

Remember the funny lady who called about the subway trouble several weeks ago and she said some of the men sit like they have a Fabreje egg instead of their personal parts on the train and take up two seats?

That lady was so funny. Thank you for the laugh!!

Aug. 12 2008 10:53 AM
anonyme from midtown manhattan


I hurt my feet last year - already it is hard enough to get around if you are disabled - and how about pregnant wormen and old people.

Must've been clueless male bureaucrats who never take the subway who came up with this.

Aug. 12 2008 10:50 AM

Yeah, then maybe, when people see the homeless lying on the floor instead of taking up subway seats, we'll actually do something to help them? Hmmm, .... nah, I doubt it.

Aug. 12 2008 10:38 AM
O from Forest Hills


What are you referring to about weight? How many people would fit in the car and it is heavier to pull or about someone whom is overweight that takes up 2 seats on the train?

Aug. 12 2008 10:36 AM
Leshka from UES

We'd fit more riders on the train if half of the men who sit close their legs, sit up straight and stop taking up two seats and a space in front of them.

I know, I'm a crotchedy old woman at 30.

If the "standing room only" cars are attached to conventional cars where people who need to sit can do so, then it should be a "good" idea. We'll still have a lot of riders waiting longer to get a train.

Question: Is weight an issue in this case?

Aug. 12 2008 10:30 AM
O from Forest Hills

Will there be cars with seating for disabled, elderly, not everyone can stand the whole time?

Aug. 12 2008 10:10 AM
michaelw from INWOOD

This is a great idea because I'm tired of giving up my seat. As a young man you can never seat ever.

However those days when I do sit it sucks when you have to give up your seat and do the right thing.

With the seatless trains I don't have to deal with giving up my seat. :)

Aug. 12 2008 09:43 AM
dailyrider from NYC

They're called CATTLE CARS. (nothing new)

Aug. 12 2008 09:41 AM

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