Saturday, February 20, 2010

A train with no seats

A train with no seats:

New York City Transit had a proposal just last year in which certain subway lines would have their seats removed for the duration of peak-hour services, which means that passengers boarding the subway cars would be forced to stand up during their commutes. It was unknown at the time which subway lines were going to have their seats removed. There were things that had to be put into perspective in which subway cars would have their seats removed.

Who was against this proposal?

Elderly and disabled passengers who needed to sit down during their commutes were unhappy about it, because they complained that they can’t stand for even minutes at a time.

Passengers who have to travel long distances were also unhappy about having to stand up as much as an hour because just standing up would make their commutes very tiring, in addition to other things they did, like school and work.

The plan was to have train cars with no cabs (trailer cars) have no seats. The train cars with cabs (separate sections where train operators and conductors do their business) would retain their seats.

The trains would have labels stating which cars had seats and which cars had no seats.

Trains with bench styled seating would have this rule in effect. Trains with perpendicular (forward and back facing seats) would not be affected.

Just to give you a rough idea, I’ll show you some interior shots.

These 75 foot cars wouldn't be affected by the proposal, because...

...look at the seating arrangement.

It would be too difficult to add folding seats because they are facing four different directions. The seats next to the windows would be a hassle to fold.

Now look at these cars, the R160 cars which are 60 feet long.

Looking at the seats, these would be folded up or removed to fit more standing passengers.

And or maybe to these 51 footers the R142 and R142A cars running on the numbered lines, their seats may be replaced by folding seats that can be folded and locked during rush hours too.

This would make sense to make these seats fold-able so they can be locked during rush hours. I don't know if this is going to be in effect or not. Basically, since the trains listed with bench seating, the New Technology trains, have those types of seats, they might as well be subjected to this new rule.

How would you feel if you rode a subway train with no seats?

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