The MTA is looking into ways to ease the rush-hour crush, and the latest idea is to remove seats from subway cars to create more overall room in the car.
Joe Lhota, Governor Cuomo’s new appointee to lead the MTA, says the MTA will try removing seats on two lines, the L train and the S between Times Square and Grand Central. But he also mentioned that it could help the Broadway line, and particularly the 96th Street station, according to the Daily News.
“The standing-room only cars would accommodate about 25 more riders than current carriages, which hold roughly 150,” the News reported.
Other cities have tried this sort of thing, but riders tend not to like it, according to a News review. In Boston, the train authority tried removing seats from some lines, but put about half of the seats back two years later after customer complaints. The MTA still needs to work with federal regulators before it can launch the pilot on the L and S lines.