Advantages of a Seatless Subway Car

Okay, so it’s no secret anymore: the Transit Authority is about to roll out a new experiment– subway cars with folding seats, which will be locked in the up position during rush hour. In other words, a seatless subway car, or standing room only. For many riders, this is no big deal; they never get a seat anyway. For others, it’s the ultimate insult from a TA that constantly raises fares and doesn’t seem to improve service. The TA says a car without seats will provide more space for more riders. This is the obvious advantage. But what are some other benefits? Following is a list I came up with; see if you can contribute your own:
1] No smelly bums laying out, taking up seats.
2] Less chance of someone falling asleep next to you and falling in your lap.
3] More difficult for the riders who do their personal care on the subway, especially the annoying people who insist on clipping nails on board.
4] Don’t have to worry about giving your seat to the elderly or pregnant
5] Less likely to have someone next to you eating their greasy food.

2 Comments so far

  1. katjushka on August 6th, 2008 @ 12:04 pm

    I think it’s pretty sad that there are folks out there who see giving up your seat to the elderly or pregnant as a "worry." As I see it, its a basic tenet of being a decent human being, not just to give up your seat because you think you have to, but to see the necessity of being kind to one another in a world that is already so stifled with apathy and self-centeredness. Try it, give up your seat willingly, with pleasure. It’s a huge change from doing it out of obligation.


  2. Steven (unregistered) on October 14th, 2010 @ 3:55 am

    Its a basic tenet of being a decent human being, not just to give up your seat because you think you have to. Subway cars with folding seats, which will be locked in the up position during rush hour. Thank you for your article.



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