NOT THE SHARPEST KNIVES IN THE DRAWER: Why Stand, When You Can … Never Mind
As if descending into a fetid pit, standing on a crowded platform while on the lookout for an unattended-package-that-could-be-a-bomb and a nut job who’s waiting to shove you onto the tracks as a subway train is pulling into the station, and cramming yourself onto a train twice a day isn’t unpleasant enough, under a controversial proposal NYers could have been forced to stand on inter-borough commutes that can take up to 90 minutes. The New York Daily News reports:
NYC Transit won't try to cram even more subway riders aboard trains by deploying cars without seats. …
A one-train pilot program, conceived more than a year ago, was expected to begin sometime this year so managers could evaluate a low-cost way of carrying more rush-hour passengers.
But with riders getting slammed with fare hikes and service cuts, the new NYC Transit administration saw trouble down the line.
"People are already feeling they're paying more for less," a transit official said.
Fuhgeddaboudit, says Andrew Albert, who represents straphangers’ interests on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board: "[P]eople would have brought bolt cutters and unlocked the seats."