The Lexington Avenue trains are entirely too crowded, it’s at capacity, it’s damn-near inhumane at times. People are getting sick of the MTA/ City Of New York dangling the Second Avenue carrot in front of our faces like we’re not noticing we’re being strung along- for decades. When the MTA’s in the black, they make promises they can’t keep when they’re in the red.
Even if they had trains running ever 60 seconds it still wouldn’t satisfy the East Side’s need for more transportion. They need to just take seats out of some of the trains. At most, only 50 people can sit down in one train car at time, but if those seats were removed, it would fit quadruple the amount of people. Of course, I’m not saying remove every seat on an entire train, some people need to sit down. What the MTA should do is take out the seats from 2 cars on every train. That would mean an extra three to four hundred people during rush hour.
Removal of seats is one of the least costly ideas for the overcrowding on the 4/5/6 lines. The MTA’s dragging their feet when it comes other options. Even if the Second Avenue subway line was completed on schedule that still would mean another five to ten years before the green lines would feel some relief. Seat removal is the kind of initiative that could go into effect immediately. The removed seats can be reused as spare parts for when older trains wear out. They would only need to create a radiator grille so people don’t get burned.