First it was removal of corner seats on subway cars to accommodate more commuters as a temporary solution to dealing with the growth in ridership. Now it is locking up foldable seats in the middle of the car during rush hours on the Canarsie L line to fit in even more riders.
This ignores the needs of pregnant, physically challenged and elderly riders. It also may be in violation of the Americans with Disability Act, which could jeopardize $1.3 billion in Federal Transit Administration funding in fiscal Year 2018.
Will the motorman, conductor or car cleaners be responsible for going thru each car to lock and unlock seats? Will they ask for modifications to existing union contracts for additional financial compensation for taking on new work?
The MTA needs to find $17 billion of the $20 billion needed to bring the subway signal system up to a state of good repair, starting with the upcoming 2020-2024 and other future Five-Year Capital Programs.
Do the same for purchasing 1,000 new subway cars to expand the existing fleet. This will provide a real solution to increase capacity necessary to deal with all the new riders.