MTA board members should stand to test out life without seats

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There is more to “It Does Look Bare Without Seats, Maybe A Mural Would Help” (Editorial Cartoon -- Oct. 13). Removal of corner seats on A, E, F & R line subway cars to accommodate more riders is the equivalent of putting lipstick on a pig.

Homeless people gravitate to both the E & R lines since the routes run 100 percent underground, providing consistent warmth in the winter and cool in the summer. Now, they will gravitate to the middle seats, depriving regular riders. Let MTA Chairman Joe Lhota, board members, agency presidents and other staff lead by example. Give up your seats at future MTA board meetings. Try standing for one hour like riders do and see how you like it. 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.

Even worse will be locking up foldable seats in the middle of the car during rush hours on the Canarsie L line to fit in even more riders. Will the motorman, conductor or car cleaners be responsible for going through each car to lock and unlock seats? Will they ask for modifications to existing union contracts for obtaining additional financial compensation in taking on new work? 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 future receipt of $1.3 billion in fiscal year 2018 Federal Transit Administration funding.

MTA needs to find $17 billion of the $20 billion needed to bring the subway signal system up to a state of good repair. Purchase 1,000 new cars in addition to routine replacement subway cars to expand the existing fleet. Support the larger car fleet with new and additional yard and shop space. This will provide a real solution to increase capacity necessary to deal with all the new riders.

Larry Penner

Great Neck

Posted 12:00 am, October 31, 2017
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Mta sucks from Queens says:
The mta is so sucky! They want to allow strollers on buses without being folded up and no seats on subway cars! That MAKES NO SENSE! You try being an elderly person or pregnant woman ALL DAY LONG and see how good your feet feel after working all day. I used to work in coney island and i live in queens. So you try taking a LONG COMMUTE like that while standing up the WHOLE WAY! Just deport the illegals from this city and we will be ok. They are the ones crowding up the subways to begin with.
Oct. 31, 2017, 5:07 am
Thanks homeless from Queens says:
The seats have been removed to keep the homeless and there many piles of junk from hogging subway seats. This was done in reaction to the mayor's decision to ignore the homeless who camp out and block streets and seats. The majority of these people are drug addicts and/or mentally ill. Those problems should be addressed instead of removing seats and putting the people in expensive hotels.
Oct. 31, 2017, 1:04 pm
Mr. Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. says:
This is America: We are not following the same ideas from Japan.
Nov. 11, 2017, 10:34 am

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