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Sat Dec 20, 2014, 12:20 PM

NYC: MTA To Combat Subway Delays With 'Platform Conductors'


There were five days in September when New York City's daily subway ridership exceeded 6 million. November had six such days. MTA officials have called those ridership numbers "unprecedented."

But as ridership grows, so do delays. This year, 25 percent of all subway trains were at least five minutes late. That's a 51 percent increase over last year.

Part of the problem, says MTA chief Tom Prendergast, is that crowded conditions are slowing things down on the platform level. Each subway line has a schedule which accounts for 'dwell time.' That's the length of time it takes from the moment a train pulls into the station to the moment it closes its doors and pulls out again. "So if we're programmed in the schedule for 30 seconds of dwell time at the station, but it's taking 45 seconds to a minute, you will slow down the movement of trains," Prendergast said.

Or as MTA board member Charles Moerdler put it: "You cannot fit more sardines in a sardine can than we do today." ...........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.wnyc.org/story/mta-deploys-subway-platform-conductors-combat-subway-delays/



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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Dec 20, 2014, 12:25 PM

1. Like the pushers in Japan?



Train pushers--same idea (1991)

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Response to MADem (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 20, 2014, 01:06 PM

2. Exactly what came to my mind.

 

Of course the other "feature" of the car packing is the pervasive groping.

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