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MTA removes seats on E-train as it aims to add 10 extra passengers per car


Oct. 3, 2017 By Christian Murray

The MTA is removing seats on the E train as part of a pilot program to make more room for subway riders.

The pilot program was rolled out this morning on a pair of E trains, where each car has room for about 10 extra riders– allowing for about 80 to 100 additional commuters per train.

The MTA has removed a seat at each end of the car to make way for the extra riders, which also allows commuters to get on and off the train with greater ease.

The agency launched two trains, consisting of 10 cars each, on the E line today and plans to introduce as many as 100 cars on the line by the end of the month as part of its pilot. The E-line runs through the heart of Queens into Eighth Ave. in Manhattan.

The revamp is part of the MTA’s Subway Action Plan where it plans to move a greater volume of people in a more reliable manner.

The MTA has revamped its existing R-160 cars to make for the extra room. As part of the change, the MTA says it has enhanced the performance of the R-160 though upgrades to the brakes and other components. The upgraded cars come with better handrails, LCD screens and interior and exterior wrapping so people can easily identify the pilot cars.

“Getting more passengers onto trains, in a more efficient manner, is absolutely essential – which is why we’re piloting the removal of select number of seats,” said MTA Chair Joseph Lhota.



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To the racist asshole I will say GFY. Immigrants are not the problem the cities population has been increasing for years which in turn increases ridership. I hope you stop contributing to the problem and don’t breed. The reason the MTA sucks is simple but hard to fix. For years the MTA fat cats have put off maintenance and upgrades at the cost of the taxpayer. The signal system is still mechanical which is ancient technology. To put it in perspective that’s like sending a text via telegram instead of an iPhone. You can have all these fancy new trains but if the system it runs on is 80 year old tech tech it won’t change anything. In order for them to fix this they need major funding and to shut down whole branches for years at a time. The MTA is 80 years behind they ain’t going to catch up in a few years . That’s the truth people don’t want to hear.


How about extending the g line to forest hills again? That would ease up room on the e trains too!

Nickodupoulous poppouloplis

Tuma how you know I’m Greek??? How???? I said Europe too, don’t you read??? Or don’t you know where is greece is located ??? Duhhhh !

Nickodupoulous poppouloplis

That’s because of the overpopulation in Jackson heights. Too many people. Close the boarders already No more people. Enough already. Trump is right but he has to include everybody. Mexican, middle eastern,Asian, European everybody.


Greeks, everyone except you and your family right? That’s not a solution but a racist blame game. MTA is just crumbling and not up to par, simple.


You are a troll or just a highly ignorant racist person. Greek? Yeah your family migrated as well… we certainly have an over population of Greeks in Astoria. We NEED to build a wall around Astoria to stop immigrants from Greece…. how does it hat feel?

Richie V


80 More passengers per Train ?

Say 150 lbs per passenger

= 12,000 lbs of weight

Can the train brakes handle that ?

Mary T Finn

Yeah, it can. The brakes on a train are more similar to the brakes on a truck than they are to those of your car. They work by locking on tight to the rail and not allowing the train to move at all until they are re-pressurized. If an air-brake can stop a truck with multiple axles and thousands of tons, it can stop a train. The extra weight is likely well within tolerances.

Annette Alberts

How about just focus on Less Breakdowns?? That would give 10 complete cars per train instead of None.


Thank. you. The MTA needs a major overhaul. We need to take our frustration to the polls in 2018.


I took my frustration now in 2017, I voted for Sal Albanese who had a proposal for the MTA. I guess we are stuck with useless Di Blasio.

Len Maniace

It’s the governor who controls the MTA, but the mayor needs to get on board with Move NYC, the sensible congestion pricing plan that would provide the money needed to revive transit in NYC, while actually reducing tolls where there is no alternative transit, including the Triboro Bridge.


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