Muni to Test Seat Reconfiguration
Photo via StreetsBlog
Muni is looking to reconfigure the forward- and backward-facing seats on the light rail train cars to accomodate more riders and speed up boarding, reports StreetsBlog.
According to StreetsBlog:
The SFMTA plans to run a trial starting in January by putting one reconfigured prototype car into service, which would be monitored over six months before reconfiguring other train cars.
The pilot is moving forward at the behest of Supervisors Scott Wiener and London Breed, who called a hearing held yesterday on how the agency can increase capacity on its metro system while Muni riders await a new, larger train fleet due to arrive in 2017. By converting most seats to a sideways-facing orientation, planners estimate they could allow room for five to eight more passengers per train car while removing obstacles that can create bottlenecks when riders squeeze in and out at stops.
One question: in the new seat configuration, which one is the Muni pimp seat?