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MTA removes some subway seats to deal with overcrowding

NEW YORK — Look for fewer seats and more room to stand on some E trains.

(MTA)

The MTA removed seats from the end of each car in an attempt to increase passenger capacity by 80-100 passengers per train, officials said. Plans were previously announced  to remove some seats in cars that travel along the L line and Grand Central Shuttle in Manhattan.

The MTA has started rolling out 100 "refurbished and reconfigured" R- 160 type trains cars on the E line. They have replacement "master controllers" which the MTA says are responsible for braking and acceleration.

That equipment was identified as one of the biggest causes of failures and mechanical problems with this type of car.

This pilot program is part of the larger emergency action plan that has been designed to address major causes of dealays.

"We do not have time to waste when it comes to improving the customer experience and service for our riders,” said MTA Chairman Joe Lhota. “This pilot goes directly to the heart of that goal by attacking a significant cause of failures on these cars and making a fast, targeted improvement."

Fewer seats should also reduce the time it takes for passengers to get on and off the trains.

The E train cars with fewer seats have additional poles and hand rails. Train cars will have some exterior blue wrapping to identify them.

Riders that spoke with PIX11 News on the platform at Queens Plaza want to see results.

"Getting more passengers onto trains, in a more efficient manner, is absolutely essential," Lhota said.