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MTA Considers Ideas to Ease Overcrowding as Subway Ridership Increases

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With subway ridership soaring, the MTA is looking at ways to ease overcrowding on the platforms. Several ideas are being considered to help address the large crowds. NY1's Rocco Vertuccio filed the following report.

Riding the subway these days can test even the most experienced commuters' patience.

"Yeah sometimes they push you on the train, it can be annoying,” said one rider.

The MTA says record ridership, six million a day in October, has made overcrowded platforms a problem like never before.

You know it's bad when someone Clarence Thomas' size gets bumped around.

"You got to be a linebacker to get on the trains in New York,” he said, laughing.

In some stations, the platforms are so crowded during the morning and evening commute, there is no room to move.

"You have to be careful because sometimes there’s so many people on the platforms that somebody could bump you and throw you over,” said another rider.

MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast says one possible solution is adding more platform conductors. They're the men and women with flashlights who help herd subway riders on and off the trains faster. He wants the board to approve overtime costs for the manpower.

"If you drawn an analogy to the increasing ridership on the subway, my staff always hates analogies because they wonder where they're going with it, to a boiling pot of water, you know as the water starts to boil, it starts to come over the lip of the boiling tool. And you either you reduce the flame or you cap it. If you don't, it all spills out," said Prendergast.

The MTA says people who try to get on the trains before people exit make the problem even worse. Some commuters blame poor service.

"More trains would be more helpful - yeah a lot more trains during all times during the day."

"The main problem is the delays - that's about it. Me : Delays in trains keep more people on the platform longer? That's it exactly."

"The MTA admits eventually it will need a long term solution including increasing service and a more modern signal system.

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