Updated: Jan 1, 2019
Can we at least have a conversation?
Every year, the PATH system of New York and New Jersey undergo renovations that disrupt the commute of millions of commuters. From signal systems to track repairs to car maintenance, the Port Authority just brings it on under the promise of a better ride for all.
Again, a better ride for all.
They have been doing these repairs for many many years yet there's one thing that they haven't touched, which I strongly believe will contribute to "a better ride."
We need to redesign the seating arrangement inside the trains.
The way it is now is that people who are seated on both sides of the train are facing in instead of facing out towards the windows (SEE FIGURE 1). This is a problem. Not only do seated commuters sit face-to-face, eyeball-to-eyeball for their entire journey, they also come face-to-face with the asses and crotches of commuters who are standing. By the way, I don't understand why standing commuters would even entertain this way of standing. Can't they stand in a way that seated commuters face their hips and not their butts and groins?
Anyway, to avoid these uncomfortable face-offs, the PATH should reverse the seats so people are facing the window sparing themselves from early morning stare-downs with the nether regions of the human anatomy. (SEE FIGURE 2)
It's time for the PATH to address this problem and really contribute to the betterment of their commuters rides.