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MRT ditches seats to squeeze more passengers in

The fight for a seat just got that much harder.

By Rowan Usher | Nov 20, 2017

  • MRT ditches seats to squeeze more passengers in
    Credit: MRT Bangkok Metro

This morning (Nov 20), the MRT rolled out its latest scheme to reduce the hellish commuter crush: removing seats to free up space for passengers to cram into.

The introduction of standing-only sections on trains on the MRT Blue Line was announced on the MRT Facebook page earlier today, with some trains already in service. The post emphasizes the need for passengers to co-operate and stand closer together to allow more passengers on the train. It does not state an end date for the experiment.

The plan has been met with mixed reviews already. Many have criticized the move, calling for higher train frequency instead. Plans are in the pipeline to bring more MRT trains into service by 2019. Until then, it looks like it’s going to be a bit of a squeeze. 

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