Passengers aboard the MRT in Bangkok were apparently a little perplexed on Monday after the normal scramble for seats was non-existent after they found that there was no longer seats in the carriage.
In a new move introduced on Monday the MRT has taken away all the seats from the middle of each train in an effort to fit more passengers aboard during rush hours.
A statement was released on twitter on Monday asking for passengers for their cooperation during a trial period where seats from the middle car of all blue line trains have been removed to fit in more passengers.
A picture shows that additional handrails have been fitted in the cars and for those wanting to sit down seats are still present in the other cars.
Response to the move has been met with mixed opinions online with some welcoming the additional passenger capacity while others said they would like things to return to normal.
One user commented “if you remove the seats, then reduce the price.”
While others took a slightly more comical stance “now I wish AirAsia and NokAir would do the same,” Pithai Saiyawong wrote.
However the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) was not too happy with the latest move who were apparently blindside by the MRT.
The chief of the SRT, Rittika Suparat said that the SRT was not informed of the plan to remove the seats.
Rittika acknowledged that while a similar approach had been implemented in other countries to solve the issue of overcrowding they should have made their plan to do so public before carrying it out.
The SRT said they plan to call representatives from MRT to discuss the removal of the seats.
Source : Coconuts
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