Small ideas can make Metro greater.

Line a station platform with continuous seats

Add long benches to the back walls of a side-platform Metro station, dramatically increasing how many people can sit while they wait for a train.

Train headways are long and getting longer, especially on the weekend. But many Metro stations have little seating on the platform, forcing riders to stand for 20-30 minutes at a time. Pick a station with heavy ridership and side platforms, and try out installing much longer benches along its back wall.

Submitted by: Dan M., Washington, DC


This is a really great idea. I especially recommend it for stations that serve hospitals, like Columbia Heights, Brookland, and Cheverly. People going to the doctor are more likely to need benches.

by Hester on Jun 22, 2016 10:15 am • linkreport

AMEN. A few stations are exceptionally bad, with virtually NO seating. And Dan M is being very generous - weekend headways can be 45 minutes or even worse, when single tracking bunches 2 or 3 trains together, followed by a long wait while 2 or 3 bunched in the other direction go by.

by Jim Miller on Jun 23, 2016 4:10 am • linkreport

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