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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.

Six million people ride the subway every day.

That's contributed to more delays on the trains and raised concerns about safety with so many people pack the platforms.

Several ideas are being considered to help address the large crowds, including sending more conductors to the city's busiest platforms to help riders on and off the trains.

MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast says overcrowding is a problem that needs quick action.

"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 it is also looking ahead to more long-term solutions, including increased service and a more modern signal system.

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