The Next Stop Project is hoping to gather discarded subway fare cards and combine leftover balances to distribute to needy people.
[The MTA thinks needy people should roll over and die.]
“Customers do change seats as seats become available due to passengers disembarking,” the report said, in language riders would be unlikely to use: “but seat-change maneuvers incur utility costs (movement effort, and risk of desired seat becoming occupied midmaneuver).”
To mitigate this risk, the authors found, riders must often “relinquish their current less-desirable seats in advance of busy stops” to better position themselves near to where “seat-turnover” seems more likely.
“We cannot fully explain seating preference,” the authors added; they “only can describe it.”