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Letters: Avoiding the middle seat

Riding the Long Beach train to Manhattan's Penn

Riding the Long Beach train to Manhattan's Penn Station during rush hour, some LIRR passengers choose to stand for the duration of their trip, explaining that they may not want to sit in the middle seats (which often are available) or that they like to position themselves near the doors for a quick exit upon arrival. (May 4, 2012) Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick

In "Dreaded middle seat" [News, May 6], Newsday highlighted the seating problems for commuters on some Long Island Rail Road trains, especially the 7:39 a.m. from Long Beach to Penn Station.

I rode the LIRR for almost 30 years, and I can tell you there is sufficient seating on rush-hour trains from Rockville Centre, Baldwin, Freeport, Merrick, Bellmore and Wantagh. They have the best express service; they don't stop to take on more passengers at Jamaica.

Except for the one express from Penn, the trains on the Long Beach branch stop at Jamaica, jamming them with more passengers. The LIRR should stop playing favorites with certain Long Island communities.

Richard T. DeVito, Long Beach

I have an idea that might make the middle seat more attractive: Raise the height of the seat about four or five inches, and provide this seat with separate armrests. It could be tried out on a single car and, who knows?

Stanley I. Kramer, Huntington


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