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Hong Kong metro seats may be scrapped for smartphone space

Published on Feb 26, 2014 4:18 PM
 
Commuters inside an MTR train during the morning peak hour in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is pondering whether to rip out some seats from overcrowded metro trains to give the city's smartphone-addicted population more room to interact with their devices. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ROYSTON SIM

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong is pondering whether to rip out some seats from overcrowded metro trains to give the city's smartphone-addicted population more room to interact with their devices.

The transport and housing bureau has suggested that the MTR Corporation, which operates the underground railway system, consider the move to relieve rush-hour congestion.

"There are an increasing number of passengers reading newspapers or using mobile devices such as tablet computers or smartphones during their trips that require more personal space on trains," it said in a paper to the legislature Tuesday.

It recommended the "removal of some seats in some train compartments, to increase carrying capacity" as well as incentives for passengers who travel outside peak hours.

 
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