The transport and housing bureau has suggested that the MTR Corporation, which operates the underground railway system, considers 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.

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.

Explaining the move, the transport body added that commuters were less willing to board a train that even looked crowded.

Courtesy: Mid-day

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