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Study: People Stand On Subway Even When Seats Available

New York City Subway Train (file / credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York City Subway Train (file / credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) - New York City subway riders make choices every day. Stand and grab a rail? Squeeze between two seated passengers? Give up your seat to a pregnant woman?

A team of researchers has studied the city’s subway habits and gathered data on questions such as how many riders prefer to stand.

A draft of their report has been published on the website of the Transportation Research Board. It draws on data collected over three weeks in 2012.

The study found that even when a subway car is less than half-filled, a few riders always choose to stand.

The authors found that those who do sit prefer seats near a door. They said riders demonstrate “disdain for bench spots between two other seats.”

The study also looked at the Long Island Rail Road and NJ TRANSIT, as well as mass transit systems in other cities.

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