The MTA's experiment with foldable seats, introduced as a result of overcrowding which was itself a result of years of underinvestment in mass transit even as the city's population swelled, is off to a roaring start. (In the sense that someone may have roared and destroyed a pair of the seats on Wednesday morning.)

The Daily News reports that an L train featuring the new seats that fold and get locked into place along the wall had to be taken out of service shortly after 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, after an inspector in Canarsie couldn't get the seat to lock in the upright position. The cause was apparently bent metal brackets and ripped out cables from one of the seats, while another one was just broken in some way.

An MTA spokesperson told Gothamist they could confirm there "was an apparent issue with one of the foldable benches and the train was back in service the same day," but did not say what caused the issue.

The addition of the foldable seats on the L train is a recent innovation, with the seats locked in the upright position during morning and evening rush hours for the purposes of fitting more people on the train and getting them on it more quickly. Straphangers haven't exactly been over the moon about the seats, with one complaining to the Post that the distance between poles on the cars cause people to lean against each other when the train moves, and another rider simply calling the idea "stupid."