Over the weekend, the MTA conducted a super-secret (well, except to some sectors of the media) test on the Lexington Avenue line to figure out how to reduce robberies on early morning trains. Which meant only have the first five train cars as accessible for riders. Apparently, the NYPD believes that "restricting the number of open cars [will make it] less likely for potential victims to find themselves asleep and alone in empty cars" and asked the MTA to conduct the test. Namely, they want to stop "lush workers," who are the thieves who target drunken subway passengers who are sleeping. Gothamist learns something new everyday! The Straphangers point out that concentrating riders to one part of the train might mean longer walks in dangerous stations and the NY Transit Riders Council points out that busier and shorter trains could get very crowded.

It's a fascinating problem for the NYPD and MTA. The article pointed out other problems seen during the test, like delays because people would need to walk to the open train cars, and possible solutions (more signs, transit workers to help lead people). Gothamist's one bad experience on an empty train car makes us like this attempt to make the late night riding experience better, even if it'll take a while to figure it out. What do you do when you ride the subway at night? Do you have a subway curfew? Or do you go to train cars with people already on them?