The Daily News says that the MTA will be spending $6.7 million to put workers on platforms to help with crowds- aka "platform conductors" - and give assitance during emergencies. Gothamist thinks this is a great idea, because sometimes there is absolutely no place for people to move in or out. However, one subway rider tells the Daily News she rather have more off-hours presence, which is a good point, but the MTA will do what the MTA will do. And this is still a good thing. Platform conductors are also going to be on the lookout for suspcious packages - so you can say something to them if you see something. We wonder if they'll radio to the command center if someone has dropped an object onto the tracks.
The stations include 72nd Street (1, 2, 3), Lexington Ave./59th St. (4, 5, 6 lines) and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn (B, Q, 2, 3, 4, 5). Gothamist is going to try to find a list of all 20 stations, but we would imagine that Times Square (1, 2, 3) and Union Square (4, 5, 6), as well the 53rd Street (E, F, V) and some Financial District locations would be prime candidates as well. Just think - platform conductors might yell at people for trying to bumrush the train cars before people can get out!
Photograph of Times Square subway station from Farl via Flickr