While many commuters wouldn’t exactly call the L train’s new folding seats “nice,” this is certainly an example of why we can’t have new things: apparently, vandals on the L train broke the new seats on the day of their debut.
The new design, in which benches can be flipped up during rush hour to allow for more passengers, is apparently not as robust as the fixed seats.
The Daily News reports the new L train was pulled from service on Wednesday morning at 7:30 am, after a Canarsie Yard conductor was unable to lock the seats in the upright position.
Damage had been done to the brackets and cables holding up one seat, and another was reported broken.
The MTA had the car back in service by Thursday evening.