Well, it’s official: our trains are getting more crowded. Regular travellers on Metro find out through experience which trains are more crowded than others. But on Thameslink services in Britain, there’s a guide for all to see on their website that informs commuters whether or not they’re likely to get a seat, train-by-train.
Overcrowded trains (at least at busy times) seem to be a fact of life the world over. By publishing information about crowding, the operator is sending a message to the effect that they know there’s an issue. The powers-that-be here, on the other hand, don’t seem to be good at giving the impression that “they care” about anything really.