letters | the state’s transit challenges

Forget luring new riders — clear the bottlenecks besetting us now

I am both amused and a bit frightened by the concern about falling commuter rail ridership (“Better service but fewer riders,” Page A1, Oct. 22). Those of us who cram into three-seaters each morning might wonder where the new riders will sit.

Once trains reach South Station, we can spend several minutes inching down the platform en masse. The sardine effect is worse if two trains arrive at the same platform simultaneously. Next task: squeezing several trains’ worth of passengers through the one door leading to the Red Line.

What’s needed in Boston is the capacity to handle the current ridership.

Steven Riel