From early July, Sydney Trains will be launching a seating trial on Tangara trains to test if wider aisles and extra standing room will lead to faster boarding and alighting during peak periods at busy CBD stations.
The new seating configuration will be trialled on two Tangara train carriages on the Western and North Shore lines. The trial includes the removal of 16 seats from each of the two carriages, increasing capacity by up to 80 people, or around 15 per cent for the two carriages.
first of all welcome to the forum.
second of all (not wanting to sound mean or anything) we all know about that in this forum
thirdly if you use the search function (btw its broken so i'll give you this one. next time have a look around before posting a new thread) you will find posts on this in other threads
now i shall give my opinions. although i have not been on one of these trains. the two by two seating is a really good idea. from my experience in the 3x2 seating everyone seems to not want to sit in the middle seat next to a stranger. unless its a train packed full people will usually opt for other seats or stand if there is room. the 2x2 elimates this problem by forcing people to either seat next to a stranger or stand. it also gives more walking room for people boarding and alighting in theory making it faster although the stairs are single person only.