Due to the "expanding girth" of Americans, the Federal Transit
Authority Administration is recommending a hefty 25 pound increase in the assumed average weight of Americans, according to a USA Today report:
The Federal Transit Authority (sic) proposes
raising the assumed average weight per bus passenger from 150 pounds to
175 pounds, which could mean that across the country, fewer people will
be allowed on a city transit bus.
The transit authority, which regulates how much
weight a bus can carry, also proposes adding an additional quarter of a
square foot of floor space per passenger. The changes are being sought
"to acknowledge the expanding girth of the average passenger," the
Regular followers of CTA Tattler know that many readers and myself are concerned about the "bucket seats" on the new Series 5000 rail cars with long rows of aisle-facing seats. That's because you don't really have to be more than just about 10 pounds "overweight" to spill out over the edges of the bucket seats. This really just proves that the CTA should consider bench seating with no defined areas for your butt.
Hat tip to Scooter Libbby for alerting me on the story.