[EDIT] Removed the youtube video... not sure how I was violating terms of service...
Anyway, here is a photo I took on the train. It doesn't really show how many people there are and how crowded it is, but there are a lot. Seriously a ton of people. Each subway car is jammed full - an estimated 450 people. Multiply that times 10 cars in a train and we have 4,500 people. A full subway car comes by ever 90 seconds during rush hour. Sometimes I can't fit on (I don't care for pushing people too hard).
- The car gets so crowded that the other day one of my mp3 earbuds got jostled out of my ear, but I was helpless to put it back in.
- As the train speeds up and slows down, people shift against each other and you hear cries of pain.
- Once I couldn't move my feet as I was being pushed in and I wound up at a 20 degree angle resting on some poor Korean. I couldn't right myself for three stops.
- Getting out of the train can be a chore, with so many people in the way, so people will push just as hard to get out. Since there is no room to maneuver, I often get pushed off the train and then have to get back on. The other day I noticed someone behind me getting anxious as we approached a stop. I felt a hand on the middle of my back settling in as a jab right below my shoulder blades, preparing to push me out. Not wanting to get poked in such a sensitive spot, I turned around to glare at the young woman and then pushed open a hole for her to get out.
All said, I dislike riding the subway at rush hour, but I put up with it. Sara and I were remarking the other night about how we would never get on such a full car stateside, but here we do it with only a little complaining.