It is clear that whoever designed the current bike rack configuration on the VTA light rail trains never tested the system before installing it. With seats across from the racks, there is no room for someone to squeeze in and lift their bike up onto the racks while the seats are occupied. Having to lift the bikes is also difficult for many people who are short, have heavy or long bikes, or have disabilities. If they removed the seats and installed another bike rack in their place it would double the amount of bikes that could be held while eliminating the liability of someone getting injured when someone else is trying to use the rack. If you angled them in opposing directions it would also make it much easier to get your bike onto the rack when entering the car. I have attached diagrams to explain the change I'm proposing.
Idea No. 56