Beginning in 2012, the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority began replacing their wooden platform benches with new metal ones. The first benches were made by the Hudson Design Service in Jersey City, New Jersey, and they seated four people.

Later the design was stretched to ten feet to accommodate six travelers. Since 1987, the benches had also been manufactured by Theodore G. Bayer & Sons in Pennsylvania, which estimates that it has made roughly 4,000 of them. Since 1997, the benches had been made with high dividers to demarcate the six individual seats.