Friday, February 15, 2013

Note to Los Angeles Metro (aka subway) riders: Don't block the darn doors...

blogdowntown - Metro continues transit manners campaign with new platform decals

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — A few weeks after Metro beefed up their bike etiquette signs aboard trains, they have continued to promote good public transit manners with new platform decals at the 7th/Metro Center Station.

These floor signs have been placed on red and purple line platforms and are intended to help coordinate the flow of traffic on and off trains, Metro's blog The Source reports.

These decals look like large yellow mats with arrows pointing away from the train, indicating that riders should be let off the light-rail line before new ones board. There are two additional diagonal arrows outside the yellow mat that point towards the train -- telling passengers they should wait to the sides until it's their turn.

Stephen Tu of Metro's rail operations told The Source that the 7th/Metro station is the busiest rail station in the system, and that they already build an extra minute into the subway schedule to account for the large number of boardings at this station. These trial-run floor decals are an attempt to reduce wait times and ease passenger transitions at the station.



I know light rail & subways are kind of new to Los Angeles (though we've had them for over a decade) so maybe people don't know the right waiting for a train etiquette, but you know it's really much easier for you to get in, if you wait for the people to get out first (and thereby giving them some room to get off the darn train too). Yeah, I know, people waiting to get on a train, standing right in front of the doors are causing a traffic jam by blocking people from getting off, imagine that! Matter of fact, same rant for elevators too.

Come on people, get a clue. Do you really have the IQ that requires a mat this this to figure this out?



(sigh... yes, they do... I almost "expressed myself loudly and forcefully" (aka almost lost it) today with people blocking me from getting off the train... TGIF ;)


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