Friday, June 22, 2007

Stand left, stand right


The Toronto Transit Commission has removed the "Walk Left, Stand Right" signs from its escalators. Apparently, walking on escalators is a no-no, even when they're stopped.

The Globe and Mail reports:
Dexter Collins, the TTC's acting superintendent of elevating devices, said the decals were originally installed years ago at the busiest subway stations, Yonge-Bloor and St. George, where herds of rush-hour passengers change trains, taking escalators from platform to platform. Over the decades, the stickers
migrated to all escalators across the system.
Then some employees of the provincial Technical Standards & Safety Authority, the agency that regulates and inspects escalators, noticed the decals at Islington Station -- near the TSSA's headquarters -- and brought them up in one of their regular meetings with the transit agency.
The TSSA, Mr. Collins said, recommended the signs' removal because they appeared to condone people walking on the escalators.

So, one less thing for people like me to fuss about on the TTC. I guess "Please move to the back / Use rear doors to exit" will be the new pet peeve.

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