Sunday, August 12, 2007


Tired of tourists and others who stand on the left side of the METRO escalators? Well according to this story in the Washington Post METRO now has a message for these Escalumps.

For the first time in its history, Metro has started telling them:

"Hi. Welcome to Metro. We have a lot of escalators in our system. You'll notice that most people stand on the right side. And while you're riding, hold the handrail for your safety. Enjoy your trip, and thank you for riding Metro."

The announcement is one of a series that the agency has recently recorded to ever-so-gently remind riders of the system's rules, customs and quirks, including escalator etiquette and train-door operation.

Maybe it will do some good, if people can even hear the messages over the acoustically challenged PA system METRO is burdened with, and get these folks to move over if they just want to ride the escalator, instead of walking, running up or down.

Personally, I prefer an old Chicago saying "One side or a leg off!"

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At 2:55 PM, Blogger C4bl3Fl4m3 said...

w00t! It's about time they do this. I still would figure out a place to put this up in signage. Perhaps on the scrolling bar at the bottom of the new LCD displays at the major stations?

Yes, we're all in a hurry here, but it's part of the culture. It's part of the northeast USA. We wanna get things DONE. You want things to be slow? Go to the south or to laid back parts of California.


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