Would this get passengers on the train more quickly?

July 29, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Just a quick note: Have you ever traveled to other cities and noticed how reluctant or pushy people are to get on the train at the last second?

In Chicago, it seems the passengers push the conductor to his or her limit when it comes to the doors closing. The announcement usually plays two, three, or four times before the doors actually close. Nobody really takes the announcement seriously. Then, when the doors start to close, some people push them back open and delay the train even more.

But what I’ve noticed in other cities is that passengers are a lot less likely to ignore the announcement, hold the doors, or push them back open when the doors close quickly and loudly, and make a resounding “thud!” when they’ve shut.

Just look at this video from Kevin Zolkiewicz of the new CTA 5000-series doors shutting:

Kind of underwhelming. I’d hold them open too (and I have). But then look at the doors in London:

The videos don’t really do it justice, but the doors just sound more intimidating to fight with. The first time I saw someone leap onto the Tube as the doors were closing, I gasped; maybe I thought he was going to be decapitated. But it wasn’t a big deal; the doors opened back up to let him on, since the train can’t leave unless all the doors are closed. Well, maybe:

Source: All About London.

Source: All About London.

It’s also worth noting that the Tube has much wider doors in the middle (2 sets) and narrower doors at the end (2 sets), making boarding and alighting speedier. Perhaps the CTA should take note for the upcoming 7000-series cars: louder closing, wider doors!

Doors on some Tube trains are really wide and don't prevent a view of the outdoors, either.

Doors on some Tube trains are really wide and don’t prevent a view of the outdoors, either.

What do you think?