Originally Posted by crazyjoeda
Pfft. SkyTrain riders are far better at letting people exit the trains first than people in many other cities I have visited.
Munich has the rudest people. Once I was boarding a train at the end of the line so lots of people were exiting and many more were preparing to board; every one was pushing and shoving each other as some tried to exit while others tried to board. Munich has a much larger metro system than Vancouver and that wasn't an isolated incident it happens all the time.
Paris and London during rush hour can be just as bad.
I'm not saying SkyTrain riders in Vancouver couldn't be better but we are far from the worst.
I agree. Its not so bad here, I have seen much worse. Sao Paulo for one is horrible, their subway system is relatively small and new and way over capacity. The people are used to rushing everywhere and having to squeeze through crowds due to the layout of the city and no one clears the doors, every time its a battle to get off, luckily its acceptable to push through people. The fact that there always seems to be what I call "chicken people" from the poor north or from Bolivia or what ever who dont know how to doge people and deal with crowds doesnt help. There is a technique to moving through crowds, pushing your way through where other people can pick up on where your trying to go etc.
Two things they have done in Sao Paulo to help this is install metal funnel type railings to funnel people safely towards the doors but they stop about half a meter short of the platform so this allows people getting off to oftentimes cut right or left once they get out the door and avoid most of the crowd trying to get in. The other thing is using two platforms, one for getting off with the doors opening a few seconds before the ones for people getting on.
Hard to implement this in Vancouver with different length trains but like I said Vancouver is pretty good, based on my experiences (fairly limited in the last little while) Vancouver is better then average, the commuters are pretty good imo.