True enough Michael.
While I'll admit a painted line is scant protection and improvements were made (raised platforms, some including guardrails, became more common in the 40s and 50s.....not just in LA but other cities with streetcars).....
It's possible to go overboard.
Before and after of the Santa Ana Metrolink/AMTRAK station.
Mommy MTA decided we are incapable of crossing the tracks for our trains by ourselves (despite the fact that ALL passenger trains stop in Santa Ana, and freights slow to a crawl while passing through the station.)
At the very least you think they could have come up with a solution like this (Tustin Station, just 4 miles from Santa Ana)
A combination of steps and ramps that takes passengers below the tracks. 15 steps up and down instead of 48.
Cost: 1/3 that of building a bridge.
The MTA is insane.
Originally Posted by MichaelRyerson
fewer than you'd expect. On one level, these were the days of the 20 and 30 mile an hour speed limit and a couple of generations before cell phones. But still you had the inattentive driver and the drunk so people were occasionally bowled over with tragic consequences. In some places the 'island' was actually a raised concrete area on the lane divider but in many places, probably most places, it was simply a painted boundary within which pedestrians could stand regardless of the traffic light on the adjacent intersection. Most had a large raised button at the end facing traffic with a bright red reflector in it. Of course, a car could easily straddle this button so it was scant protection. We only had one car and besides my mother didn't drive, so we went many places by streetcar. I've stood in those painted islands many times and don't remember any 'close calls'.