Originally Posted by twoNeurons
Actually, that brings up an interesting point. For existing emergency doors, I wonder if they can come up with a better one-way system. Whether that's metal turnstiles like they have in New York and Paris, or something else, those doors are often propped open at certain stations (Sapperton and Metrotown are infamous for it) allowing people to directly enter and exit the platform without using the faregates.
To paraphrase the Dos Equis guy, I don't often travel through Nanaimo Station, but when I do, there's always someone who uses the "Emergency Exit" at the east end of the e/b platform. If I lived east of Nanaimo, I'd probably use it too. Compass will probably end that practice.
re Burrard, one day when the crowd was busy, I asked a [can't remember what _kind_ of employee] why the stairs were not open... his reply was something to the effect of he couldn't. it wasn't up to standards.. Well, the stairs are open whenever there is an escalator out of service, and when the elevator was out of service for several months. In the future, the chokepoint will be the faregates, so the backlog for the escalators won't be like it is now.
Burrard at 5:30PM today was like a police state, cops everywhere, all busy with "perps"