I Miss WMATA Escalator Etiquette

This is the escalator scene at the Austin Convention Center during SEPG 2007, everyone standing on the left.

I never realized how fierce we maintain a stand-to-the-right rule on Metrorail, or how much I enjoy the ability to tackle stairs at my own frantic pace, until this sight confronted me every day this week.

The first day I would barge past folks without even an “excuse me” but by today I just wait for the moving stairs to take me to the next floor.

I have learned that this is not DC, and these flyovers are not getting out of my way no matter how much I bitch on the up or the down escalator.

3 Comments so far

  1. Stacey (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 8:25 am

    Ugh, I was in Seattle all this week and thinking the same thing at the airport yesterday trying to navigate (read: weave) my way down an escalator.

    Sigh, we are so effecient here…


  2. Chris L (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 8:52 am

    They adhire to the rule pretty strictly in London. And they must; a few of the Tube escalators are longer than even the Dupont or Rosslyn escalators.

    Maybe proof that Washingtonians are a bit more European than the rest of the states? :)


  3. Kat (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 3:32 pm

    They really should put that left/right rule into the announcements on the Metro besides, “Move to the center of the car.” It would make rush hour so much easier during the tourist season



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