Ask anyone who regularly uses BART to get around, and they’ll undoubtedly have a complaint about the stations’ frequently broken escalators. Human feces, rain, overpopulation and other issues have been credited with damaging the escalators, and now we have a new cause to add to the list: human courtesy.
Bevan Dufty tweeted a question to BART Friday morning, inquiring about the installation of new escalator stairs that say “STAND” on the right, and “WALK” on the left, reminding commuters of courteous escalator behavior.
— Bevan Dufty (@BevanDufty) January 13, 2017
But Dufty was shut down by BART, who responded to his tweet by saying that “while it may be the courteous thing to do- it is bad for the units. uneven wear. best thing for reliability is even pressure.”
The BART board will soon be voting on a contract to repair and replace escalators across the BART system, as well as a contract to build canopies to shield two San Francisco stations’ escalators from rain.