Dear PoPville – Anyone Else Noticing Metro Doors Closing Too Fast?

by Prince Of Petworth November 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm 20 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Aziz

Dear PoPville,

Am I the only one that notices the perpetual problem with metro operators closing the first car doors before everyone on the platform has a chance to enter?

I’ve seen this everywhere, but it’s a total epidemic at L’Enfant Plaza (which I know best because I commute to/from there daily). Obviously it’s crowded there at rush hour, but I’ve seen the doors close before all passengers even have a chance to exit, and if they’re lucky maybe 1 or 2 people board before the doors shut. I understand the need to do this when a train is full and another is right behind it, but this happens all. the. time. In fact, I just missed a practically empty train midday when the doors shut after about 5 people exited and maybe 3 had boarded.

What gives? Is there some logical explanation I’m just overlooking? Aside from going to the front of the platform or shoving fellow passengers aside, anyone have any tips to avoid being snubbed by prematurely closing metro doors?


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