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Dear PoPville – Does Metro officially acknowledge the “walk to the left stand to the right” escalator policy?

by Prince Of Petworth September 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm 80 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

Does Metro officially acknowledge the “walk to the left stand to the right” escalator policy anywhere? If so, where? If not, they need to… That is all.”

We had a lengthy discussion about this last summer. Metro believes it is a safety issue:

“WMATA does not encourage walking or running on escalators. The majority of escalator-related accidents occur when customers walk or run on escalators. Standing is the safest way to ride an escalator. We regret the inconvenience caused by customers who may block the escalator passageway; however, for your safety and the safety of all customers, we ask customers to refrain from walking or running on our escalators.”

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