NEWS
NEWS > News

OFFICIALS RETHINKING STALLED-ESCALATOR POLICY


A recent situation in which both downward escalators in a Seattle light-rail station stalled has Sound Transit officials rethinking a policy that bans using stopped escalators as stairs, The Seattle Times reports. In an incident at the UW Station on March 16, the escalators that take passengers from the mezzanine to the train platform stalled for more than 3 hr., until technicians could arrive and repair the problem. The station has no stairs, and security guards blocked the escalators, meaning passengers' only option was a long wait for an elevator. Officials are considering allowing use of stalled escalators as stairs if they can be secured where they won't suddenly start moving and if transit workers are onsite to help the elderly and people with luggage. Another option would be to allow use of emergency stairs, which are normally closed to general use.

ZhenTao Ma
+86-316-6078901/6078902 +86 133 6365 8885
zhentao@cea-net.org