Vision on the Subway

Today was a wintry dry day in early March, Cool.

I was already behind schedule, have chatted too long with my sitter, missing two buses, I finally did get on a bus, and slowly arrived at the subway station  20 minutes north.  I hurried down two flights of stairs to the subway platform,, out of breath.  With trains arriving on both sides, I jumped on the first train that was just opening its doors.  I was happy to be going… the wrong way!  I had no choice but to sit and fume, waiting for the next stop!  Then I jumped out and rushed up the stairs and down the other side, to get a train going back!  I was frustrated that I didn’t pay attention to where I was going.  Luckily I was not too late!

The above blurb was written in, probably, October 2013, when I was working one day a week at George Brown College in the Intervenor Program.  Can you spot the “blind moment”?  Yes, it was when I jumped on the first subway that arrived.  I was in a hurry to get to work and rushed a decision, hoping that it was the right one.   At that time, I probably didn’t even look around, hell bent on getting the subway.  Signage “eastbound” or “westbound” are hard to find on subways with central platforms.  I learned afterwards is: trains on the north side of Bloor-Danforth line of TTC’s long east-west line all go east, and trains on the south side all go west.  It takes time to get used to this setup, but once you know it, you can’t unknow it.

I still should have taken a moment to look for Eastbound or Westbound signs, which are usually, on a central platform train, displayed from the ceiling as you get off the stairs or excalator.  There is also signs posted on some poles.  Newer stations have huge signs right above the train indicating direction and next stop.

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As opposed to no sign above train.

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For Deaf-Blind, which is better?

I will comment on Vancouver’s Skytrain visibility in another blog.

Also, coming soon, “Jerked on the Platform”, a true tale of an invasion of personal space!

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