Friday, March 4, 2011

Temporarily Stairs

Broken escalator at the Van Ness Muni station

Has anybody ever been on an escalator when it breaks?  BART and Muni escalators are old and live outside, so it's not too surprising that they're broken fairly often.  But given how common it is, why isn't it so common to see one in the act of breaking?  Or to be on one when it breaks?  Do they only break at odd hours, or when station agents go to turn them on first thing in the morning?

Has this happened to you?
An escalator can never break--it can only become stairs. You would never see an "Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order" sign, just "Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience. We apologize for the fact that you can still get up there."  -Mitch Hedberg, RIP


Anonymous said...

Actually sorry Mitch, they do go "out of order". There was one blocked off on my commute to work this week.

Mikesonn said...

Ah, Mitch. Made me smile.

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing you missed the DC Metro escalator collapse. Stopping isn't the only way an escalator can fail.

Pedestrianist said...

Wow, thanks for the video link, Anonymous #2. I hadn't seen that; it's horrifying.

Makes me that much more appreciative of the fact that I haven't been on one as it failed.

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