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Install split stanchions in (some) trains

Seen in many new subway train models, these poles are split into multiple handles so that more people can hold onto them at the same time, and also prevents one rude leaning passenger from obstructing the entire pole.

(Contest administrator note: To do this in under 6 months and $100,000, Metro would have to start by doing this as a pilot in a few trains only.)

I believe that split stanchions would be a significant benefit for riders, especially in crowded conditions. Most older railcars have clusters of three vertical stanchions at the ends, which makes navigating through them a bit tricky and often discourages riders from evenly distributing through the car. Replacing these with one or two split stanchions would free up walking space without losing surface area for riders to hold.

Split stanchions also solves the issue of one rude rider leaning against a pole, preventing anyone else from holding on.

These poles are an increasingly common sight on new and future railcars, including Montreal and San Francisco.

Submitted by: Peter D., Arlington, VA


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I don't know why this basic design isn't included in every form of public transportation today. There are lots of variations on this theme, with one of my favorites being a kind of triple-helix spiral design.

This can be pretty and useful.

by Daniel on Jun 22, 2016 11:33 am • linkreport

I saw these in another city's subway and thought they were a major upgrade. Good suggestion.

by UpConn on Jul 13, 2016 6:47 am • linkreport

Best suggestion for sure, and one that will have an actual positive, discernible impact on the Metro commute.

by Dairy Maid on Aug 11, 2016 4:34 pm • linkreport

It is very hard to stand in the center of the trains as is and the split stanchions are a very good idea. Finding a seat corner to hang or "balance" on is not effective for the safety of people during the movement of the car. I like most of the ideas but, I think this one is customer friendly and needed.

by Samuel Croft on Aug 11, 2016 5:28 pm • linkreport

Excellent idea for our Metro. I will be voting for this one.

by Rick Pike on Aug 12, 2016 2:26 pm • linkreport

Excellent idea! Especially spiral. People are always leaning on the pole.

by Carol on Aug 25, 2016 10:52 am • linkreport

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