Saturday, June 21, 2008

Stupid subway stairs

Can someone please explain why there is an extra step at the top of this subway staircase? - anonymous straphanger

18 comments:

Rocket scientist said...

To keep water from running down the stairs during a storm.

Anonymous said...

That would make sense if all the subway staircases had them. But they don't.

Anonymous said...

They're going to.

Anonymous said...

it all has to do with the grading in the immediate area

Anonymous said...

Prevent flooding: many of the exits at Parsons and surrounding stations are built on hills vulnerable to extreme flooding.

Anonymous said...

They have them at the bottom of elevated train stairs, too

Anonymous said...

Steps like this would prevent the kind of flooding we had after those torrential downpours last August. They're not so stupid after all.

Anonymous said...

Yes, because we all know how successfully the subways ran during last summer's rainstorms.

Anonymous said...

"many of the exits at Parsons and surrounding stations are built on hills vulnerable to extreme flooding."

Shouldn't the stations at the bottom of the hills be the ones prone to flooding?

Anonymous said...

The Parsons Boulevard station is at the bottom of a hill. That's why the step up is needed.

Anonymous said...

No, because this step is on the south side of Hillside Ave., where the land is flat.
Second of all, if there were proper drainage, there wouldn't be a need for such inconvenient steps.

Anonymous said...

If there were proper drainage, there wouldn't be flooding in the Midwest, either.

Anonymous said...

"there wouldn't be a need for such inconvenient steps."

Are you serious? Inconvenient? Is there no end to what you'll complain about! You will expend one half calorie stepping on that stair. And during a school year perhaps it will reduce the size of your fat ass in the process. I say put them everywhere.

Richard S. said...

Amen to the last comment. Most Americans are so disgustingly overweight it's embarassing. It wouldn't hurt for many to use the stairs instead of the elevators or escalators or walk instead of using the people movers at the airports.

Anonymous said...

The flooding is a problem on both sides of the street.

Anonymous said...

What happened to The Disabilities Act?

,,,,,,,,,, said...

hey crap...another stupid post, most new yorkers would figure out that its to prevent flooding, but you guys are to stupid

Queens Crapper said...

Great capitalization and punctuation, Mr. Comma. And you meant to write "too", not "to". But "we guys" are the ones that are stupid.