Oren’s Reading List: Why Do Passengers Insist on Crowding Around Subway Doors?

Yesterday, I posted a link to a survey about people’s preferences with regards to where they stand or sit on the subway.  If you took that survey, you may have noticed that many people like to sit or stand near the doors.  Why is that?  Here is an explanation from CityLab.

Unfortunately, rider psychology doesn’t mesh entirely with efficient operations.  If trains “dwell” at a station for longer than transit planners expect, overall capacity is reduced and trip times are lengthened.  So the next time you are asked to “stand in and stand clear”, even if your instincts tell you to stand by the door, consider venturing in to the middle of the car.  You might even find a little bit of extra breathing room there.

Oren’s Reading List is an occasional feature on The Travelogue in which I share articles that I’ve read that might also be of interest to the readers of this website.