Sunday, August 17, 2014

Max Stations could be much safer

That's if the safety of the public was actually of a concern to governmental planners.
 Unfortunately  it's not.


Max said...

"Their primary disadvantage is their cost; installing a system typically costs several million USD per station. When used to retrofit older systems, they limit the kind of rolling stock that may be used on a line, as train doors must have exactly the same spacing as the platform doors; this results in additional costs due to depot upgrades and otherwise unnecessary purchases of rolling stock."

Safety ain't cheap!

Al M said...

Seems to me that a simple gate type structure could do the job pretty easily and cheaply.
Twitter / AlYourPalster: Fences don't have to be expensive ...

And there is always money available for wars and raises so the 'it costs too much' argument is bunk

Anonymous said...

Google: Jersey Barrier
They typically come in two heights.
32" Tall and 42" Tall. They weigh 5800# and 8000# respectively.

Wire Cyclone Fence Mesh can be attached to the top flat area and used as a fence or an advertisement panel could be installed in Lew of the safety top mounted wire mesh fence, options aplenty.

They cost anywhere from $150 to $800 "Storie" Sells Them

My Point: Place Jersey Barriers on all platforms concrete edge adjacent to where the two train cars couple together when stopped to service the platform, add a top safety fence if desired, warn folks of the danger.

Simple low tech economically feasible solution to horseplay and wheel chairs that run amok when on MAX Platforms.

Complaints and Objections:
What about the older high step in cars where the doors are very close to where the trains couple together?

1. From what I have noticed the trains are pretty consistent where they stop on platforms, so its not that much of a problem.

2. An inferred sensor could be retrofitted so that when "the doors" ingress egress is blocked by the jersey barrier it will not open, should the operator pull too far forward when servicing the platform.

3. Sell the non qualifying cars and replace them, there has to grant money for safety out there.

Jason McHuff said...

VTA has done what I think the anonymous commenter is thinking about. See

Not sure how much they help