Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The stairway to heaven is now open

This morning, the crunch through the north doors from the GO Concourse to the TTC's Union Station was lessened by the opening of the new PATH/Subway corridor. A nice man in a flashy orange vest was shouting at people, beckoning them to use the sparkling new stairway to heaven.

What I found comical were the dubious faces of people who didn't believe him, choosing instead to sandwich themselves through the "sardine can" of a doorway. I think they thought he was leading them to tables of Flavor-Aid (Kool-Aid) a la Jonestown. People actually stopped mid-step to bend down and peer under the concrete overhang.

Of course, this was also aggravating and I was tempted to kick one guy down the steps. It's dangerous to the people behind those folks who stop suddenly on stairs.

Drink the Kool-Aid, donkeys, it's what our tax dollars paid for.


Squiggles said...

I saw the new stairway this morning. Got caught behind a looky-loo who didn't realise that people were piling up behind her. I didn't end up taking it though as I was already headed toward the old stairs.

Part of the problem may have been that there was a sign that did NOT specify the PATH. It only said To Subway. If someone didn't take the subway, they would have headed towards to the old doors.

Anyhoodles, it will be interesting to see how people use it tonight. Almost enough that I may change my normal route to Union.

TomW said...

The good news is that when those pople do the return trip, they'll see they can use the 'new' doors.

The lack of PATH sign is probably because they've been pretending you can't get to the PATH through the subway station ever since the construction started. The signs have always tried to push you onto Bay St instead.

Squiggles said...

That could be true. I know the CSA on this morning's train mentioned something about the BCE doors being closed and to use Bay St. So, it was a surprise to see the new stairwells open to the public.

Plus, if people realise the new doors are use-able tonight, then tomorrow should be a breeze.

Nahid said...

Looks like they put up a huge PATH sign now.