Ban escalators, and planes, and all modern devices! And let's go back to horse drawn carriages too...
To quote your post signature "It's only illegal if you get caught." Well... I did get caught.
I have used that platform 25 escalator most weekend evenings for the past several years and have never seen it staffed, with one possible exception. Two or 3 weeks ago after a crowded sports game let out, I saw a GO staff person standing in front of it at the platform level just hovering around. He didn't seem to be paying much attention to the actual escalator though. Couldn't figure out what he was doing there, but you've given one possible explanation.Union station itself has escalators but they are far from imminent passenger traffic. They are in the food court and the exit from the York Concourse which do not see thousands of people in a span of a few minutes.
The one escalator that GO transit had thrust upon them is on track 25 which I believe was a former VIA track. They have someone at the bottom at all times during operation to prevent a catastrophe. If there is an issue the person is there to shut the escalator down immediately. The escalator is there by force, not by choice and as it is part of the station (which is owned by the City of Toronto and not GO transit) it has to stay.
Even VIA rail has attendants at the bottom of all their escalators to prevent people from being trampled.
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/309903707_A_Bottleneck_Investigation_at_Escalator_Entry_at_the_Brisbane_Central_Train_StationA Bottleneck Investigation at Escalator Entry at the Brisbane Central Train Station
Conference Paper (PDF Available) · December 2016 with 130 Reads
Conference: Australasian Transport Research Forum 2016 Proceedings
Looks like it’s almost ready got any more pictures?And here we jump forward to May 2016. This one is for the engineers amongst us. The column cutting has begun.
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The new main N/S corridor on the lower level under VIA, looking north from the Union Square stairs towards Front Street. Right now there are temporary ramps which run up to VIA from the Union Square doors. The east half of the temporary ramps up to VIA were in the process of being removed last time I passed through Union. Once the temporary ramps are removed and the lower level is opened up, the entrance from Union Square won't lead through this "maze of ramps" up to VIA but will rather lead straight on to a short flight of stairs down to enter this main N/S corridor straight ahead. This should improve passenger circulation for those who enter the station from the south.
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Looking south-east at the new stairs which will lead up to Union Square from the main N/S corridor on the lower level. At this point the street level of Union Square / Maple Leaf Square is level with the top of these stairs. The temporary ramps which currently lead up to VIA are on the red steel frame seen in the background.
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The same stairs as in the picture above (up to Union Square) except looking directly south this time.
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Just for kicks a peek into the crawl space under the temporary ramps leading from Union Square up to VIA. Looking south.
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Looking south from the intersection of the main N/S and E/W corridors on the lower level, roughly just north of the exact middle of the VIA concourse. This main intersection of corridors on the lower level is almost dead centre in the station and will allow passengers to walk as-the-crow flies in any direction (to Union Square, Bay St, Front St, or York St). A 360 degree view on this same main intersection is seen here: youtu.be/f0KWmNtnxwI
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And the same picture as above except with some creative liberties. "Mood lighting".
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It is correct - GO is vehemently anti-escalator. You will find virtually none on any of their properties.On escalator use at train stations, there appears to be no excuse for Metrolinx (if indeed the anti-escalator policy claim is correct)
Yeah, when digging on it, the TTC kept showing, even in shared facilities with Metrolinx. I've searched for some written policy by Metrolinx on it. I've yet to find any, but lots of references as to where and when to use them, and maintain them, especially in a reduced mobility context.When it was pointed out to them that the TTC operated far more escalators in very similar circumstances and wasn't in the process of removing them all, they were strangely silent....
Escalators off at Copenhagen station as safety ... - The Local Denmark
Aug 1, 2018 - All escalators at Copenhagen Central Station were temporarily shut ... said it was unacceptable that the escalators failed to meet standards.
Stockholm Odenplan reopens after escalator scare - The Local Sweden
Jul 16, 2018 - Stockholm Odenplan reopened to commuter trains on Monday morning after faulty escalators forced the station to shut. Stockholm City however ...
Thanks for reposting. Many of us save and archive these pictures because they should be saved for history books.And here we jump forward to May 2016. This one is for the engineers amongst us. The column cutting has begun.
Doesn't help that the city does such a sh*t job managing the front-facing aspect of this project - like how many serious updates were there on the city's project site?Thanks for reposting. Many of us save and archive these pictures because they should be saved for history books.
You may have the only photographs of what is likely National Geographic or Discovery Channel material, so now that people read your post, that unquestionably caused many anonymous lurkers to save these pictures to disk. As far as I know, there has been no documentary filming in progress at least for the particular timing & locations within Union of the majority of the pictures you took.
It's a murky grey area with a contractor that's worried about lawsuits about being behind in schedule, and wanting you to delete pics to protect themselves, but that's now a while ago. This is fascinating archival material, and while I don't condone walking onto a construction site without permission -- the pictures are done years ago and now -- the undercover reporting pictures need preservation for history.
The 'north face' of the Head House will be lit - there are LEDs set into the granite tiles of Sir John A Plaza at the base of all the pillars. They also had LED "boxes" set up along the western moat roof (at the walls) last year and were testing them a couple of time but these 'boxes' were removed while they completed the moat roofing - I assume they will be returning. I think there are some pics of the light test back in this thread - it looked pretty good.I wonder what's the lighting plan for the headhouse. Chicago in the meantime: https://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/13739-art-on-the-mart-by-valerio-dewalt-train-associates-and-obscura-digital?id=13739-art-on-the-mart-by-valerio-dewalt-train-associates-and-obscura-digital
Personally I am hoping for full stadium lighting. Something along the lines of ten thousand one million lumen bulbs. The great hall is large so the more lighting the better.The 'north face' of the Head House will be lit - there are LEDs set into the granite tiles of Sir John A Plaza at the base of all the pillars. They also had LED "boxes" set up along the western moat roof (at the walls) last year and were testing them a couple of time but these 'boxes' were removed while they completed the moat roofing - I assume they will be returning. I think there are some pics of the light test back in this thread - it looked pretty good.