Azur: STM wants users to move in and back

The STM says the Azur is not as packed with people as it may seem when the door opens. It claims passengers cluster near the doors and don’t move along and occupy the rest of the space inside the trains.

I ride these trains daily, and what Philippe Schnobb says here is key. “This may be because Azur trains have horizontal hand rails that are higher up than earlier models. I’m tall, and I have to stretch to reach them.” He’s right. There are lots of spots in the Azur where a person my height – 5’2″ – can’t reach a handhold. Not that you need to be hanging on for dear life all the time, but I suspect most people want to be within reach of something to grab hold of in case of a sudden lurch.

Another reason not mentioned is that, with the continuous Azur train, if you move in too far from the door at rush hour it can be difficult to extract yourself when you reach your stop. Radio-Canada cites a sociologist saying much the same thing. I don’t know how you fight this tendency, because it isn’t unreasonable.