When will we, as a people, learn that it's a poor decision to move between the subway cars? The Daily News reports that another unfortunate straphanger tumbled between the cars Saturday night, this one while riding the G train near the 15th Street-Prospect Park station.
While the passenger's injuries are likely not life-threatening, we have to ask: Why aren't the doors just locked?
The MTA offers few answers. Spokesperson Deirdre Parker tells us that while doors are locked between longer cars—which are more hazardous to traverse when going around curves—the shorter cars will remain open as a "service" to riders. She said switching between cars while the train is moving is against the law (the fine for doing so is $75), but what is the law when you're drunk and need to take a leak (or worse)?
There are plenty of reasons one would want to switch cars, but it seems just as easy to dash out of the car when the doors open and relocate. Parker replied that locking the doors is "something we can look into," but that it's not currently under discussion.
"That's just the way it is," she said.