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Old 06-01-2010, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Toronto > Montreal > Kiev
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When a subway approaches the station and there are no people at the station does the subway stop?

I was surprised yesterday in Montreal that there was visibly no one at the station and the train slowed down a bit but never stopped. So I was surprised.

This would never happen in Toronto, Over there trains stay at station longer and there`s a mechanism that sounds a warning light before doors close (slowly). Over here it is so fast paced and trains hold their door open for a mere 3 seconds, before the doors slam shut.

With NYC being so big and fast paced is it the same way over there?
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Old 06-01-2010, 11:52 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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The train always stops- how would they know where people would want to get off otherwise?
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Old 06-01-2010, 05:28 PM
 
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The train always stops- how would they know where people would want to get off otherwise?
If the train is running behind they'll go express to get back on schedule. They will make an announcement so those on board will be able to adjust their travel plans.
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Old 06-02-2010, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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If the train is running behind they'll go express to get back on schedule.
Sometimes. It depends what's behind the train in question; if there's a major delay, then that train is going to make all stops, regardless of how late it is. (Qualifier provided by your friendly local MTA tower operator).
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Old 06-05-2010, 12:07 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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You probably just witnessed a battery run in Montreal. All metro system do it (New York included.) It's when a train gets significantly behind schedule and the control center orders the operator to bypass several usually less-important stations to make up time. An announcement is usually made before the doors close to inform riders that this is about to happen (i.e. "This train will run express to..." etc.) so that those who are traveling to bypassed stations have a chance to get off.
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Old 06-05-2010, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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You probably just witnessed a battery run in Montreal. All metro system do it (New York included.) It's when a train gets significantly behind schedule and the control center orders the operator to bypass several usually less-important stations to make up time. An announcement is usually made before the doors close to inform riders that this is about to happen (i.e. "This train will run express to..." etc.) so that those who are traveling to bypassed stations have a chance to get off.
I can go with everything except that term "less important." No given station is less important than another. What usually happens is that the train will make express stops on the local track. That's not a comment on the importance of any stations along the way.
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Old 06-05-2010, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Astoria, Queens, you know the scene
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Usually the train operator honks his horn repeatedly if he is going to skip the station and he is on the local track. That's how you can tell the tourists from the locals because they get up assuming the train is going to stop and are bewildered when it doesn't, hehe.
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