I relocated her in '09. This is the least friendly subway system I know of... and I lived in Philly, and Chicago, and am familiar somewhat with NYC, and a little with Boston's, and have even done the BART a couple of times.
For no known reason, they'll wait anywhere from 5 to 40 seconds *after* they come to a complete halt to open the doors. I presume this is some pseudo-Saftty thing (also, presumably dreamed up by someone who's never ridden a subway). Then they don't seem to be looking - it's close the doors.
And they're sealed cars, so if the HVAC isn't working, it's sweltering... unless they just block off the car.
And I have NEVER, EVER seen so many trains taken out of service, and forcing everyone onto the platform. *Maybe* I can remember it once or twice in 30 or 40 years of riding subways; then I got here, and I can't count the number of times I've had to gett off the train, and squeeze into a massivly overcrowded one.
Automated is fine at an airport, with small, small crowds or groups. In a real city, with hundreds of thousands of people riding every day? You need human decision making. AI ain't there yet, not for this.
mark "we won't talk about the broken elevators, and stops with *no* stairs"