Running Late

Feb 5 2013 @ 7:33am

Megan Garber highlights a novel tactic from Grand Central Terminal in New York:

The times displayed on Grand Central’s departure boards are wrong — by a full minute. This is permanent. It is also purposeful. The idea is that passengers rushing to catch trains they’re about to miss can actually be dangerous — to themselves, and to each other. So conductors will pull out of the station exactly one minute after their trains’ posted departure times.

She thinks the strategy is working given that “Grand Central boasts the fewest slips, trips, and falls of any station in the country.”