I should start by saying I love living in a city with viable public transportation. Having the Red and Green lines within a short walk was a big selling point for our condo and the MBTA releasing GPS info has made riding the bus a much better experience (the “Catch The Bus” app rules).
That said, every time I ride a subway in Europe I get a mild inferiority complex. THEIR subway systems are able to achieve feats beyond the MBTA’s dreams. Like running after bar close and telling you when the next train will arrive.
So it was with a certain schadenfruede that I approached a bank of still escalators in the Frankfurst Messe subway station. “Great! Their escalators are always broken, too.” Except the damn thing started up as we approached, took us up to the top, then stopped again after a suitable period. Impressive, well thought out, AND energy efficient.
Why can’t we do stuff like that?