I’ve recently finished reading Darrin Nordahl’s ebook Making Transit FUN!, and it’s inspired a few ideas. I’ll write up a review soon, but for now I present my latest idea: the Brooklyn Slide. Imagine if instead of walking down two long sets of stairs or escalators in the future Brooklyn Station, you could shoot down a slide from the surface right to the platform. This would save countless hours of passenger commute time, and would be fun.
Considering Sound Transit is only halfway done with design, there’s still plenty of time to add this little, cheap design enhancement. Though I show a straight slide in my illustration, this could be helical after a straight section. This could also likely work at the Roosevelt Station, Capitol Hill Station, or Bellevue Station, as they have similar designs. If there’s any concern about safety, cleaning, liability, or maintenance, I refer you to previous designs implemented in parks throughout Seattle on city land, built safe enough for children to use.
Transit slides are not unprecedented, there are several that have been built as retrofit installations. The difference here is that we have the opportunity to build one right into the station from the start.