April 23, 2012
If MUNI Were An Elevator
One Man’s Opinion
2012 Bryan CostalesIf Elevators Were Run By Muni
Imagine what this city would be like if elevators were run by MUNI. Youenter the high-rise where your ofﬁce, or doctor, or lawyer is and ﬁnd, instead of abutton to push, a display showing how many minutes you have to wait for anelevator. The sign, by Nextelevator, shows 30 seconds to the next elevator, overand over for the next ﬁve minutes. Or at least that’s how long you are willing towait before taking the stairwell up.On days you wait for the elevator to arrive, the door eventually opens. Youwould step on, but people trying to get off the elevator are being blocked by toomany people trying to get on. Pushing your way past a shopping basket, you ﬁnda place to stand with a strap hanging from the ceiling.Too late, after the elevator started, you realize you got on a limited that willnot stop on your ﬂoor. You decide to stay on anyway and just walk down onelevel using stairs. But today’s elevator is slow because too many people want toride, so it takes a full minute to board everyone at each ﬂoor.You are delayed again on the 30th ﬂoor because the elevator door on thatﬂoor had been manufactured too high so steps had to be used to get into and outof the elevator. This delay had been caused because a wheelchair required thata special ramp be laid down so that it could board.