Monday, January 25, 2010

Four O'Clock Factoid: Spanish Solution

Four O'Clock Factoid is a daily feature on Track Twenty-Nine helping to get you through the workday with a bit of useless knowledge.

Park Street UnderThe term Spanish Solution refers to a transit station design principle whereupon platforms are located on both sides of a track. This is used at high-volume stations to make it easier for patrons to board and alight. Sometimes one platform is reserved for boarding and the other for alighting, in other instances either platform can be used for either purpose. Examples include Atlanta's Five Points station, Munich's Marienplatz (S-bahn), and Charles de Gaulle - Etoile on Line 6 in Paris. It takes its name from early implementation on Barcelona's Metro, although the earliest instance occurred at Park Street Under (Red Line) in Boston in 1912.

1 comment:

Matt Fisher said...

There's also Henri-Bourassa on the Orange Line of the Montreal Metro (actually, there was since the line was extended to neighbouring Laval in 2007). This, I believe, would be consistent with the model. :)