Ingenious Signs Ensure You Always Get A Seat On The Train
In the Netherlands, a new system designed to reduce shuffling on the platform tells riders exactly where to stand to get an open seat. It’s a 590-foot-long LED screen that hangs above the train platform and uses intuitive color-coding and symbols to show exactly where to stand to make boarding easier once the train arrives.
Long, illuminated blocks of blue span the length of each car, marking the space where the cars will pull in (and where the gaps between cars will be). Using information from infrared sensors in the train doors, the sign notes where seats are available—a block of green means that part of the train is empty, orange means semi-crowded, and red means that section is full. A white block with a perpendicular arrow indicates where the door will be once the train stops. Large numbers reveal whether each car is for first or second class, and symbols near the door signs—like a man with his finger to his lips—show where to stand for the quiet car, where you can board with a bike and which entrances are handicap-accessible.
A video of the system in action.