Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Muni Turnstiles Get High-Tech...and Family-Friendly

Muni is updating the turnstiles in its Metro stations, part of the switch to the new Clipper regional transit pass.

And look, they can accommodate strollers! (Until now, you've had to take a stroller around to the side and go in an emergency gate.)

We've written before about whether Muni is intolerant to kids. (And there was the time we were chided for violating "federal law" by keeping our baby in the stroller while on the subway.) Maybe the new turnstiles are a step in the right direction.

I take Civic Center station to Embarcadero Station every day, and I'm a bit surprised to see Civic Center got upgraded first (since it's less frequented by the city's monied interests). Maybe they figure if the new technology can survive there, it will survive any station in the system.