Dutch Subway Slide: An Exercise in Efficiency

Leave it to the Dutch to turn a playground feature into public-transit innovation. Next time you’re tripping down a set of dirty, crowded subway stairs in your city, just remember that there’s a better way. The Dutch are calling it a “transit accelerator.”


The Pop-Up City blog writes:

It’s officially called a ‘transfer accelerator’ by Dutch railway maintenance company ProRail, but everyone else would say it’s a slide. An awesome slide. Installed next to a stairway at the newly renovated railway station Overvecht in the city of Utrecht, the slide offers travelers the opportunity to quickly reach the railway tracks when they’re in a hurry. But above all, the slide is a great instrument to make the city more playful. The ‘transfer accelerator’ was designed by Utrecht-based firm HIK Ontwerpers, and installed as the final piece of the renovation of the Overvecht railway station.

Chicago’s CTA Tattler blog is already soliciting opinions from Chicagoans on where they would put one in the Windy City.

So what about New York?

Union Square? Grand Central?  Wall Street?

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  1. Perspective says:

    Great til some drunk pees down the slide at 4 AM

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    • Jaime says:

      Seeing as how public urination is not only strictly enforced and prosecuted in Holland, but that the fines associated generally involve up to a night in jail (common) and a 500euro+ fine I doubt it would be a common problem.

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  2. Jimmy says:

    Amazing. How ingenious of the dutch.

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  3. VB in NV says:

    Given its recent slide, how could it go anywhere but Wall St.

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  4. Bearman says:

    So instead of a dirty subway station garbage getting on just my shoes, it will get all over my clothing

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  5. Tejaswi says:

    Errm, how would it scale? 5 people sliding down the thing one after the other without a sufficient gap will definitely bump into each other?

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  6. JPJ says:

    PATH station at WTF in NYC

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  7. rufus firefly says:

    fantastic, fun but we all know it rains too much in utrecht; in doors in Penn Station would
    cut it though.

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    • robert says:

      pretty fun….doubt it would be efficient. Now, if only someone would invent some type of moving staircase than goes both up and down so you don’t have to sit on your butt.

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      • EH says:

        Escalators are more for the people going up than going down. Plus slides break down WAY less than outdoor escalators.

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  8. BT says:

    I have no idea how to calculate the terminal velocity for a slide, but I’m sure you would reach it if you put one of these at the Wheaton (MD) Metro station. (Longest escalator run in the US)

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