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New research suggests people should stand instead of walking on the escalator. Standing is the most efficient way to move people through a transit system. Researchers said, on average, a person who's standing will take up two steps on the escalator. A person walking, will take three steps. The extra steps add up to time wasted and longer lines—a problem compounded by thousands of people. 

When 40 percent of the people walked, the average time for standers was 138 seconds and 46 seconds for walkers, according to their calculations. When everyone stood, the average time fell to 59 seconds. For walkers, that meant losing 13 seconds but for standers, it was a 79-second improvement.

Adam Clark Estes at Gizmodo argues standing on escalators is in fact inefficient and un-American. Here are his four reasons:

  1. Walking is faster than standing.
  2. Walking makes you pay attention.
  3. Walking is healthy.
  4. Walking encourages people to stay out of your way.
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