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The pivot point of one of the busiest transit systems in the world is this compact brick and stone building at Jamaica, Long Island, New York which houses the general offices of the Long Island Railroad.
The elevated causeway (background) hosts three tracks with platforms between for each direction of travel. Trains arrive in batches of three, one to each track. The doors all open at once and the passengers of all three trains - plus more waiting on the platforms - surge onto, off of, between and even through in a mad scramble resembling a cross between a football scrimmage and a panic stricken mob.
In seconds, a couple hundred people have traded places and the electrified MU trains are off again: to be replaced minutes later by three more. Inelegant, perhaps, but effective.
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