Keep it moving. That’s the basic gist of the new signs Metro Transit placed earlier this week in the downtown St. Paul skyway near the Green Line’s Central Station.
The signs read, “ATTENTION No loitering, stopping or eating in hallways/skyways. Keep moving. No sitting/kneeling on floors or stairs.”
Underneath the type, the sign says “City Ordinance 140.02.” which leaves passersby to guess that the rules spelled out on the sign were derived from that particular ordinance.
However, while that city law does seem to support the language that prohibits passerby from kneeling on the floor, there is no language prohibiting eating or stopping unless it obstructs others from being able to walk through the skyway.
Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla said Friday that the sign spells out rules that are a combination of the ordinance and Metro Transit code of conduct that people have to follow when they are on buses or trains. Some of the language was also taken from signs that had already been in the skyway, Padilla said.
“It fit with what we needed. It fit with a combination of the ordinance and our own stuff,” Padilla said.
The language was approved by the St. Paul city attorney’s office before it was posted, he said.