Anyone notice the SEPTA employees stationed towards the back of the train at City Hall Station during peak hours? They watch passenger boarding/alighting and flash a flashlight at the driver when they can close the doors. Is this a new thing? What does the flashlight do exactly? Are these employees called "starters" like the ones that man the rear doors of buses and trolleys during peak hours? Is there a similar job on the El or is visibility better?
Related, I took a southbound local train from City Hall today around 12:15 and there were a ton of Phillies game riders. Many clustered at the back of the platform (proximity to Suburban Station I guess). People were still streaming onto the last car when the doors closed repeatedly on passengers, and a few people got left behind. Seems like SEPTA may need these flashlight people at other times of the day.