After missing my train Friday morning I repaired to the Amtrak waiting area. I quickly became mesmerized by the flow of people on the other side of the glass wall--behind the curtains. Why are there curtains in the Amtrak waiting area? Seems unlikely that it's to block the view of all the people passing by. A little touch of domesticity? Also unlikely. To offer some kind of privacy for those of us holding Amtrak tix? Probably. Are the curtains more opaque in the Acela waiting area?
There was something very disconcerting, almost dizzying, about having just a partial view of all those people hurrying by. It made me visually uneasy to be able to see only just so much of all those people passing. by. Also of note: the horizontal metal bars resemble the side of a train.