As an avid transit user, I know that getting on the crowded 99 B-line, or squeezing on to the cramped SkyTrain during peak hours can be a hectic experience.
There are people trying to push their way through the doors, listening to their music on full blast or even cutting their toenails. I have seen it all. With all the chaos, sometimes we as transit users forget some basic transit etiquette. Here are seven transit tips to help make everyone’s ride a little smoother.
Give up your seat to those who need it
When the train or bus is overflowing with people, getting an empty seat all to yourself can be a relief. Sometimes, that seat becomes so comfy that it gets difficult to get up and offer it to someone who needs it more than you do. If you see a senior, an expecting mother, a parent with their young child or even someone carrying heavy grocery bags, asking them whether they would like a seat is a kind gesture that will not go unappreciated.
Move to the back and don’t block the doors
Moving to the back of the bus or train allows space for others to stand. It also ensures that the doorways are not blocked, which prevents one of the most common reasons for delayed service.
Take off your backpack
This one is pretty straightforward. To make more room on the train or bus simply place your backpack on the ground. It will take a load off your back and also ensure that you are not whacking anyone in the face with your bag.
Keep the music down
I am not going to lie, when any Beyoncé song comes on my iPod, I have a sudden urge to blast it on full volume and sing along. But, transit is probably not the best place to have a jam session. Be mindful of how loud your music is because not everyone on the bus wants to hear “Drunk In Love” at 8 a.m.
Yelling while on the phone
Transit can get noisy, making it hard to have a phone conversation. Sometimes, you need to speak up a little to ensure that the person on the other end can hear you. However, listening to someone else yell into his or her phone is never a pleasant experience. Try and be aware of just how loud you are speaking so others can have a little peace and quiet.
Pick up after yourself
Transit is a shared public space and we all need to be responsible and pick up our garbage in order to keep it clean. If you need to dispose of litter, newspapers or plastic bottles, there are appropriate bins located in the stations for you to do so. Don’t be a litterbug!
When we are in a rush, we often become stressed out and frustrated. If we all take a few seconds to remember to say, “excuse me” or “ thank you,” taking transit becomes a much friendlier experience for all of us.
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