Public Transportation Etiquette – Broken Rules

Whether it’s a bus, a train, no one’s taking the transit because they love the experience! We’re not taking the bus or train to meet new people; we’re there to get from point A to point B. Your commuting experience on public transportation will be much more enjoyable if everyone shows some courtesy. Here are a few of the worst things some people do to one another on public transportation, and how to avoid them.

Sitting Too Close

People tend to prefer it when everyone else stays at least two or three feet away from them when on public transportation. As a general rule of thumb, its best to avoid sitting next to one unless it’s the only option.

Blocking the Window Seat

Instead of blocking a window seat, slide over and take the window seat or stand up and be courteous to the other passengers. Most buses and trains use UES transit seating, which are heavy duty and comfortable seats; this way you can enjoy a comfortable seating experience on your commute, so don’t be rude by not allowing someone else a pleasant experience on public transport just because you don’t want someone to sit next to you!

Letting Everyone Else Hear What You’re Listening To

Based on 1980s movies, loud music on the bus and subway used to be a bigger problem in the 1980s, when the only way to listen to music was by a ghetto blaster. That doesn’t appear to be the case anymore. What is more common these days is hearing sound from earbud headphones that leak the sound out the backs. Music is therapeutic and a great way to ignore everyone else on public transportation; however, remember to try to be considerate of everyone else on the bus or train and ask yourself, can anyone else hear what I’m listening to?

Standing in the Wrong Place

There really aren’t too many great areas to stand on a train or bus; by the time you’re forced to stand, it’s going to be so packed that it won’t matter where you stand, you’ll be in someone’s way.

– Don’t Stand in Front of the Doors

If you’re nowhere near your stop, you should be nowhere near the door. The back of the bus or the middle of the train car are generally the best place to stand.

– Don’t Lean on Poles

The poles on buses are designed so that multiple people can hold on to them. When you lean on these poles, your back and backside are taking up grabbing space. According to the laws of transit, anyone who catches you doing this unspeakable action is technically allowed to grab on to you for support.

Waving Bags Around

Baggage is an obvious problem; it takes up unnecessary space. Space that could be used by other passengers, or worse, space that is already being used by other people. When you accidentally hit someone with your bag while on public transport, you are being just plain rude and inconsiderate.