10 Golden Public Transit Rules

Here are some general rules to follow, and a few lessons in common sense.

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    1. Deodorant is always a good idea and so is gargling some mouthwash.

    2. Don’t eat messy food on the train. We would add smelly food as well—tuna, eggs, and Limburger cheese are out.

    3. Move in when you are sitting in the aisle seat of a three row seat. If you are not traveling for two or more hours, just do it. Also, you shouldn’t have to be told to move for pregnant women and the elderly.

    4. No loud cell phone talking! Everyone will hate you and you may be embarrassed on national news with unflattering photos.

    5. If you missed your grooming opportunity at home, your commute is not the time for nail clipping, hair spraying, or any form of gargling.

    6. No one is paying you to be the doorman, so don’t hold the doors. Mr. Smith can catch the next train. The obvious exception: Holding the door for a pregnant woman or elderly person.

    7. Step out of the way of people exiting the train. If you are at the door then step out and allow the people to enter. Likewise, they should be stepping aside on the platform for you to exit.

    8. Don’t sing. Don’t hum. Don’t whistle. Don’t yodel.

    9. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. If you feel ill wait for the feeling to pass before boarding a train filled with passengers with open-toed shoes.

    10. You went to happy hour. We know you’re happy. We’re glad you’re not driving. Be quiet and respectful of weary commuting passengers.

    Sources: CBSnews.com, nymag.com, yahoo.com

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    Your Comments

    • Federalist_Girl

      These people have obviously never been on the NYC Subway.  

    • Federalist_Girl

      These people have obviously never been on the NYC Subway.  

    • Federalist_Girl

      These people have obviously never been on the NYC Subway.  

    • Mir Quasem

      I extol ideas(rules) given out here.Those are applicable equally all over the world.
      Many thanks to the contributor.

    • Debbie Poore

      Amen!   These should be posted in the buses…..

    • Narrative_2006

      Kayak4651  Your words speak for themselves. Very typical of a selfish, inconsiderate generation who have forgotten everything , lacking the the etiquette and upbringing so needed to make this a nicer , friendlier, loving world. It starts with you Kayak4651 … try smiling and saying something nice today … it will cost you nothing but will mean everything to the person you’re addressing.

    • Mar

      still you’re mising the point here innumber six rule of not including the disabled persons, I think the person who wrote this piece does not have an inkling of how hobbling stroke suvivors  inches their way to the door trying as they mightily could to muster the strength to recovery on one good leg. 

    • Mar

      as for number three about moving in when on the aisle seat, can you makeroom, and include for the disabled persons as well, the elderly and pregnant women should and must be accorded their right place and comfort but we the disadvantage lot suffering from disability needs some respite as well, the other day I took to standing in the bus for an hours travel the man seated on the isle would not stand to help me out he told me he could not stand because he was sitting beside a pregnant woman  whom I later learned as never known to him or his companion,I’m not complaining the experience made me stronger, on one leg that is.

    • Lhogoh

      It’s an inspiring rules for riding public. Most, I’ve observed seldom follow these simple rules especially in PUVs, and trains.

    • Lahdiva1369

      And what’s wrong with etiquette rules from the 1940s?  Idealistic yes, but we’d all be a lot more comfortable and a LOT less stressed.  But if ten is too many for you to remember, there’s just one rule—if you wouldn’t want someone to do it to you, don’t do it to someone else!!!