On an average business day in the city, the TTC busses and trains can carry hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Torontonians. With so many people on board, there’s a certain decorum that riders are expected to follow.
Here are the basics of travelling by public transit that will not only make your life easier, but will reduce your chances of pissing off a fellow passenger and create a pleasurable riding experience for all.
1. If someone sitting three seats down can clearly hear the music playing on your headphones, it’s too loud! Just because you want to go deaf, it doesn’t mean you have to punish the rest of us.
2. If you’re lucky enough to get a seat on a busy bus or subway car, don’t be a princess and put your bag on the empty seat beside you and then pretend you’re sleeping when someone wants to sit down.
3. Know the escalator lanes. If you’re going to just stand there and wait to be moved to the top, keep to the right so that people who have somewhere to be can walk up the left side uninterrupted. This is common escalator etiquette. Get it right or take the stairs.
4. When the bus driver asks people to move to the back of the bus, MOVE! There is nothing more irritating than people who stand there blank-faced as the bus leaves behind angry passengers standing in the cold when the whole back of the bus is empty. Climbing up two steps to the back won’t kill you.
5. When there’s a whole line of people waiting to get on a bus, don’t push your way on as soon as the doors open. You’ll just end up pissing someone off. Be patient and you’ll get on. And if not, you better hope that people already on board move to the back of the bus.