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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

You can't always stand where you want

It's exam time. The bus to SFU is less crowded than usual and you'll probably get a seat, or at least have your choice of prime standing locations.

The bus is by no means empty though. This means if you're near the front of the line to get on, usual bus etiquette applies. Move to the back, pick a seat, sit down and keep the heck out of the way of people trying to get on. It's not rocket science, which is why it astounds me when people still get on the bus, decide they want to stand in their favorite spot and then refuse to move. 

This morning, the standing spot of choice was right by the middle door, where not 1, not 2, but 3 people were huddled while people were still trying to get on through that door. The bus is not anywhere near full; there are still seats available; even if you are getting off at the first stop (which these people did not do), you could have sat down out of the way and not gotten trapped behind a hoard of people. So why are you crowded around the door like you are going to jump from the bus at the first sign of danger?

As an added bonus, when people are huddled by that door and others are still coming on through it, no one getting on the front door (read: ME!) can get past, and you end up with 60% of the people crammed into the front third of the bus, while the back still has empty seats.

Transit Lesson #1: If you want to stand near a door, get on last. 

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