I, like many of you out there, am a Toronto commuter. I take the TTC every day to and from school in a 45 minute each way ride. Some people think I’m crazy, but there are tons of people out there who have it much harder than I do.
As much as I enjoy my ride on a day to day basis, sometimes I want to scream. Sure there are perks, but then there are those people who make me so angry. So, I would like to share with everyone some TTC etiquette that I think everyone should follow.
1. Let people off before getting on
Now, I think this is an obvious one, but often when the subway doors open someone is standing right there desperate to get on. Just move out of the way!!! I need to get off!!!
2. Do NOT sit in an aisle seat when the window seat is open
I don’t want to climb over you just to sit down. Just move over, I’ll politely get up when you have to get off.
3. Get up when you see an elderly, pregnant or injured person get on
Again, sounds obvious, but the other day I actually watched two women argue about who was going to allow the extremely elderly person sit down. And to my surprise, the very pregnant woman go up! The other women complained of back problems. Like come on!
4. Your bag does not deserve a seat of its own
5. Be conscious of the volume of your music
I may be trying to read, I don’t want to hear what you are listening to.
6. Don’t litter. Seriously
The other day I watched a man eat sunflower seeds on the subway, and he spit the shells on the ground. Ech.
7. Try not to be too loud or annoying
This is mostly for a younger audience, but I’ve probably had a long day and I just want to relax. Please be considerate of others around you.
8. Stand on the right, pass on the left
I’ll admit, I am an escalator walker. I have places to go and generally just want to get there. If you want to enjoy the ride, stand on the left, and get out of my way.
So, that is all I can think of right now. Please feel free to share any of your TTC pet peeves as this is your chance to let it all out. We are communicators, maybe this is the time for social change…