Public transit pet peeves

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    Aug 02, 2012 11:14 PM GMT
    So here's the question- what are the things you absolutely cannot stand about you're city's public transit system? Feel free to give an example.

    Mine- so i get off work today after staying several extra hours for a pregnant girl that needed to go home. I get on the bus, sit down, but it quickly fills while we're at the station. I get up, give my seat to some teenage girls. By the time we leave the station, i am one of two guys standing, and there are prob four women standing. All of us have obviously been at work all day. You've got at least four guys in their teens sitting and bullshitting. When a set of seats finally open on one of the three seat portions, one of these kids says i should offer my seat to the girl standing at the front (i had already waited before sitting in case she wanted to sit and there is a large seat between me and him still) i say there's a seat right there and he starts talking to his friends across the aisle about how he should deck me (not his exact words). An old lady takes it at the next stop anyway. They all get off at a community center with their sports bags (which was taking up too much space anyway), i still end up standing back up for a family that comes on at the next street.
    Am i the only one tht was taught to offer your damn seat if the person is older than you, has obviously been standing all day or is a woman? I can't help but think someone would have told them this by now.

    Bonus- people that put their bags on the seat when the bus is full instead of storing them under the seat.
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    Aug 03, 2012 1:25 AM GMT
    Bonus: When a person decides to urinate on the train.
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    Aug 03, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    KyleAD saidSo here's the question- what are the things you absolutely cannot stand about you're city's public transit system? Feel free to give an example.

    Mine- so i get off work today after staying several extra hours for a pregnant girl that needed to go home. I get on the bus, sit down, but it quickly fills while we're at the station. I get up, give my seat to some teenage girls. By the time we leave the station, i am one of two guys standing, and there are prob four women standing. All of us have obviously been at work all day. You've got at least four guys in their teens sitting and bullshitting. When a set of seats finally open on one of the three seat portions, one of these kids says i should offer my seat to the girl standing at the front (i had already waited before sitting in case she wanted to sit and there is a large seat between me and him still) i say there's a seat right there and he starts talking to his friends across the aisle about how he should deck me (not his exact words). An old lady takes it at the next stop anyway. They all get off at a community center with their sports bags (which was taking up too much space anyway), i still end up standing back up for a family that comes on at the next street.
    Am i the only one tht was taught to offer your damn seat if the person is older than you, has obviously been standing all day or is a woman? I can't help but think someone would have told them this by now.

    Bonus- people that put their bags on the seat when the bus is full instead of storing them under the seat.


    Tourists that don't understand that you're supposed to stand to the right and walk to the left on the fucking Metro escalators. I'm not afraid to charge through them either. Just the other day, I busted through an Amish family as I was trying to catch my train.
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    Aug 03, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    When the metro train hits metro buses.
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    Aug 03, 2012 1:35 AM GMT
    KyleAD said Public transit pet peeves
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    Aug 03, 2012 1:35 AM GMT
    I'm convinced the city buses try to hit us students when we cross the street, I'm not the only one who has noticed it. You can hear them speed up and you have to rush out of their way. Granted we may be jaywalking, but that's beside the point because it's a one way road so it's easy to
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    Aug 03, 2012 1:36 AM GMT
    I have an extremely sensitive nose and I have to change subway cars when the one I get on stinks like something.
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    Aug 03, 2012 1:43 AM GMT
    PittBull_21 saidI'm convinced the city buses try to hit us students when we cross the street, I'm not the only one who has noticed it. You can hear them speed up and you have to rush out of their way. Granted we may be jaywalking, but that's beside the point because it's a one way road so it's easy to
    Bus drivers in LA are assholes. They will intentionally bump your car, if you piss them off in any way. Not too hard to cause any crazy damage, but just enough to dent your bumper. Yes, it's happened to me. icon_neutral.gif

    Also, our bus drivers run red lights. If they don't, then they'll be late on their route. So they always gun it through yellow/red lights.
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    Aug 03, 2012 1:48 AM GMT
    KyleAD saidSo here's the question- what are the things you absolutely cannot stand about you're city's public transit system? Feel free to give an example.

    Mine- so i get off work today after staying several extra hours for a pregnant girl that needed to go home. I get on the bus, sit down, but it quickly fills while we're at the station. I get up, give my seat to some teenage girls. By the time we leave the station, i am one of two guys standing, and there are prob four women standing. All of us have obviously been at work all day. You've got at least four guys in their teens sitting and bullshitting. When a set of seats finally open on one of the three seat portions, one of these kids says i should offer my seat to the girl standing at the front (i had already waited before sitting in case she wanted to sit and there is a large seat between me and him still) i say there's a seat right there and he starts talking to his friends across the aisle about how he should deck me (not his exact words). An old lady takes it at the next stop anyway. They all get off at a community center with their sports bags (which was taking up too much space anyway), i still end up standing back up for a family that comes on at the next street.
    Am i the only one tht was taught to offer your damn seat if the person is older than you, has obviously been standing all day or is a woman? I can't help but think someone would have told them this by now.

    Bonus- people that put their bags on the seat when the bus is full instead of storing them under the seat.


    Hahaha, you definitely nailed the two I wanted to list. I'm definitely glad someone feels the same way. I started taking buses last year to and from both work and class. And those were definitely the two that stuck out the most. I guess I could offer slight variation though.

    I hate it when the bus isn't quite all of the way full, and yet I am the only one left standing because the last few available seats are occupied by backpacks or people who prefer to sit in one seat and put their feet in another.

    The next two don't bother me to the point where I want to punch them in the back of the head but...

    1) When homeless people on the bus insist on having a conversation with me when my headphones are in...and after I don't respond they physically poke or nudge me to get my attention. I'm a very sociable person normally (especially if I'm taking the bus to work or class) but if it's COMING HOME from work or class...and it was a bad shift or horrible lecture...I just want music...and that's it.

    2) Couples (gay or straight) that constantly make out in front of me. It could be jealousy...or it could be that I'm not a huge fan of PDA myself...and find it's more respectful to keep your tongue out of another person's mouth unless it's behind closed doors or in an appropriate setting...

    hahaha, now that I've read that over..I sound like a prude. But whatever..and hey...I'm glad the topic was brought up. Thanks Kyle icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 03, 2012 1:59 AM GMT
    People who force their way on to the metro car before others have disembarked. And people who block the escalator by not standing on the right.

    I only offer my seat to elderly, parents with small kids, pregnant ladies, and anyone who looks like their struggling.
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    Aug 03, 2012 3:20 AM GMT
    Parallel seats
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    Aug 03, 2012 3:21 AM GMT
    My only pet peeve is that I don't have access to it. I'm too far out.
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    Aug 03, 2012 3:27 AM GMT
    I practically used to live on public trans for most of the last 10 years. I hate the lack of comfy seating, seat belts and dirty people who ride it; but is sure does teach time management and punctuality!
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    Aug 03, 2012 3:49 AM GMT
    When a biggest blizzard of the decade hits the day after christmas and your stuck at Jersey City's Journal Square station all night with hundreds of strangers, sitting on a dirty floor.
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    Aug 03, 2012 4:34 AM GMT
    This.
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:28 AM GMT
    I have to say, i don't think i've encountered puke or major pda yet... As for people trying to shove on before others disembark, idk how they expect the damn thing to work... Especially on the metro where there's no driver to tell them to get the fuck back.
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:41 AM GMT
    I was a victim of Edmonton Transit for 22years and then again for 3.5 months last year with my cast.

    It would be easier to list the things I like about transit:

    1. Most people thank the driver now upon exiting the bus.

    That's all!


    I had a cast and crutches and as a result very vulnerable on a sketchy transit system. I always classified some morons as "bus people". Unfortunately, I had to converse with these idiots when spoken to just to make sure I wasn't assaulted and listen to their painfully stupid opinions of random topics.

    I realised, I had become one of the "bus people" there was no escaping it. icon_smile.gif


    Even with the most efficient transit system, I will always choose cycling or walking first.
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:45 AM GMT
    When it's rush hour, a lady walks in the train with her infant child, and no one offers her a seat. So she sits on the floor of the train with her baby.
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:46 AM GMT
    Our city's zoning can't handle a public transportation system because it's too sparsely populated yet we have a city full of empty buses anyway. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:51 AM GMT
    Its lack of existence
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:54 AM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos saidOur city's zoning can't handle a public transportation system because it's too sparsely populated yet we have a city full of empty buses anyway. icon_biggrin.gif


    I used to live in colorado springs, the largest small cities in america. They kept cutting bus services and i never lived in a part of the city anywhere near the stops, the busses they did run always had a ton of people since it was mostly the older city... I think i'm slowly ending my honeymoon period with transit as i realize this city is underserved and overtaxed for it.
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:58 AM GMT
    KyleAD said
    Bullwinklemoos saidOur city's zoning can't handle a public transportation system because it's too sparsely populated yet we have a city full of empty buses anyway. icon_biggrin.gif


    I used to live in colorado springs, the largest small cities in america. They kept cutting bus services and i never lived in a part of the city anywhere near the stops, the busses they did run always had a ton of people since it was mostly the older city... I think i'm slowly ending my honeymoon period with transit as i realize this city is underserved and overtaxed for it.
    I liked co springs but don't want to live there. Minneapolis is well-deserving of its transportation system, but Mankato- that town is peanuts in comparison, and it takes a half hour to go from the university campus to Walmart, which is only a 3-4 mile drive. What the hell?
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    Aug 03, 2012 6:16 AM GMT
    KyleAD saidwhat are the things you absolutely cannot stand about you're city's public transit system?

    San Francisco - the lack of it. San Francisco's subway was designed by idiots, and is managed by incompetents. The SINGLE subway line seems to run OK (most of the time) - except in rush hour, the city is lacking Tokyo's "packer's" needed to jam more people into the cars than they have room for. The stations were all designed to have trains 8-10 cars long, like in New York, London, or Chicago, except the trains never have more than 2 cars - and usually only one. Which means if you want reasonable room not to have the sweaty smelly masses in your face, you have to take a train a long way in the opposite direction of your travel, in order to get a seat (or standing room) on a car in the direction you are traveling. It took over 20 years before the city corrected the design flaw of not having a means to turn around the trains at the end of the line - which created tremendous bottlenecks of trains and would be passengers at the busiest station on the route.
    . Buses - one would not normally ride a bus in SF unless it were imperative. They travel at an average speed of about 5 miles an hour, often in packs of three, with long waits in between, and it can take an hour to go across town - a distance of about 7 miles. Like other normal cities, SF is supposed to have managers to redirect buses at times of congestion or problems, but they are either asleep or non-existent - they seem never to accomplish much. GamRican gave excellent photos of what to expect on a bus. Also gangs of teenagers, who board without paying, and try to make life unpleasant for everyone else. Passengers should hold tightly on to their wallets and wear a Kevlar Knife-proof vest.
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    Aug 03, 2012 6:36 AM GMT
    I only give up my seat for old people or pregnant people. Just being a female doesn't count in my book.

    Transit smells like pee, but that's pretty much a theme anywhere the transit system operates 24 hours..

    There's a lot of homeless and psychotic people, but they never bother me as much as the sane drunk people. And often I will see psychotic/homeless people that come to the hospital I work at, so I'm happy to get up call them by name and tell them to shut up icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 03, 2012 6:40 AM GMT
    Why can't traveling by bus be as glamorous as this?