Monday, October 6, 2008

Some Do’s and Don’ts for riding the metro in Minnesota

1. Don’t have loud, personal conversations arguing with your significant other. Not only is it embarrassing for you, but it makes things more uncomfortable for all those already trying to avoid eyeballing you.

2. Please do relieve a seat for those with disabilities. You know how hard it is to hang on to the railing while trying not to fly down the aisle. Imagine how hard it must be for those who aren’t as fortunate.

3. DON’T snag the stopping cord seconds before your stop; it’s only going to a) make people annoyed at an unnecessary abrupt stop, b) make the driver stop past the stop (if they even choose to stop), and/or c) both.

4. DO thank your driver when you exit the bus. They deal with enough people bad mouthing them for being late, for forgetting to release the back door for exiting, etc. I believe drivers appreciate those who use common courtesy and respect.

5. DON’T hang over your driver while inserting your change. I’ve seen more than a number of people do this, causing the driver to potentially be distracted while driving and uneasy about what is going on right behind them.

6. DO have exact amount of change or Metropass ready before you enter the bus. Not being prepared takes additional time of the bus driver and causes the payer to remain standing as the bus takes off. Paying as you enter creates smoother, quicker stops for the bus and a safer ride for everyone.

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