A new ad campaign by New York City Transit puts a firmer squeeze on passengers to offer disabled folks a seat.
"Please Offer a Seat. (It's not only polite, it's the law.)" So says a new public service ad, as reported in the New York Times City Room blog.
"It's the first time we've really stressed this," said Paul J. Fleuranges, vice president for corporate communications at New York City Transit, the largest arm of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Those who decline to give up a seat on request face up to a $50 fine,
he said. (The new campaign also warns that "not all disabilities are
I would love to see the CTA start such a campaign. I've watched helplessly as very pregnant women or guys with crutches stood while able-bodied passengers -- many times young men -- sat by, totally oblivious to their plight.
I've discussed this pet peeve many times before. Let's be a little nicer to each other folks.