Yesterday we discussed the “Key etiquette rules for picking your spot in CTA cars with aisle-facing seats.” Today, we talk about all you folks who have to stand.
We have to review these rules as the CTA puts more of the new 5000 Series rail cars into service. They are now in fairly extensive use on the Red, Purple, Pink and Green lines. With the long rows of aisle-facing seats and wider aisles, CTA rail riders need to relearn some basic etiquette. So, here goes.
- Mind your feet, standees. Those folks sitting in front of you may have their feet extended a bit into the aisle, so be mindful.
- Mind your feet, sitters. The corollary is that sitters should try to keep their feet under their seat,
- Move into the middle of the car. This advice stands for ANY kind of rail car. But particularly the 5000 cars, because the huge empty area around the doors can get crowded quickly.
- Don’t crowd the area around the door. Again, I’ve noticed a greater tendency for riders to stand near the doors. At least three times I had to admonish people to move away from the door so I could exit the train.
- No staring, sitters. That is, no staring at the butts and crotches so close to you at eye level. In this case, it’s best to keep staring at your smartphone.
Follow these rules and your fellow riders will thank you.
But what did I forget? Let me know in comments.
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