Safety and Etiquette
Using public transportation is an easy way to travel. Below you will find information about how to use public transportation, safety guidelines and etiquette.
Public Transportation Safety
One of the benefits of public transportation is that it’s a safe way to travel. But like any type of transportation, there are basic safety guidelines to remember:
- Plan your route ahead of time. If you’re new to public transportation, the bus or train schedule may be confusing at first. You should plan ahead of time where you are going and how you will get there.
- Do not run to the train. Watch your step when boarding or exiting a subway train, as there is a gap between the edge of the subway platform and the train door.
- Listen for public announcements and follow the directions provided.
- While waiting for a bus or streetcar, try to avoid unlit or deserted areas. Stand near others who are waiting, an occupied building or in a lighted area until transportation arrives.
- Never attempt to board a subway train once the doors begin to close.
- Stand to one side to allow people to exit the subway car before you board.
- Stay alert and hold on to railings when a bus or train is slowing down or turning.
- When you arrive at your stop, be aware of others around you. If you feel you are being followed, go to the nearest occupied building and ask for assistance.
- Never display money or valuables in public. Carry your wallet in an inside pocket, or a pocket that can be buttoned. Keep your purse, shopping bag or other belongings in your lap, on your arm, or between your feet. Do not leave them on an empty seat.
Public Transportation Etiquette
Being respectful of your fellow commuters will make for a more enjoyable experience for everyone. The following are examples of public transportation etiquette:
- Offer your seat to elderly or disabled passengers.
- If the train or bus is crowded, make sure you leave room for people to move around you.
- Avoid using the phone as much as possible. If you do talk on the phone, try to keep conversations brief and speak quietly.
- Do not use multiple seats for your bags or for reclining. Be considerate of other people who are boarding the train or bus and are looking for a seat.
- Always cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough.
- If listening to music, use headphones that cannot be heard by other passengers or be sure to keep the volume at a reasonable level.