Rules of the Subway

I’m still getting my bearings, so my blog time has been limited this week!

But today, I want to talk about something that affects so many people: the experience of riding the subway.

Taking the subway may seem simple at first, but there are so many etiquette “rules” that it can be overwhelming for people new to the system.

Rule 1: When entering the subway once it stops, always wait for everyone to get off before you push your way on. And yes, a lot of times you have to push.

Rule 2: This is probably the most important rule. Never make eye contact with others on the subway. This will result in a very awkward aversion of your eyes and is altogether uncomfortable. Seriously find anything else to look at rather than the other people on the line. Sometimes if I’m too tired to try and concentrate on staring into the distance, I just close my eyes so I don’t have to worry about it. There are only so many times you can reread the advertisements posted above.

Rule 3: If you want a seat, you must fight for it. Not literally, but be ready. If you see someone moving as if they are getting off, you will only get the seat if you sit down immediately after they stand up. It happens like clockwork so be on the lookout.

Rule 4: Going off of Rule 3, once you get your seat, try not to have your shoulders touching the people on your sides. Sometimes it’s too crowded and you have no choice but to be crammed, but generally, personal bubbles must be respected on the subway.

Rule 5: This is my own personal rule that I wish everyone would follow and most people do. But for everyone’s sake, don’t cough or sneeze on the subway without covering your mouth and containing your germs. If there was ever a breeding ground for germs, it’s the subways, so ALWAYS wash your hands ASAP once you arrive at your destination.

I’m happy to say I’m getting the hang of using the subways and buses and can navigate to most places in the city without looking like a lost tourist, so that’s definitely a start!




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