Public Transit Etiquette

Public Transit Etiquette

One of the most amazing things about human society is etiquette. Although etiquette is, at first glance, nothing more than a few agreed-upon rules that keep the world running smoothly, these rules are still amazing, simply because we agree on them--and it's fairly rare for the human race to agree on anything at all. For most of our lives, we're learning about etiquette: what to do, where to do it, and when to do it, as well as what not to do, when not to do it, and where not to do it. Etiquette isn't law. It isn't something we have to do. The amazing thing is that we do it anyway, simply because we know that these simple actions and decisions can keep a good situation from becoming an awkward one. Every society has its own set of etiquette rules, and those rules differ depending on where you are--in a restaurant, at a restaurant, or, perhaps, on a bus.

Public Transit

Almost every city in the world relies on some kind of public transit to get people from one place to another--but for a fairly simple concept, public transit can't be successful unless a lot of things work together perfectly. Take, for example, a bus. It's a huge, powerful, brightly-colored thing, covered in windows and just begging for passengers who will watch the world go by from behind the glass. It can go anywhere and do anything necessary: whether you're going to the airport or looking to transport a class of school-kids, this is the bus for you. However, in order for the bus to be successful, it requires passengers, routes, roads, and much more. As all of these aspects are coming together to create public transportation, a tiny, self-contained society is created--and that means that new etiquette guidelines are necessary.


Are you taking a Bus to Bogus Basin or anywhere else in Idaho? Before you set out, you might want to take a look at these simple etiquette tips.

  • Doors. Whether you're traveling by plane, train, or automobile, you know that the doors are important, especially when more than one person needs to use them. When using public transit, it's important to identify doors and emergency exits--and to make sure that you're not blocking them.
  • Seats. What would public transport be without seats? Although seats seem pretty simple, even they have their own set of etiquette expectations. One seat per person; leave your feet on the floor; place your luggage so that it does not interfere with anyone else's seat.
  • Be courteous. No matter how you're traveling, public transit puts you in close quarters with a lot of other people. In order to keep things going smoothly, remember to be courteous: don't talk too loudly, turn down any music, don't leave any litter behind, cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough, and generally maintain a positive atmosphere.
  • BONUS: Giving up your seat. Giving up your seat to someone who needs it has always been viewed as a mark of courtesy, kindness, and strong character. Don't leave it to the books and movies! If you see someone who clearly needs a rest, offer them your seat. We don't have to do it; but, like etiquette, we do it because we can.

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