YOUR TURN: A Guide to MBTA Etiquette

If you were writing an etiquette guide for the T, what would you include? What do Orange Line travelers do that just gets under your skin?

Anyone who's spent any time on the T has opinions about how their experience could be better – and a lot of those ideas involve other passengers. 

A couple of weeks ago the MBTA rolled out their fifth campaign in 12 years to remind riders to be human beings when on the T. We're talking stuff like not abusing drivers, letting disabled people sit down and not sneezing all over the person in the next seat.

Last week, blogger Mike Tremblay wrote his own guide on proper public transportation behavior, “The MBTA Etiquette Handbook” on his blog The Third String Catcher.

What would you add to these lists? If you could change one thing about rider behavior, what would it be? Tell us in the comments. 

Mr Myagi February 18, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Where do I begin? First , would those who pick their nose and eat it please refrain from your snack. Could the MBTA maybe put some police at the Malden center station and remove those who aren't using the station for what it is meant but using it to sell drugs. Could people have some class and not yell on their cell phones. I have so many more but I'm sure others will step up.
Jake February 18, 2013 at 05:54 PM
The MBTA should roll out a cleaning up their troubled station campaign. How about some T policemen here like Myagi said.
Chris Caesar February 18, 2013 at 06:23 PM
>First , would those who pick their nose and eat it please refrain from your snack. You've seen this happen!??!?!!? http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ld3egsy9Hn1qbs1b3.gif
david mokal February 18, 2013 at 08:31 PM
I hate it when someone is super tall and they pass gas in your face. They shouldnt let drunks on either. One Trew up and it smelled so bad everyone trew up. It was terrible. At least a dozen people were covered in trow up. I call it the MEAT TRAIN.
david mokal February 18, 2013 at 08:37 PM
The Malden Police allways responds to any trouble on the T. They are the first responders. The now called Transit Police are After The Fact.
paul surette February 19, 2013 at 12:59 AM
One Sunday morning at Sullivan Station, I saw a homeless guy pull his pants down and take a wizz right on the car. I would also see nose pickers all the time. The Orange Line on a whole gets on my nerves. There's no fixing that. Blue Line is the cleanest and most civil by far!
david mokal February 19, 2013 at 02:50 AM
LOL There goes another DD up my nose
david mokal February 19, 2013 at 02:53 AM
They have to clean up The Pee Busses. They smell urine. Also the handrails. I grabbed the handrail and I had goookies all over my fingers.
david mokal February 19, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Was there anyone sitting there? When everyone trew up on the car I was in when they open the doors people were splattering all over the station. All you could see was scarambled eggs and beef stew. I dont know what this guy was drinkin but it was bad. It was like a Horror story with people covered in their hair and clothing. Some people started wiping it off with their fingers and that made more trow up including me.
david mokal February 19, 2013 at 03:07 AM
At least you could have past him the salt,pepper and oregano.
Elio February 19, 2013 at 06:31 PM
I had a seat one morning on the orange line malden sq. when a guy came in standing in front of me eating a stale donut, each bite he took crumbled on my work cloths. I asked him to push back and all i got was i no speak english....
Erika February 21, 2013 at 01:23 AM
In addition to the nose picking and other gross behaviors, I remember an instance when I was on the red line and approaching a seat in a fairly empty train to have a girl slide in to "steal" the spot I was approaching. I mean c'mon, there are 30 other seats in the car! What's the fixation with this one? I sat across and gave her the evil eye the entire ride, but I don't think she was all there or understood what was going on. On another instance on the green line with a fairly packed car, I offered my seat to an older lady. Not surprisingly, when the car started to go I lost my balance and ended up pushing against her. I apologize, but what does she do? Starts insulting me and making a scene yelling very loudly at me for being a "stupid Mexican who comes to the US to steal American jobs", right in the middle of rush hour. It was so embarrassing. Thankfully the other passengers had seen everything and were appaled at the situation. I have a couple of other stories, but I think I've now vented enough. Riding the train in Boston has not exactly been a pleasant experience. Nevertheless I still utilize it everyday and thank MBTA for providing a fairly convenient public transportation system.
Maria america February 21, 2013 at 06:51 AM
how pathetic that people have to have posters on the trains to teach them civil manners


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