Vancouver’s re: Place magazine has a piece on “Becoming an expert transit rider” that reminds me of an internal conflict I have when I see folks on the train platform with luggage.
My efficiency way of thinking wants to tell those waiting for the northbound/O’Hare Blue Line near where the rear of the train will stop to walk toward where the front of the train will stop, because when they exit at O’Hare they will have to walk to the front of the train anyway.
This conflicts with the voice in my head that tells me it’s none of my business, maybe there’s another reason they’re standing where they’re standing, etc.
I resolve the conflict by making the suggestion to solo travelers or those I overhear wondering if they’ll make their plane. Otherwise, I say nothing.
For example, last week I was downtown at a conference headed back to Logan Square. On the northbound/O’Hare train, I want to be in the last car so that when I exit at Logan Square I’m closest to the Kedzie exit. Standing near me were three businessmen with luggage, who I assumed were headed to O’Hare. But they seemed to be enjoying an easy bantering with each other, and it’s possible they had come from Midway and the Orange Line and were transferring to get to a meeting I don’t know where, so I didn’t say anything.
Whether you have similar internal conflicts or not, what transit expertise can you share with Logan Square (or Western, California, Belmont) Blue Line riders or #56 Milwaukee or #76 Diversey (or other Logan Square bus routes) bus riders? How to get a seat during rush hour? How to identify your bus from afar? Please leave a comment with any tips and tricks.
Blue Line photo by reallyboring on Flickr.