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Taking public transportation for the most part is a downer: it’s smelly, crowded, takes too long and you have to deal with all sorts of characters. But, what makes any situation a little more pleasant? Flirting! And it’s not off limits on a bus/train/subway/trolley you name it. You just have to know how to do it so you don’t creep anybody out, or ruin the ride.
Hide Your Wallet, Hide Your Kindle: 11 People You’ll Find On Public Transportation (And A Few To Avoid At All Costs)
Ah, the every day rat race. If it isn’t bad enough to have to pull yourself out of bed to get to work, it might be worse when you have to hop on public transportation and deal with funk, funky attitudes, sweaty and confined spaces and suspicious looking characters all around. But for anybody who rides these forms of transportation on a regular basis, it’s nothing new. For those that don’t, be warned. Here are just a few people you will probably see acting a fool on public transportation, and chances are, they might end up sitting right. Next. To. You.
Nothing amuses me more on public transportation then the individual, headphones in and music player on, busting a move while standing in front of one of the exit doors. Maybe they’re part of a dance troupe, maybe they’re a choreographer for a living, but the person pop locking and sliding like Usher in 1997 during his My Way days and then abruptly stopping when the doors open keep everybody entertained on the low. I don’t know what they’re listening to, but they need to start asking for donations with all the side eyes and confused faces they receive.
Serious Question: So…Who Should Give Up Their Seat On Public Transportation For The Elderly And Pregnant?
If there’s one thing that unites all people, it’s that when we need to get from Point A to Point B (and occasionally point c) we have to seek out ways of transportation. If you have your own transportation, or live in a neighborhood that you can walk to your destination, then you are very lucky. But if you have to take public transportation you’re just as lucky. Not only are you saving the environment with mass carpooling, but when else can you get people from so many different walks of life and see some of the most bizarre things you will ever witness?
Personally, I’ve witnessed a conversation of old men on the Greyhound debating which of their former prisons were the best, and then begin to threaten to stab each other. How about the guy who, when I was in college, would take advantage of crowded buses to grope the women and sing “Falsetto” in our ears… creepy. Or the guy who was rolling a blunt on the train, and then whenever people started looking started brandishing a knife and mouthing obscenities at people. You can’t get these types of stories while you’re driving in your safe car!
Some stories are crazy, and others you really just need to see to believe. Therefore, I’m going to share six tales of craziness that happened on public transportation, courtesy of the posters of YouTube and one vid from Worldstarhiphop. If I missed something, let me know. Hope you enjoy the clips, and if you’re playing the clips at work, beware, because some people like to let the expletives fly!!
In your everyday moving and shaking, how many times do you see people do things they should know better not to do? If you were to tap them on the shoulder and say “COVER YOUR MOUTH” or “STOP SCRATCHING YOUR PRIVATES IN PUBLIC!” you would probably look uber bitchy, so instead, you just put your head down and give them a shake of it. We can all behave a little ratchet from time to time when it comes to having good manners, but on this list are just a few manners people are lacking that personally drive me up the wall. Whether they are happening to me or people around me, I can’t go for it, and you might catch me giving you the death face if you do these things and I’m around. Feel free to chime in below with the things you can’t stand.
(Wall Street Journal) — Commuters in New York City and on Long Island can take trains to work Monday morning. Those in the northern suburbs and New Jersey, by and large, cannot. Subway service had resumed across the system by 6 a.m., according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Trains will be less frequent and more crowded than on a normal Monday morning, but they will come, the agency said. The Staten Island Railway is also running. Subways were running better than the MTA had expected as late as Sunday night, a spokesman said. Trains were running to the Rockaways, the A and 7 were running express and the 6 was running express in the Bronx.
(AJC) — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced more than $4.8 million in grants for Georgia to fund projects ranging from a bike and pedestrian bridge in Atlanta to a highway project in Winder. LaHood said in a statement Wednesday that the projects will create jobs and improve the quality of life for residents.
(Chicago Tribune) — Conditions are ripe in Chicago to try launching the first true bus rapid transit system in the U.S., according to advocates who will unveil their blueprint Wednesday. The proposal being introduced by theMetropolitan Planning Council calls for starting with a network of 10 CTA bus rapid transit routes covering about 95 miles of mostly bus-only lanes, with buses making stops every half mile at special stations where passenger prepay their fares just like at rail stations. The service is aimed at producing major travel time savings by doubling average speeds compared to regular buses stuck in traffic, as well as connecting with nearby CTA and Metra rail stations.
(NPR) — Authorities in San Francisco had to shut down several city subway stations Monday after demonstrators tried to stop a train from leaving a downtown station. The protesters were upset that the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency last week shut down cellphone access in the subway to prevent a protest. BART police have been the target of protests over alleged brutality. Most recently, two BART officers shot Charles Hill, a transient man they said threatened them with a knife. That shooting is one of the reasons that Jevon Cochran has come to this and other protests. “They could have detained him in a non-lethal fashion but they chose to shoot and kill him,” Cochran says. On July 11 protester who agree with Cochran stormed a BART station and tried to stop a train from leaving. When transit authorities heard there was another protest scheduled last week, they cut off cellphone service in the subway to interfere with the organizers.