We’re both heavy Calgary Transit users and I thought it would be nice to put together a list of 10 basic guidelines people can follow to make it better for everyone. And I get to vent, weeee!
In no particular order..
1. Let people get off the train before you get on
This is probably the easiest to understand but the one most people seem to have trouble with. When the doors open, simply step to the side and let the people, strollers and/or wheelchairs get off first. If you do this, there will actually be more room for you inside the train. Seriously. It’s not even logical to try and get on before. Stop doing it.
2. Have your pass/fare ready before the bus shows up
It’s really frustrating for other passengers when you’re standing in the door blocking people from boarding while you search through your bag or purse for your pass or fare, which you could have had ready and waiting. In addition bus drivers also have a schedule to keep.
Have it ready, board quickly, be awesome.
3. Escalator efficiency
Stand on the right, leave room for people to walk up the escalator on the left. This will allow traffic to keep moving, keep everyone happy, and you really don’t even have to do anything. Want to stand? Just do it on the right!
Also don’t stand at the top of the escalator having conversations or playing on your phone. Get out tha way!
4. Keep control of your kids while using Calgary Transit – please!
As a parent, we both understand how exhausting it can be taking children on public transit, especially fussy babies. While you might not be able to calm down a screamer, older kids certainly can be dealt with. Keep them from climbing things, kicking people, running around, etc. Some people really hate kids so it could lead to problems. Do your best!
5. Move right to the back
When getting on a bus, head to the back. Don’t stand right at the front blocking other people from getting on and moving to the back themselves. It can be a real safety issue if the there’s a crowd of people up at the front and the driver has to hit the brakes abruptly. Your teeth might smash into something. Remember that.
6. Seats are for people
Especially pregnant, elderly, or elderly pregnant people. Keep your groceries, backpacks, bags, purses, boxes on the floor or on your lap. It’s so incredibly rude to bogart a seat just because you don’t want someone sitting beside you. Don’t want to hang out with the public? Stay the hell off public transit. Also? Don’t sit in the aisle seat while blocking the window seat with nobody in it. Rage!
7. Priority seating
The seating at the front of buses, and beside doors on trains, have been set aside for people that very much should sit down while in a moving vehicle. When the Mrs was pregnant, she had to constantly ask people to move so she could sit down, and occasionally they wouldn’t. Have some decency and give up your seat to someone who needs it.
An elderly person or someone with a disability trumps a stroller, by the way. Furthermore you might not be able to SEE someone’s disability, so keep that in mind as well.
8. Get on last when you’re getting off in a few stops
If you’re only traveling a short distance, or between a few stops, wait to get on the bus or train last. You’ll be closest to the door to get off first, and won’t have to fight your way through a crowd.
9. If the train that pulls up isn’t yours, move out of the way
If you’re trying to catch a train downtown, both the Red (North/South) and Blue (East/West) line will show up at each of the stops. During rush hour this can be especially crowded and busy. If you see a train pulling up that isn’t yours, please make way for people that do need it.
10. Don’t swear around kids
We swear. We swear constantly. The Mrs swears like an oil and gas worker, even. You probably do too, which is fine! Just, when you’re around children on transit, please try to stick to words you’d only be able to say in a professional setting.
Calgary Transit List in Conclusion
This list is by no means exhaustive, there are other things you can do, such as putting deodorant on (especially in the summer!) or not leaning your whole damn body against the pole people need to hold on to, covering your mouth when coughing, etc, but I don’t expect miracles. One more thing.. don’t ever clip your fucking nails on public transit. So gross.
Calgary Transit has some tips on their website as well.
Calgary Transit Bus Sexing
Bonus! This is where you can check to see if the bus is male or female. This bus is male.