On my way home today during rush hour, trains were jam packed at Yonge and Bloor. As I stood in line to board the train, the elderly lady in front of me, old enough to be my grandmother, probably in her 80’s, also patiently waited to board the train. As we entered the train there was not a single seat empty even the priority seating was taken and people were standing, what seemed like on top of each other. The Elderly Woman didn’t make a fuss when she didn’t get a seat, however, I made a fuss. I tapped the Elderly Woman and loudly asked if she wanted a seat and people that were sitting around us just looked at me as I had just cussed them out. She quickly said no and stood until finally someone that was a few seats away gave up their seat to her. The Elderly Woman finally sat down after the train started moving.
TTC has done a great job at posting signs for priority seating, which I don’t think are needed. Giving up seats to people with disabilities, the elderly, and pregnant women is common sense, do we really need signs to remind us?
On a side note, I just don’t get why people can’t wait until everyone gets off the train before entering the train. I encounter this all the time at Yonge and Bloor.
Do you encounter any situations like this on your daily commute? What bothers you the most about taking public transit?