Let’s fix the Commute

Lots of people think about changing jobs because of their commute.  Maybe if, as commuters, we had a little more awareness, it would not be such a big deal.  After five years of public transit, here are my suggestions for improving everyone’s experience.

  • When you are leaving the house, you can choose aftershave, cologne, smelly hair product or mouthwash. You don’t need all four.
  • If you need to carry your life around in a rolling briefcase, don’t sashay.  Just walk in a straight line.
  • If it feels like you might be too close to someone, you probably are.  Back off or turn slightly to the side.
  • If you plan to wear high heeled boots  on your commute, practice at home first.  Falling down the stairs in a crowd is awkward and painful – in more ways than one.
  • Commuter trains move fast.  When you stake out your spot, check for a handle or something you can grab on to when the track bends.  This is not the time to be grabbing anybody’s anything in a crowd.
  • If you are lucky enough to get a seat (or you planned well enough to leave the office on time), look up before you depart to see if anyone needs a seat more than you.  You don’t have to give up your seat, but it would be nice if you took a look, just in case.
  • When you are walking in one direction and decide you want to go somewhere else, do a shoulder check.  Blindly walking diagonally through a crowd is tricky.  You’ll probably be fine but you may leave a trail of “near misses” behind you.

Be aware and be safe – that’s the best way forward for all of us.

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