Respect: Join the Movement
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 9:00 AM
Aretha Franklin said it best with her 1967 hit song “Respect.”
“All I’m asking is for a little respect…R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” sang the Queen of Soul.
Now METRO is asking riders in its public awareness campaign to also show a little respect to their fellow commuters. We’re encouraging you to respect your operator, respect the ride and respect yourself.
If you do a quick Internet search on “public manners on transit,” here’s what shows up: images of the “manspread” with a guy hogging a seat by sitting with his legs spread out. (“Dude, stop the spread, please. It’s a space issue,” reads a poster).
Or there’s an image of someone with her shoes on the seat. Or there’s “Disco Dog,” a large cartoonish dog on his hind feet playing really loud music. And there are pictures of someone on his cell phone, talking loudly.
In addition to avoiding all those behaviors, here are other pointers to keep in mind when riding public transportation:
· Let passengers exit first.
· Don’t block the doors.
· Don’t be a seat “hog” and pile your backpack and shopping bags on the seat next to you during peak hours.
· Speak softly to other commuters.