MAINSTREET’S TIPS ON HOW TO COMMUTE WELL WITH OTHERS:
1. ALWAYS HAVE AN IPOD/CD PLAYER/NEWSPAPER/BOOK HANDY
Nothing passes time better than listening to your favorite band or reading the day’s news. But remember that expensive electronic devices may attract unwanted attention, so don’t flaunt that $300 iPod Touch.
2. BE COURTEOUS
Passengers don’t often take others into consideration, but if you do your ride will be a lot smoother. Don’t take up multiple seats or block the aisle. And, try to limit cell phone calls. Other riders are not interested in what you’re doing over the weekend.
3. KEEP TO YOURSELF
A nosey person will always ruin a good time, even if it’s a bus ride. Avoid reading over the shoulder of another passenger, staring at people or getting into altercations of any kind.
4. KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING
No one likes to be held up by a misinformed or clueless person, so map out your destination beforehand. Holding up the bus to ask the driver for help will only earn you dirty looks from other riders.
5. SIT CLOSE TO AN EXIT, IN CASE IT GETS PACKED
During rush hour, buses tend to fill up pretty quickly and the middle is the last place you want to be sitting or standing. Just make sure you’re near the front or rear exits because pushing through a wall of people is the last thing you want to do on a sweltering summer day.
And, last, but not least…
6. IGNORE THE CRAZY PEOPLE
Most of the time, you can put up with the guy talking to himself, but for those rare occasions when you can’t handle the insanity, just move.