10 Things You Should NOT Do On The Train

Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
It's pretty safe to say most people can't stand commuting. Whether it's sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic or delayed trains, an easygoing morning can quickly change into a rip-your-hair-out kind of situation in seconds. As if going to work wasn't bad enough.

And with S.F. recently being ranked as one of the worst cities in the U.S. for traffic, it makes sense that people want a painless way to get to the office and avoid any extra time behind the wheel. But there's a bit of a catch — there are a few key, unspoken (until now) public transit rules you should always follow in order to be a great commuter ever and not piss off fellow riders.

From cutting in line to bringing stinky food on board, you don’t want to get caught committing any of these commuting offenses. We're all in this together, guys.
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Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
Don't: Be That Person Who Not-So-Subtly Cuts

What's one thing we all learned in elementary school? No cuts, no buts, no coconuts, guys. And honestly, that sentiment still rings true in adult life. If you were waiting to get food at a restaurant or get your bags checked in at the airport, you wouldn’t swipe someone's spot in line, would you? No, because that's rude. Same goes for BART and MUNI. Wait your turn and we'll all get to where we're going, promise.
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Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
Don't: Stand On The Wrong Side Of The Escalator

Picture this: You’ve got minutes (maybe seconds if your alarm failed you) to get to work. It's a race against the clock. Hitting an obstacle, like someone firmly and obliviously planted on the left side of the escalator, will destroy your day. Don't be the kind of person who destroys people's days.
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Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
Don't: Expect People To Forgive You For Holding The Doors

There's nothing more annoying than seeing someone jam their briefcase or purse into closing doors to try to make the train. Nothing. We don't care if you're late for your first day at a new job or you're rushing to make the reservation you finally got at Rich Table. If you throw an extremity into the abyss, everyone (and we do mean everyone, conductor included) on the train will hate you.
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Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
Don't: Bring Smelly Food Along For The Ride

We get it — you're hungry and really need a snack. If you absolutely have to eat in an enclosed area, you should probably avoid anything with a distinct or outlandish scent. Or really, anything that has been cooked. Stick with Kind bars and we'll all be so much happier.
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Don't: Make US Listen To YOUR Jams

As much as you think we want to rock out to Taylor Swift en route, chances are, we don't. And for the record: the same thing goes if you're wearing headphones. There's nothing more annoying than standing next to someone and being able to make out every last word of "Shake It Off."
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Don't: Have Bad Hygiene Habits

Do we even have to go here? We all know trains and buses have a tendency to get pretty crowded during rush hour, so don't be super stinky. This goes for your breath, too. A mint can go a long way in the morning — especially when you're standing nose to nose with someone who's been chugging coffee for the past 48 hours.
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Don't: Perform Excessive PDA

We understand: When the mood strikes, it strikes. But think about the rest of us. The single. The recently dumped. The in-a-relationship-but-no-longer-making-out-in-public couples. Just don't.
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Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
Don't: Invade The Personal Space Of Others

Okay, how awkward is it when a stranger hovers over you, staring right along with you at your Instagram feed? Personal space can be hard to come by on public transportation, but that's not an invitation to creep. If possible, be aware and take two steps back (or as many as you can) to give everyone ample elbow room.
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Don't: Leave Garbage Or Other Litter Behind

Finding a pile of garbage on the last available seat can be a devastating blow. Especially when said garbage involves some kind of bodily fluid.
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Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
Don't: Take Up Priority Seating

There's a special place in hell for people who don't stand up for pregnant ladies or the elderly. But taking up that valuable space with your shopping bags, or even worse, your outstretched limbs?! It's completely unacceptable. It's almost as bad as standing in front of an open seat on a crowded train, which we can all agree is THE WORST.
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