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Are there any SunRail riders who really get on your nerves?
We mean the kind of riders who take up more than one seat with their feet, packages, or widely spread legs; the litter bugs; the noisemakers; the drunks, and the slow pokes who take forever to get off the train?
CJ Smith has a nme for those thoughtless riders. She calls them "donkeys". Where CJ is from "donkey" is an insult. CJ lives in metropolitan Toronto where she rides the GO Transit commuter train and writes the www.thiscrazytrain.com blog about the jack asses she and her fellow rides have to cope with daily.
A couple of months back we exchanged emails with CJ who saw a photo of a SunRail platform and marveled at its pristine condition, compared to the situation on the crazy train in Toronto.
It's nice to read compliments about SunRail, but recently we've started noticing carelessly dropped chewing gum and other litter on a few SunRail trains and platforms. Other riders have complained about people smoking on platforms, drunks and other rude behavior by a few riders.
No offense, but we don't want SunRail to become to New York City subway or CJ's crazy train.
We want SunRail trains and stations to remain clean, comfortable, friendly and safe.
Each of us has the power to help maintain the SunRail trains and stations. Hate to admit it, though, but we've been guilty of hogging more than one seat when we placed our knapsack next to u. Next time we'll put it on the floor at our feet to leave more room for others to sit.
We also need to get prepared to get off the train way before we get to our destination station. It's also important to let passengers get off the train before trying to board. A liitle extra courtesy to let people get off first helps keep the train on schedule. Lost seconds become lost minutes and the next thing you know, the train is late.
If we see others engaged in rude behavior, don't put yourself at risk by confronting them, but we have a responsibility to report the disruptive behavior to the conductor or a station Ambassador.
Whatever you do, don't become a donkey.
And if you want a couple of chuckles, check out CJ's crazy train blog.
See you on The Rail.
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