Today on the New York City subway and bus system, the following behavior violations will get you $100 file and 10 days in jail:

Jumping turnstiles even with a valid MetroCard

Straddling a bicycle

Wearing in-line or roller skates

Standing on a skateboard or scooter

Moving between subway car end doors when stopped or moving

Placing feet on subway, bus and platform bench seats  Putting bags on an empty seat when the train or bus is crowded

Drinking anything
What is amazing is how some New Yorkers need to be threatened with fines and jail to temper their bad behavior. All the bullet points on that list address common sense and common courtesy. It’s unfortunate so many people resist the notion of naturally doing the right thing to get along with other people.

16 Comments

  1. Hi!
    I guess we’ve been both singled out in the Gotham Gazette article or we might be the only two New Yorkers who blogged about the subway rules. In any case, I find it interesting that Jonathan Mandell seems to think we stand at opposite sides. I actually agree with what you say!
    😉

  2. Hi Pensive Musings!
    I love your blog!
    Thanks for the comment over here about how we’ve been linked and quoted “over there.” Any New Yorker with a soul and a spirit realizes these new rules are an imperative to get things back to a normal sense of stasis for the painful bus and subway rides.
    On the second trackback you see for my post — on Rollernews.com — one commenter over there named “Satan” there calls me a “fag” for my post and it’s funny that Rollernews.com basically snipped and pasted a portion of my post here as an entire post over there. Harr!

  3. Hi Pensive Musings!
    I love your blog!
    Thanks for the comment over here about how we’ve been linked and quoted “over there.” Any New Yorker with a soul and a spirit realizes these new rules are an imperative to get things back to a normal sense of stasis for the painful bus and subway rides.
    On the second trackback you see for my post — on Rollernews.com — one commenter over there named “Satan” there calls me a “fag” for my post and it’s funny that Rollernews.com basically snipped and pasted a portion of my post here as an entire post over there. Harr!

  4. Robin — No coffee allowed! That’s a good thing. I think you can have a bottle of water but nothing that could stain or be sticky. People were having feasts on subways. They’d sit down with a full McDonald’s meal and open it up and lay it all out on their lap like a banquet. It was disgusting and the smell was like rancid milk and it permeated you, your clothes and the entire subway car. There have been “Do Not Eat and Drink” signs in the subway for as long as I can remember. Now they’re finally choosing to enforce the signs!
    Dave — That’s the problem with living in small places. You get once-overed time and time again if you’re the least bit different or interesting and there’s no place to escape. I feel for your girlfriend at the time and I am happy to hear you just let it slide. That was the smart move. There’s always someone out there who doesn’t mind being uglier than they already are! 🙂

  5. Robin — No coffee allowed! That’s a good thing. I think you can have a bottle of water but nothing that could stain or be sticky. People were having feasts on subways. They’d sit down with a full McDonald’s meal and open it up and lay it all out on their lap like a banquet. It was disgusting and the smell was like rancid milk and it permeated you, your clothes and the entire subway car. There have been “Do Not Eat and Drink” signs in the subway for as long as I can remember. Now they’re finally choosing to enforce the signs!
    Dave — That’s the problem with living in small places. You get once-overed time and time again if you’re the least bit different or interesting and there’s no place to escape. I feel for your girlfriend at the time and I am happy to hear you just let it slide. That was the smart move. There’s always someone out there who doesn’t mind being uglier than they already are! 🙂