While the NYC subway system often feels like an unruly hellhole from another time in history, there are actually rules riders are supposed to follow. For real.
Of course, not many people follow said rules (or even know they exist), but if they did, imagine what a more pleasant riding experience we’d all have. An excerpt from the official MTA rule book:
– No person shall bring or carry onto a conveyance any liquid in an open container. Yes, this definitely includes your scalding hot Starbucks because that hole in the top qualifies it as an open container.
– No person on or in any facility or conveyance shall sleep or doze where such activity may be hazardous to such person or to others or may interfere with the operation of the Authority’s transit system or the comfort of its passengers. When you nod off every six seconds and your head falls on my shoulder, it interferes the sh*t out of me.
– No person on or in any facility or conveyance shall conduct himself or herself in any manner which may cause or tend to cause annoyance, alarm or inconvenience to a reasonable person or create a breach of the peace. Placing your hand uncomfortably close to mine on the overhead bar? Annoyance. Pretending no one heard you pass gas? Alarming. Leaning your entire body against the friggin’ pole? Inconvenience.
So before you squish yourself into an already overstuffed subway car or sit on my lap because your butt is too big to fit in the designated seat, remember these rules. Puh-lease!