To the right, no YOUR right…

Am I just imagining that getting on and off MARTA has lost all sign and semblance of order?

A few years ago, nearly everyone stayed to the right, whether going in the train doors or out of them, allowing people to enter and exit at the same time. Now, though, it’s become necessary to just about kickbox your way out of there. People waiting to board routinely plant themselves not just right in front of, but right in the MIDDLE of the train doors, sometimes two or three deep. You’re then treated to a bit of sighing and eye-rolling as you insist upon exiting the train through the doors rather than crawling through a hatch in the ceiling and then leaping down to the platform, as the door-crowders would apparently have you do.

These aren’t tourists, by the way. These are 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., lunchtime, weekend, and late-night riders. In other words, people who know better.

I always assumed that no one was paying attention to that recorded announcement about where and how to board the trains a few years ago. But, I remember almost never having people blocking the doors back then like they do now. Maybe it’s time time bring it back.

6 Comments so far

  1. Adam (unregistered) on May 20th, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

    They haven’t been any better on elevators the last few years either.

  2. Debbie (unregistered) on May 21st, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    Tamra, I really liked your blog today. In fact, I liked it so much I put it on the MARTA Facebook site that I manage. It was a good reminder that we need to be more polite to one another. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Tamra (tlt0912) on May 21st, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

    Hi, Debbie. Thanks!

    Adam – I had my foot in a cast-type thing for five weeks several years ago and had to use MARTA’s elevators. I have never and will never get in another one. Maybe they’re better now, but they were absolutely foul. They shouldn’t have to have someone watching every single elevator all day, every day to make sure people don’t act like babies or wild animals in there, but apparently that’s what it would take to keep them clean. So completely ridiculous.

    People don’t seem to be abiding by the “Stand to the right, walk to the left” rule on the escalators as well as they used to either. But I’m using different stations from the ones I used when I lived here before, so maybe it’s always been like this at those stations.

  4. stacy (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

    Great blog! I just wanted to add in that as a his operator I experience the same thing. I catch hell trying to exit my bus at any station so that I can make it to the restroom. I always have people blocking me and then they have the nerve to have an attitude because I’m trying to get off the bus I literally had to shove my way through the crowd just to get off the bus for a couple of minutes. This is really a SHAME!

  5. Shawn Reed (unregistered) on June 17th, 2010 @ 7:18 pm

    It’s not just MARTA. It’s an increasing lack of common courtesy across the board. Everyone is only concerned about themselves, and that selfishness can be seen in everything they do.

  6. Tamra (tlt0912) on June 18th, 2010 @ 7:56 pm

    I wonder if part of it is that people are more distracted by entertainment and communications devices than they used to be. Being in a sort of bubble, texting away with your iPod blasting, or talking on the phone and listening to the stereo in the car probably makes other people seem less real.

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