In New York we waited for the doors to open to the left and right of the opening. When we got on, we generally moved in to the middle of the car. If it was crowded, we stepped off of the car to let those exiting get out, then got back on the car (very similar to being on an elevator). Sure, things were a bit hectic in the thick of rush hour, but in general people were pretty damned polite and traffic flowed.
Unfortunately, I’ve spent the past year living in DC. The rule of thumb here seems to be that one waits just to the inside of the opening doors, making those exiting have to leave through an opening narrower than the doors. And people on the inside (those not getting off at that stop) just stand there. Just…stand there. They leave it to the people getting on and off to find room to quickly squeeze by before the doors close on their head. And they pack into the area close to the doors, leaving lots of unused (but in many cases unreachable) space in the middle of the car. Ugh.
I think there are two factors that go farthest in creating this situation. First, there are the hoards of bovine tourists stumbling about unawares. Second, the layout of the cars themselves. The doors are a little narrower to begin with and the seats in the car make the aisle somewhat small. The tradition of maintaining the status quo keeps this ungodly situation perpetuated.
Has anyone in the DC / NYC area noticed the same difference?
What about other cities? How does Boston etiquette compare? London? Anyone else lived in two different subwayed cities and have any comments?
Once in a while you can get shown the light
in the strangest of places
if you look at it right…