New Subway Rules
December 5th, 2005

There have always been a lot of subway rules. Starting today, there are a few more. Violating them could result in a $100 fine and up to 10 days in jail.

Under the new rules, it is a violation to:
•Jump turnstiles even with a valid MetroCard
•Straddle a bicycle, wear in-line or roller skates, stand on a skateboard or scooter
•Move between subway car end doors — even when the train is stopped
•Place feet on subway, bus and platform bench seats
•Place bags on an empty seat when the train or bus is crowded

In his blog, David Boles remarks: “What is amazing is how some New Yorkers need to be threatened with fines and jail to temper their bad behavior”

Pensive Musings sees it differently: ” New York City is being slowly stripped of the quirks that once made it what it was.”

By on December 5, 2005, 9:35 am
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One Response to “New Subway Rules”

  1. Pensive Musings Says:
    December 5th, 2005 at 11:58 am

    It’s an interesting point that David Boles makes. I have never been a great believer that certain rules will necessarily modify behaviour; if anything, they might encourage people to break the rules. But yes, most of the rules are based on common sense. There are also rules like:

    do not lean on the door yet how many of us have just done that?

    step aside & let them out yet I come face to face, literally, with passengers at the 68th street-Hunter college/Times Square/96th Street stops (and countless others), who push me back in while I’m trying to get out.

    My point here is, there are many more ills in the transit system that need to be taken care of than fining me if I carry my regular coffee with milk in the morning.

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