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Metro etiquette is just common sense

WITH 3 million people riding the city's Metro network daily, there's bound to be some rude or disorderly behavior. But fear not, metro station employees are working hard to introduce "subway etiquette" to commuters and point out some things that shouldn't be done.

Stuck in the middle

Some commuters are in such a hurry that they are willing to thrust their bags, hands or even body between closing carriage or safety doors.

"It is dangerous if somebody gets trapped between the two sets of doors," said Zhu Xiaoyan, an employee with Metro Line 8. "They can easily get hurt."

Metro staff and volunteers use loudspeakers to remind passengers to keep clear of closing doors although some commuters ignore the warnings, an employee at People's Square Station said.

Hurdle like Liu Xiang

Despite large posters portraying a man jumping over a turnstile with the slogan "Don't do that," employees said some people sneak through the entrance-exit gates without tickets.

"With more practice, they could be a hurdler in the Olympic Games like Liu Xiang," said one worker at Nanjing Road W. Station.

Metro officials also said some passengers crawl under the turnstiles to avoid paying the fare or because they lost their tickets.


Some passengers either do not realize or have chosen to ignore the fact that hand poles in carriages are intended for more than one person, some Metro workers told Shanghai Daily.

Workers said they frequently see commuters hugging or leaning against a pole, leaving no room for others to share it.

The practice is dangerous as passengers with nothing to hold can lose their balance and fall as the train moves.

In one case, a woman accused a teenager of scratching her dress when the girl lost her balance as she tried to find a spot to grab on the pole.

"The teen girl said, 'A pole on the train is for everyone, not just for an auntie to pole dance,'" according to a metro worker.


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