Monday, June 17, 2013

Teaching tram etiquette

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It has been almost two years since Jerusalem's new trams began running.
Our light rail is the first in Israel.


Strange that only now the company decided we needed a campaign to teach tram riders how to get in and out without pushing and shoving.
Now you see their signs everywhere--on illuminated billboards,


and on the sliding doors of the tram.


They even hired people to pass out thousands of pamphlets (along with a bonbon).
The message is  that first you let passengers get out of the tram and they you can get on.
Pretty basic, eh?
But what is missing in the picture of the three people  are the  247 others who are crammed into each of the two cars of the train.


Can you believe??  They even painted arrows and lines on the ground for us at ALL of the stations next to where the tram comes to a stop.

Now  if they could just teach their drivers not to close doors on people.
Of course we all rush in, otherwise we often get squished by the strong doors closing after a few seconds, or, we get left behind to wait another eight or so minutes for the next tram (which is also too crowded).
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(This post goes to Our World Tuesday , Signs, Signs,  and Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.)
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16 comments:

Gary said...

I think that's common to the whole world!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sara said...

I think I'd walk, but maybe it's too far.

Fun60 said...

It's good to know that it's the same the world over.

Nadege said...

That is funny a post but how wonderful to have a tram system!

Hels said...

I come from a tram city (Melbourne) and know all about tram etiquette. As do most European cities that still have their tram systems in place. Israelis have to learn from the beginning, so well done!!!

But I remember being miffed by people pushing and shoving on buses, the first time I lived in Israel in 1966. The rudeness was excused because the state was still young and the state needed to worry about security, not etiquette.

cieldequimper said...

I'm simply amazed that this would be necessary anywhere. We have them on buses but then this is France...

Stewart M said...

I'm another Melbourne visitor and I hate to say that this campaign may be needed here now!

Having said that, I still get to work with few headaches!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

toby said...

Oh, I haven't seen those posters yet, thanks for the heads up! I will definitely check them out. The characters are kind of adorable :)

Lesley said...

Oh dear. We used to have reminders every time the subway doors opened (I haven't ridden in them lately) to let the people off the train before getting on. After 50+ years things are still the same!

VP said...

A song of the Eagles comes to mind: Wasted Time, and it would be the same here...

Hilda said...

We have the same arrows on the floor of our light rail stations. I think we also need your posters.

sometimesthatsallyouget said...

The trams are a wonderful convenience. Such a shame that the drivers aren't a bit more patient with the number of persons riding. It would definitely help the etiquette issue.

~Lindy

Pat said...

Of course it makes common sense to let the riders off FIRST before boarding the tram, but there will always be a few rude people who push their way through to get on the train first. Wish there was a train monitor who makes these people go to the back of the line! :)

RedPat said...

People are the same everywhere - always in a hurry!

Kay said...

That's great that people are using the trains. In Hawaii they're worried that people will still insist on using their cars.

Tanya Breese said...

cute illustrations!