26 September 2023

Transport users called to practice etiquette

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Canberrans are being asked to brush up on their public transport etiquette in a city-wide reminder from Transport Canberra.

Issuing the reminder, Transport Canberra said it wanted all passengers and staff to have an enjoyable and safe experience while travelling on board its buses and light rail.

“We are reminding transport users to always be kind on board and brush up on transport etiquette,” the Directorate said.

“Together let’s ensure public transport is a place where everyone feels they belong,” it said.

“Transport etiquette means being considerate, polite and respectful on-board bus and light rail.”

The Transport Agency said being considerate meant giving up a seat when sitting in a marked priority seating area to someone who needed it; not disturbing other passengers with high volume noise; and moving away from the doors of crowded vehicles to ensure other passengers could board and exit freely.

“Be polite to the driver by offering a friendly wave and a thank you – this is always appreciated and can make your driver’s day,” it said.

“You may want to use ‘please’, ‘thank you’, ‘may I’, ‘excuse me’, ‘I’m sorry’ when moving around the vehicles and passing other passengers – You never know what is happening in someone else’s day,” it said.

The Agency also asked Canberrans to be respectful to the individual circumstances of passengers with disabilities and not knowingly act in a way that agitated or provoked others.

“Be respectful to the authorised officer when they request to see your MyWay card or ticket – they are just doing their job,” it said.

Further information on transport etiquette can be accessed at this PS News link.

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