i’m also an MTA rider. let me pass along this bit of common sense, so i don’t get taken out on the stairs again.
if you are trying to make a train that just arrived, and has people pouring out of it, and you want to torpedo down the stairs, PLEASE USE THE BANNISTER ON THE SIDE OF THE TRAIN. it will be easier for you to actually get on the train, and it will avoid destroying the bodies of people who actively take the far side of the stairs for use of the bannister.
why am i making this post? because on my way off the G today, going up the stairs on the wall side, some 6-foot-tall guy came plowing into me SO hard i had to put my hand up to his abdomen and use all the force i could to make him fucking stop so i didn’t fall backwards. now, my arm is killing me and my wrist is worse. (the amount of force pushed my wrist way too far backwards, i will feel this through sunday) so thanks to this dumb piece of shit, i get brand new nerve pains just as my workday ends and friday night begins.
and people fucking wonder why i’m terrified of the subway these days…
so i have a lot of issues with the subway these days, and it’s gotten to the point where i get a lot of anxiety about traveling at rush hours. people are really awful- i’ve asked to sit down when i really needed to and have been stared at, glared at and ignored. do you know how humiliating that is? like it isn’t bad enough that i have to ask for a seat… half the time i can’t even work up the guts to ask for exactly this reason.
anyway, one day on a crowded rush hour train someone got out of their seat to leave at a stop. i wasn’t close enough to ninja it, and i generally can’t ninja anything right now, but the woman sitting next to the space put her hand down immediately and got my attention and kept her hand there until i was able to get to the seat.
this happened weeks ago but it made such an impact that it still makes me feel really happy just thinking about it. she didn’t have to do anything, but she did.