I wanted to call attention to a comment posted to Train Stopping yesterday. I think this comment raises some interesting points:
As bad as the service is there must be some level of accountability by the riders. People take their time getting on and off the train. It is selfish and inconsiderate for riders to wait until the train stops in order to put on their jacket and grab their bag. Clearly, the service requires drastic improvement, but it is clear the there won't be immediate changes anytime soon. A huge problem on the trains I ride is the excessive amount of time each train spends at a given stop. That is seemingly indicative not only to the service but also the riders slowly moving off the train.I do believe that riders should try to enter and exit the train as quickly as possible. Especially during the evening commutes, when you know that the train is pulling into your station. Everyone wants to get home, so it does help if people do exit the train as efficiently as possible.
In terms of riders helping to improve the system, we should make sure that our fares are collected. Our fares are used to operate the train. When the fares aren't collected (resulting in a "free ride" if you're using a single ticket or multi-ticket system), we are causing the commuter rail's budget deficit to continue.
Also, one other way to make things "run" smoother. As much as we hate to part with our personal space (myself included), please be kind and either pick up your coat/belongings or stand up and let someone enter your set. The quicker we can get people settled, the more efficient the ride will be. I've got to believe that if people are seated faster, perhaps the conductors will be more apt to collect fares/tickets on those stops that are closer to the destination.
Please continue to share your feedback. I just want to make sure we all experience a better commute via the commuter rail.