PATransit Tuesday: Meeting new friends
Slog reports on a study from Science Daily about sitting on a bus:
If one of two seats is occupied, you look for two seats that are free. Only when you can’t find two empty seats do you take a free seat next to a person. This is “the greatest unspoken rule of bus travel.” Here’s where the problem begins: When seats must be shared, the “seated passengers initiate a performance to strategically avoid anyone sitting next to them.”
The first part is certainly true, but very rarely do I see riders on PAT buses trying to block out other riders. Sure, I do see it every now and then, but most often, people are more than welcome to share the seats.
And besides, that’s how you can find new friends (or sometimes in my case, people who just want to hear themselves talk). But of course, I guess I would have to be awake to meet new friends.