The Spreader

Today’s #peopleofpublictransport is the Spreader. He is invariably male. He sits on one of the sideways benches and spreads his knees as far apart as they will stretch.

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The Obstructor

Today’s #peopleofpublictransport is the Obstructor. The Obstructor is an aggressive territorial passenger, but unlike the Seat Monopolizer the Obstructor claims the walkway. Read More…

The Extreme Bus Driver

Today’s #peopleofpublictransport, just for a change, is a bus driver. The Extreme Bus Driver has two pedals, and by God he will be using one of them at all times – and heavily. Read More…

The Terrified Woman

The Terrified Woman sits near the back of the bus, as hard up against the window as it is possible to be without breaking the glass. She has her bag on her lap, clenched in a white knuckle two-handed death grip, and she sits absolutely motionless, apart from her eyes. Read More…

The Dedicated Employee

This morning’s #peopleofpublictransport is the Dedicated Employee. The Employee sits on the bus, laptop on knee, and pages of emails, notes, memoranda, and miscellanea spread out around the bench. Read More…

The Mama

Today’s Person is The Mama. She sits in her own section of the bus surrounded by her brood, a loud, feisty, sticky mass of children who squirm and shout and fight amongst themselves. Read More…

The Coinslot King

Good morning, #peopleofpublictransport fans! Today’s Person is The Coinslot King. The King can be of either gender.

It may or may not come as a surprise that upon entering the bus passengers are expected to pay for their passage. Typically one swipes a pass, a credit or debit card, or inserts a bill of sufficient value and scoops up the automatically dispensed change. The Coinslot King uses coins.  Read More…