Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mob Scene


Anyone that rides a Swiss train at rush hour (or on Sunday) can relate to this, oder?

In fact, the crowding on Swiss trains has gotten so crazy that the SBB is considering raising the price of tickets for people who commute during the rush hour. But the real problem, in my opinion, is that people getting on the train aren't letting the people that want to get off, off. What do you think?

12 comments:

Susan said...

People who won't let you near the doors to leave the train are high on my list of annoying folks that I jab with my elbow if necessary.

I would hate to see the cost of a ticket go up at rush hour; I think there must be a way to add a car. Or better yet, minimize the first-class seats. Is this a subtle way to get people to pay for a first-class pass? There always seems to be an abundance of empty seats there.

I should qualify that I don't commute, and it's not often that I'm training it during peak commuter times.

Kimberly said...

One thing I love about the Swiss public transport is its ease of ticket purchasing. I'd hate to see that screwed up with a rush hour "tax".

People who hog the doorway when you try to get out - ugh pet peeve. I just stop and look at the person in front, clearly blocking his/her way ON until I am let off. Ranks up there with failure to queue properly.

M'dame Jo said...

Susan > First-class coaches are full too at rush hours. And trains have been made longer already, but they can't be longer than the "shortest" train station...

I think the tickets should be significantly cheaper after 9 am so people who don't have to travel earlier won't. Encouraging rather than discouraging...

As for the people not letting you out, I've been more careful about this since I read you complaining about it and it's definitely the elderly who push to get in before people get out... One more reason to encourage them to travel later...

Chantal said...

As an American, I have always found the whole first/second class thing a bit strange. There'd be a whole lot more room for everyone if they did away with this.

It doesn't seem fair to punish the commuters, they are the SBB's biggest business.

M'dame Jo said...

If one considers that a train's only purpose is to take someone from point A to point B, yes, then the first class is absurd. I do like it though. Unfortunately, being unemployed right now I can't afford it (despite commuting daily to an occupation program), but when I had a real job and was spending 2hrs/day in the train, I paid my supplement, because I paid for the quieter coaches, more comfy seats and for being rested when I arrived. It wasn't just going from A to B, it was 25hours of my months that I choose to spend in a more favorable (to reading, resting, sleeping) environment. I don't know if that makes some sense, but that's why I like first class (and it won't go away).

First class, from a lack of room point and ecological of view, certainly makes even less sense on a plane... yet it exists.

M'dame Jo said...

One more thing just occurred to me... It may a a foolish comparison, but I'll try. (Most) Americans have longer car commutes and, in average, drive much more than Europeans. They also have bigger, more comfortable cars with A/C and cup holders. For me, as a European, it also seems absurd to have a giant car that wastes gas and has 12 cup holders when a small car can take you to the same place. That said, if I was car commuting 2hrs a day, I would probably choose my car with higher comfort and maybe less consideration for ecology (well, probably not, I'm swiss, but you see my point.)

It doesn't seem that different than choosing to travel first class for comfort. Does it seem reasonable?

mrschlosser said...

As someone who sometimes takes a train back home during the start of commuter "let's-all-get-back-home" time WITH a double stroller, getting out the door can definitely be a hassle. I start getting ready early, announce to my 4-year-old that our stop is next (thereby informing everyone else) and oddly (and thankfully) enough usually get offered help by those crowding the doors.

My pet peeve? The folks who sit in the areas that are ideal for strollers (handicapped sections, bike areas) when other seats are available.

Chantal said...

Jo-I agree huge American cars are wasteful. And who needs to drink 32 oz sodas? No one.

mrs-That would annoy the heck out of me too if I was pushing around a stroller.

Ah, public transportation. It's so, well, public.

Susan said...

Hello, just checking back here to see others' comments. Regarding those blocking doors: I was speaking of the people who are right in front of the door - in the train - waiting for their stop that is coming - and they serve as an obstacle for me getting out the door - not the folks outside waiting on the track. Did that come across wrong? Also, I make it a point not to elbow the elderly :-)

I have purchased an occasional first-class ticket because of the fatigue factor that comes from being squished like a sardine in 2nd class. But it's the exception.

9 Uhr passes are a beautiful thing - it'd be great if they could help with the crowding.

Chantal said...

Ah yes, the other obstacle--people so desperate to get off the squished train that they contribute to the chaos.

To those who can travel after 9, please do!

Diana said...

Is the "MOB" in that picture referring to the Montreux-Oberland Bahn"? I can't imagine that the swiss would use the word "mob" to mean crowd.

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