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Humor--Who Needs Olympics? Transit Riders Have Their Own "Games"

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As gas prices rise, some are becoming "strap hangers." Others don't have a car to begin with. ("It's cruel to keep a car in the city," says one of my friends, as said about dogs.

So as the shutdowns end and people start their life again, the commuter train "games" are starting again.

Getting to the Platform

When a train is approaching and you need to add money to your fare card fast, people who've never used the fare card machines decide it's time to learn--now. Behind them are people with borderline obsessive compulsive disorder depositing a decade's worth of nickels one at a time.

If the train is approaching and no one is at the fare card machines, it's because they are out of order. Too many nickels.

If you are using cash, the fare machine will reject your dollar bill for no apparent reason. After the train leaves (without you) it will accept your dollar bill for no apparent reason. Welcome to public transit.

If the fare machines work fine, a crowd that just got off the train will mass and swell the turnstiles and you'll still miss your train.

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Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative public health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by Random (more...)
 

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