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Priority Seating

In the past I have witnessed this and have now personally experienced it more than once…If you choose to seat yourself in the priority seating on public transit please be considerate.

I have gotten on the LRT with infant twice now only to see no open spots in the priority seats because others that shouldn’t be are sitting there. It’s one thing if you choose to sit there and give your seat up if necessary but each time this has happened each person either avoids eye contact or is too enthralled in their cellphone to move.

If you sit in the priority seating pay attention and be considerate!



36 Responses

  1. Jae Calipay Jae Calipay says:

    When I was 8 months pregnant, I got on a bus and nobody gave up their seat for me. My belly was very much obvious, and people just didn’t care. Common courtesy isn’t as common any more I guess…

  2. Some people have disabilities that aren’t visible to the eye! And could be using the seating legitimately.

  3. You have no idea if they should be there or not. Maybe they’re disabled and don’t put it on display. Don’t play the entitlement card because you’re with a child.

  4. Sorry but those seats should be for disabled and elderly ONLY my mother manages 4 kids on the bus all under the age of four.

  5. Getting up for someone else to sit down is a lost courtesy,growing up it was something that was done without even a second thought..It’s a sad truth that many don’t think of anyone but themselves these days.

  6. Erin Johnson Erin Johnson says:

    When my son was about 10 months old… clearly not walking, so we had a stroller. I got on and no one moved. I looked directly at the young guy and asked if he could move. He however, totally deserved to sit there as his pants covered his issue and I profusely apologized, so I turned to the other gentlemen, who had no apparent issues and had to ask him twice to just move from the window seat to the aisle seat. He glared at my stroller and me. Then a woman from two seats back yelled at the man, said “here have my seat if you are going to be a jerk. She needs to get her stroller in.”

    If I could go back I would say thank you and make sure to express my gratitude to her.

  7. Good news (maybe!!)….if you happen to be on the same bus with my daughter, she will raise hell and get the driver involved to get you your seat! You may want to hide under it, but it will be there for you!

  8. Sacha Mary Sacha Mary says:

    It’s ignorant that people don’t get up but you need to speak up for yourself. When I go on the train, if I notice someone getting on that needs a seat and they’re all filled with able-bodied people I speak up. A little public humiliation usually will get able-bodied people off the seats for those that really require it, like seniors, differently abled, or parents with young children.

  9. Shelley Lohr Shelley Lohr says:

    As someone who’s disabilities are not visable (partially blind and extreme balance issues and now knee issuse) I find it hard to sometimes to get seated because I dont bring a cane i avoid certine times on transit for just this reason. Common courtesy is not prevalent in today’s society

  10. You have a voice use it. People are assholes…. even with signs they don’t move till you tell em too…..

  11. Sara Collins Sara Collins says:

    Had this happen to myself for the first time last week. Got on the bus with my stroller with my youngest son inside and middle son walking beside me. The priority seating was packed with teenagers and none of them moved. Despite asking them nicely to move, I had to park my stroller in the middle of the aisle and hold onto my middle son so he wouldn’t fall over. Finally the bus driver stepped in and they moved.

  12. Nemi Rai Nemi Rai says:

    Did you try asking a person to move? I have headphones in, and I’m usually reading or studying. I’m not paying attention to who is getting on the train.

  13. Karen Marie Karen Marie says:

    I get what you’re saying & agree but please never assume everyone is able bodied. You come look at me & you wouldn’t think anything is wrong & that I’m able bodied but you would be wrong. I had a spinal cord injury last year that paralyzed & now I’m walking good to an extent but when I get off work, there’s times I’m struggling to get on the bus because my legs are so tired & lots of nerve pain so I tend to sit in those seats because it was a struggle just to get to the bus & I wouldn’t move for anyone
    Illnesses can be invisible so please don’t assume.

  14. I saw a young couple with a kid tell a guy to move, when he didn’t they yelled at him. I was mortified when the guy got up with a cane. He also had a right to sit there. Perhaps common sense and manners would be nice in this world.

  15. How about the young ones give up their seat for the elderly also. I don’t know how many times that I have seen an elderly person with a cane and no one gets up to offer the seat. Shame on all of them

  16. Sigrun Jones Sigrun Jones says:

    What is priority seating? I use the LRT a couple of times a year, but haven’t noticed any signage about it–that is not to say there aren’t any signs, just that I haven’t noticed them

  17. I used to get yelled at all the time because I used priority seating. Nobody could see my disability/deformity. I’d end up getting scared and getting up and standing even though I’m incapable of balancing.

  18. I had to ask a man to get up when I was 9 months pregnant

  19. I don’t even ride the bus much as I drive but I will say that all size of strollers are huge in an already cramped bus environment and frankly a fucking nuisance…. and unless they are able to be folded down, should not be allowed to be on a bus “locked in” at the front which consumes 2-3 seats on each side every time where 4-6 seniors or disabled visibly or not people could sit. I feel like strollers need to be able to be readily dismantled and those people and their kids should move towards the back. Instead of having all those steps up at the rear they should make all the buses single level and create a space for strollers there.

  20. Sheri Enger Sheri Enger says:

    Maybe you can’t see the disability so don’t judge and get entitled. Find a seat and be happy

  21. Not all disabilities are visible.

  22. Jim Sterling Jim Sterling says:

    I dunno, I feel priority seating is for disabled people, not parents with kids.. Its not my fault you decided to reproduce. Your crotch goblin doesn’t mean you get priority seating..

  23. Not all disabilities can be seen FYI. I had a few people on the bus gang up on me when I was experiencing an endo flare and was in a ton of pain when an older lady stepped on the bus. Try not to judge too quickly, sometimes there is more than meets the eye.

  24. Yvette Bacha Yvette Bacha says:

    Why don’t you just ask for a seat?

  25. I have to say it it’s not up to the bus driver or anyone else to teach kids bus etiquette it’s up to the parents. Soooooo if there are kids on the bus not giving up a seat its cause of them not being shown how it’s done. And as far as other adults they could possibly have a condition that is invisible. I think along with the ignorance by some there is just as much of a problem with entitlement.

  26. Tina Adam Tina Adam says:

    I was 9 months pregnant and got screamed at by a lady also visibly nine months pregnant. I physically removed my jacket(december) to show her my belly. Remember Some reasons are less noticeable.

  27. Fyi just because a person sitting in priority seating who does not look disabled doesn’t mean they aren’t do not prejudge

  28. How do you know those people shouldn’t be there? Not every disability is visible. Not every pregnancy shows…

  29. Lisa Fedirko Lisa Fedirko says:

    I’m not going to speak for everyone who chooses to sit there. But only to remind you some disabilities are invisible.

    I’m a mom. Been there with three kids under 4yrs and remember it well. I empathize.

  30. I just want to play devil’s advocate. Just because someone “looks young” or “is able bodied” doesnt mean they are. Maybe they have back problems or knee or hip problems do they not get to sit too?

    Sometimes physical ailments aren’t easily visible. Just a thought.

  31. Kip Chaput Kip Chaput says:

    Society is getting ignorant!!

  32. If you require priority seating just nicely ask them to move.

  33. I absolutely agree that it is just common courtesy for able body person to give up their seat for people with greater needs and there is a lack of that courtesy now days. I would like to remind you though that some disability may not be visible to you and that does mean they are disabled.

  34. Maja Black Maja Black says:

    I just look at them and say I need to sit, they always move. Kids are not taught bus etiquette. When the bus pulls up they crowd the doors, mainly because when loading into a school bus all those years no one was getting off first, they don’t realize

  35. I’ve seen some bus drivers tell people to move. And I’ve “told” teens to get out by saying, “Hey, help me pop up this seat so this lady can lock her stroller,”

  36. What frosts my cookies isn’t just priority seating only. It’s courtesy seating. If you are able bodied, move your butt for someone who isn’t. At least offer a seat. I will always do this if I can stand.

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