By Jennifer Pacini
787,000 people ride the Metro daily. During our trip we have learned some very helpful tips on how to ride the Metro successfully.
Before you even arrive at the station
1. Figure out how you are paying for your trip.
It may take up to a day for you to have usable money on your Smart-trip card ! Or it may never come so have a backup plan in case problems arise.
2. Do you know where you are going?
Have a general idea of where you need to go. This will save you time and will help you look like a local. Plus, does anyone really know how to fold up those maps??
At the station
3. Make sure you have enough money to get to your destination.
Depending on how far you go the amount will differ. Check to see how much it cost to get from your point A to point B and plan accordingly!
4. When approaching the turnstiles, go to one with a GREEN ARROW.
5. DO NOT SCAN YOUR SMART TRIP CARD UNTIL THE TURNSTILE IS CLEAR AND THE LOCKS ARE DOWN.
If you do not wait it will beep at you. This will not only embarrass you it will make the others waiting behind you VERY angry.
When getting on the Train.
6. Make your decision to get on or not quickly and with confidence; move to the center of the car.
7. DO NOT hold the doors open to insure your friends get on.
This does not only put you in danger but it will also make the conductor upset. If this rule is broken the conductor may or may not remind the passengers of this rule for the next 5 stops. Remember there are 8 cars and each car has 3 different doors.
8. IF YOU ARE SHORT try and find a seat or hang on to one of the bars that go from the top of the Metro to the bottom. The bar that runs across the top is difficulty to reach for some and no one wants to run into random people when the train makes an unexpected turn or a hard stop.
Finally, LEAVE PLENTY OF TIME in case of delays.
Have a safe ride!