A Chris Bateman brings us these excellent vintage PSAs from the Toronto Transit Comission.
Bateman’s all for bringing them back, and I’m with him. Yes, we could get philosophical about the role of government or the merits of enforcing or reinforcing common courtesy and common sense—but let’s just be real: Would commuting be better if transit agencies were a little more old-school about prompting us to mind our manners? Surely. Surely these people*, these headphone-blaring, cell-phone-using, germ-spewing, old-lady’s-rightful-seat-occupying enemies to transit don’t mean to be lousy passengers; they just don’t know any better. So let’s educate! We’ll call the campaign, “Don’t Be That Guy” and poster the hell out of Powell Street station. I’ll write the copy. Who’s on artwork?
* Possibly I should include aggressive stair-climbers (GUILTY) and, uh, preachy bloggers.