The front seats are supposed to be reserved for the physically handicapped and elderly, but too often I see younger people without physical impairments occupying them and oblivious to the elderly or anyone with a physical impairment who boards. I have had to ask a younger person sitting in the reserved front seating to give up his/her seat for an elderly person who was standing.

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Metro Rider over 3 years ago

True. I once had a broken foot, and I had a cast with crutches. I remember I had to ask a teenage girl sitting at the front if I could sit, and she proceeded to give me attitude about it

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Metro Rider over 3 years ago

Also, enforce honest sitting. Too many times I get on the bus during rush hour and I find people taking up double seats for their backpacks or purses, while the rest of us are standing. I also see people lying down on the side seats, taking up 3 or 4 seats. This needs to stop.

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Will Will over 3 years ago

Metro Rider, I get that too. I just give them an attitude back, and if they won't move, I sit on them!

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Will Will over 3 years ago

They should enable those front seats. Only in Austin where Jim Crow against the disabled is alive and well.

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Lin Kru over 3 years ago

Perhaps we need public transportation etiquette posters like the Queensland Rail etiquette posters. http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/queensland-rail-etiquette-posters

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Robin x over 3 years ago

I've had simmilar experiences. Because of my epilepsy (Invisible disability) I have a capital metro reduced fare ID card). It is illegal for me to drive in Texas becaise I have seizures. Doctors have asked me to sit in the front so paramedics can get to me quickly if I do have a seizure and that I not stand in case I do start having one. But occasionally. I too will get harassment from either other riders who want to 'continue sitting' because---or the driver who does not want to make them move. Or the driver wants to make me move for a 'person with disabilities---as if a concussion/cracked head is not a severe enough threat!! I am now paying fares which went up!! I WILL sit on the bus where I am allowed to sit. End of story.

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JohnMichael Vincent Cortez admin over 3 years ago

Capital Metro’s bus operators are required to ask passengers to relocate from the priority seating if a senior citizen or disabled person needs the seat, however the law does not allow the operator to “force” them to move. Additionally, not all disabilities are visually obvious and it is often difficult for operators to know when a passenger needs to use the priority seating. We are working on new signage for all buses reminding people what the priority seating is for and encouraging passengers to move if someone needs the priority seating. We expect the new signs to be installed this summer.

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Robin x over 3 years ago

It's bad enough we have to climb over people who want to chat with the driver standing up front--and don't take the empty seats in the back 'just becuase'. This is the ONLY transit agency where we're expected to put up with this to get to a seat!!

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