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POLL: Should the MBTA Crack Down on 'Seat Hogs'?

Riders are calling out for other passengers to be penalized for taking up too much space.

A number of frustrated MBTA riders have recently urged Transit Police to take action against passengers who take up extra space on crowded trains and buses, according to a Boston Herald report Monday.

The main issue, according to disgruntled riders, is with passengers who take up an extra seat with a back pack, umbrella or other parcel. Unlike New York City, where "seat hogs" are fined $50 for taking up extra space, no such fee is enforced in Boston, according to the Boston Herald. 

But what if Transit Police did start cracking down on such passengers? Do you think those passengers should be fined? Let us know in today's poll and submit your thoughts in the comments section below.

Malcolm Hamilton March 14, 2012 at 07:57 PM
You can't enforce courtesy.
Avon Barksdale March 14, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Apparently, none of the auto manufacturers have received government bailouts. I'll have to look into that.
Colin P. Varga March 16, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Owning a car is usually not subsidized, but using one on anything other than a dirt road is. Also, car driver's benefit from public transportation. If every rider on a bus or train drove a car rush "hour" would probably start at 4:30am and end around 10am. The price of gas would probably be closer to $10 a gallon, more taxes for road repairs and the men needed to work around the clock 24/7/365, causing delays, etc. However, the good news would be insurance rates would probably go down because cars would be traveling below walking speed.
Tim March 18, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Just got off train and it was packed..if anyone was hogging a space someone without a seat would just say "excuse me" and start sitting down..worked great and I loved it. These hogs need to be embarrassed and made to put their crap on the overhead space or on the floor.
quasimodo March 18, 2012 at 09:48 PM
@Tim, Why so aggressive? Even "hogs" can be made to be reasonable. I've had the same experiences as Ms. Chasan, with NO exception. On several occasions, there was not even a backpack on the seat, just a crowded bench-seat with the "hog" spread out physically. The "excuse me" worked each time.


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