An unwritten rule for those waiting on crowded subway platforms to board crowded trains: stand off to the side, let the on-train riders get off, then make your way inside.
Trying to cram oneself through the doors as soon as the doors open can lead to human traffic jams and slow things down for everyone, most commuters know.
Fed up with people who ride the MBTA without following this bit of public transit good form?
Apparently, so is the T.
The has agency rolled out some new markings on subway platforms designed to teach commuters the right way to board, reports The Boston Globe.
Red and green arrows have appeared at the busy North Station to direct riders to stand in their proper places when the train arrives. They will be coming soon to State Street as part of a pilot program to increase efficiency on the T and speed up boarding times. They could become permanent and spread to more stations, according to The Globe.
This isn’t the first time the T has addressed subway faux pas.
Etiquette on the T has been a focus of the MBTA’s Transit Police department over the past few years, and its Twitter feed at this point is a silo of public transit no-nos, from the illegal to the discourteous to the bizarre.
In a recent example, the MBTA Transit Police tweeted a picture of a shoeless passenger lounging on two-and-a-quarter seats.
“#MBTA Etiquette: Let's just say, this is NOT your living room,” the department tweeted.