Everyone's used to the old rules. No music without headphones, no pets out of carriers, no alcohol (that doesn't apply to riding to the Twilight Concert Series or Jazz games, right?) Maybe UTA needs an update on some overlooked rules---
It turns out there's a list of 36 things you're not allowed to do on any UTA bus or TRAX lines. A few more can't hurt.
1. No talking to anyone with headphones in.
People are constantly trying to strike up a conversation with someone wearing headphones, or even someone whose eyes are closed with headphones in. It's safe to say that if someone has headphones in, they probably don't want to talk to you about your political views, religion, or writing that you've conveniently laminated for everyone.
2. No distracting the bus driver so he drives past three stops before realizing someone pulled the cord a mile ago and finally pulls over.
Technically, this is already a rule. And it's really the fault of the bus driver as much as anyone else, but since they're the omnipotent beings who can stop me from getting on the bus, I blame the riders. There are a bunch of other people on the bus to talk to, leave the damn bus driver alone so he can do his job.
3. If the bus is practically empty, don't sit right next to the only other person.
Not only did this happen to me the other day (we were literally the only two people on the bus, besides the driver) but the guy who did it also decided to sit there picking his nose the whole ride. And didn't get out of the way when I exited the bus before him. Which leads me to my next rule...
4. When you're blocking someone's path to the door, move.
It's really not that hard to stand up for two seconds so someone doesn't have to climb over you, likely ending up with some body parts brushing, whether that's what you were going for or not.
I'm not a big fan of rules, but since some people are too oblivious to notice they're annoying everyone around them, maybe it's necessary to add these. Thanks, UTA.