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Old 02-24-2010, 11:29 AM
 
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I take the Harlem Line, but this probably applies in general to all MetroNorth riders. Why do some (most) of you insist on sitting on the aisle seats and blocking the empty window seats during rush hours? It's not like you are getting up to go to the bathroom during the ride, or that you are getting off at the first stop. Ok, maybe you are getting off at one of the earlier stops and you don't want to ask the person in the aisle seat to get up for you to exit. But in majority of the cases, it's turns out that's not true either.

So, why don't you just scoot over and make the seats more accessible to the other riders? Must you wait for someone to ask to sit down or to move your stuff off the window seat? It's almost like you are trying to hog both seats when you know it's the commuting hours and the trains are going to be packed.

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Old 02-24-2010, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Yorktown Heights NY
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My legs are long and I need the aisle room. If I sit by the window (and someone sits next to me) I've got nowhere to put the legs and I get really sore. I usually only sit in the three-seat seats--if those aren't available I'll usually stand.
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Old 02-24-2010, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Westchester County, NY
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Ironically when I used to commute to the City I preferred the window seats (I like looking out the window when we're above ground) and still sit by the window the occasional times I go to Manhattan and take Metro North.
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Harrison
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Isn't it obvious? They are trying to discourage you from sitting beside them! If I get onto a crowded train I'll probably take an open and empty seat first, rather than have to ask someone to move their stuff so I can sit down. Now, if that's the only seat around I'm not shy about asking, but I'm pretty sure the goal is to keep the seat "free" for their stuff.

That said, I always sit in a window seat if I have the choice.
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Old 02-26-2010, 03:41 PM
 
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I take great pleasure in making people like that move. Especially of they have their paper and briefcase spread out. The more annoyed they look, the more times I'll get up to go to the bathroom.
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Old 02-28-2010, 08:46 AM
 
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The walls appear very dirty on the metro north line (NH line) and I dont want to be pressed against them. I also have fairly long legs and its easier to be on the outside With that being said. I always sit in a three seater and try to make eye contact with other passenegers to see if they want to sit down. I also work in Law Enforcement so it has become habit to be able to see everything that is going on. People pay for their seat and they have the right to sit in the one that makes them more comfortable. There are no assigned seats.
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:59 AM
 
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Yes, if you have long legs and need to strech, then I can understand. But more often than not, as others have noted, people sit on the aisle seat to try to hog multiple seats.
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Old 03-28-2010, 02:56 PM
 
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I take the Harlem Line, but this probably applies in general to all MetroNorth riders. Why do some (most) of you insist on sitting on the aisle seats and blocking the empty window seats during rush hours? It's not like you are getting up to go to the bathroom during the ride, or that you are getting off at the first stop. Ok, maybe you are getting off at one of the earlier stops and you don't want to ask the person in the aisle seat to get up for you to exit. But in majority of the cases, it's turns out that's not true either.

So, why don't you just scoot over and make the seats more accessible to the other riders? Must you wait for someone to ask to sit down or to move your stuff off the window seat? It's almost like you are trying to hog both seats when you know it's the commuting hours and the trains are going to be packed.
because of selfishness, in general

of course, i'm sure there are others with justifiable excuses
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