My (least) favorite subway lie

“There’s another train right behind us.”

That’s right, MTA — I’m on to you. I am completely convinced that this line, which subway conductors use every single time the train is packed and people are trying desperately to squeeze on, is utter bullshit. The few times I’ve ever taken their advice, I’ve had to wait at least another five minutes for the next train, sometimes longer. I strongly suspect MTA higher-ups teach conductors to use the line to avert a Tokyo-style crush whether or not there’s another train immediately following.

Any incidence of an actual train arriving following the use of this line is purely coincidental. Trust me. If you’ve got somewhere you need to be, just keep on squeezing. Don’t worry — other people will be gullible enough to fall for it.


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