We’ve all been through it. Be it out of necessity, cost, or convenience, almost everyone in the world has taken public transit at least once in their life. Many of us endure the long lines, hours-long commutes, horrid smells, and rude commuters every day. It’s all part of this ritual that we’ve been sucked into. Transit has even been given a big boost from poor college students in some cities. Nobody drives anymore; we all relied on transit (and the subsidized passes) for our college years, training us to slowly march like a herd of sheep to get to our low-paying jobs. We see the wolves (sometimes of Wall Street) trade in their jaws for new Mercedes and loud, flashy cars, fresh from the Midlife Crisis car dealership. But what do we poor, transit-taking peasants do if our beloved buses, trains, and subways stopped running? What if there was a complete transit shutdown? Here’s a guide on what to do when transit shuts down.
Step 1: Panic
You might as well be doing something useless like cutting a hole in a box. You (along with the hundreds of other people stuck at the train station/bus loop) are now screwed. Nobody can get to work. All the cabs are already being flagged down, and in any case, you probably don’t have enough for a cab fare. So unless you’re within walking distance, the most logical thing to do is panic. You don’t have to show it. Generally, the best thing to do is to panic on the inside while keeping a blank face on the outside. Just do your best to match everyone else. Blend in. There are hundreds of people, if not over a thousand, all in one small space. Don’t worry about the fact that you will be late for work, or that your boss will yell at you. Don’t worry that you might get fired, lose your job, and not be able to afford the latest Beyonce album because the rent is too damn high. A stampede would be a terrible idea, so just keep your mental breakdown to yourself.