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Transport Blog
13 December 2006
My first time: NJ Transit
Jackie D
Sign on New Jersey Transit

The (cheerful, polite, helpful) conductors on NJ Transit trains ask you to please watch the gap when departing. If you are, like me, somewhat easily amused, this is worth listening out for, as it will make you giggle on the inside every time.

Riding NJ Transit is a bit of a dream - warm, comfy, on time, and reasonably priced. The conductors wear proper train conductor hats with little brims and railroad buttons all over them. Passengers, in general, do not talk, which was an unexpected bonus. Indeed, a woman sitting two seats away from me had to make a call on her cell phone about a UPS delivery, and actually got up and moved in order to do so. “I don’t want to distract you from your book,” she said. When I protested that it was fine, she said, “No, it’s not fine.” This is probably less of a New Jersey Transit thing and more of a rare person with manners thing, but it was rather refreshing.


  1. “ it will make you giggle on the inside every time.”

    Some people are easily amused.

    Posted by Patrick Crozier on  13 December 2006 at 09:26 am

  2. Yep, as I said in my post…

    Posted by Jackie Danicki on  13 December 2006 at 09:33 am

  3. (I just think it’s strangely funny to hear someone say “Watch the gap” instead of “Mind the gap,” almost as if they are trying very hard not to say “Mind the gap,” which is correct and sounds so much better.)

    Posted by Jackie Danicki on  13 December 2006 at 09:35 am

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