“Courtesy Counts” Campaign Comes to Buses

Familiar to subway riders, those little green and red people have been summoned into service once more, this time they are using their skills to remind bus customers of behaviors that can make the riding experience a lot more pleasant.  Let’s face it, even our biggest articulated buses have only a limited amount of space, but following some rules of common courtesy will improve the ride for everyone.

Citywide, bus ridership exceeds 2.5 million customers a day and following some rules of courtesy can make the ride faster and more comfortable.  Following the theme of “Courtesy Counts -- Others will thank you,” the courtesy campaign for buses addresses the issues of litter, backpacks, door-blocking and wheelchair securement seats among others.

“This campaign is similar to the one we developed for subways and the focus is the same – gentle reminders of behaviors that can ensure a faster and more pleasant ride for everyone,” noted Paul Fleuranges, MTA Senior Director of Corporate Communications.

A series of placards will begin appearing inside of all 4,600 local buses this week.  Much like the subway campaign, they will illustrate gentle and firm reminders using the now familiar red and green characters engaged in behaviors that enhance the riding experience and others that do not. 

The red characters are shown doing things that shouldn’t be done aboard a bus while the green characters are acting in a commendable manner.  The messages, which will also be tailored for the MTA’s commuter railroads in the near future, serve to remind our 8.6 million daily customers that demonstrating a personal consistent commitment to courtesy pays off for everyone.

The bus campaign includes:


Don’t Crowd The                                                                  

Front Of The Bus

Move to the rear.

Make room, please.

You’ll help speed up

service for everyone.     


Keep Your Feet

Off The Seat

And, off the armrests too,

please. Let's be courteous

and sanitary.


Keep The Doors Clear                                                          

So Others Can Exit

Bottom line, blocking doors

slows the bus and delays you

from getting where you’re going.


Keep The

Sound Down

Keep the music, games

and the phone conversation

to yourself please. Let’s keep

personal devices personal.



No Eating, Drinking

We’d sincerely appreciate it—

and so would others around you,

including the next person who takes that seat.


Stay Tuned Into

Your Surroundings

People get on the bus.

People get off the bus.

Don’t block the flow.