One of the more common gripes I often hear about Metro isn't directly related to Metro. Rather, it's a complaint about other Metro customers and their sometimes annoying or — let's face it — odd behavior.
Of course, it's hardly a complaint unique to Metro. Take, for example, Paris. As this great post in the Atlantic Cities notes, a recent survey of passengers on the Paris Metro reported seeing behavior that was either in direction violation of transit rules or was, at the best, unseemly and/or rude.
So the folks who run the Paris system have come up with an ad campaign that uses posters to urge their customers not to act like animals. Seriously. The above poster caption translates to “when it's at 86 decibels, it's no longer a secret.” In other words, don't squawk like a chicken.
The rest of the posters are in the Atlantic Cities post. Funny thing is that none of them deal with what I consider the most annoying behavior — the dreaded loud music from MP3 players, sometimes with headphones, sometimes not.
If you're curious about the L.A. Metro's code of conduct, here it is. Happy reading!