Tagged With public transportation

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Giving up your seat on public transportation for someone who needs it should be a simple, easy gesture. And yet, almost all of us have seen an exhausted, heavily pregnant woman standing, ignored, in a train full of comfortably seated passengers; a not-at-all-pregnant woman humiliated by an unsolicited offer to sit; an elderly person forced to stay standing while struggling with heavy grocery bags... the list of cruel indignities goes on.

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Google is rolling out an update to its Maps app, giving it a refreshed visual style, more easily recognisable markers, and context-aware information. If you're prone to getting disoriented using public transit, or get frustrated searching for a petrol station during a road trip, the update makes it easier to know where you're going, what's around you, and where you'll end up if you've missed your station.

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Mechanical problems, a lack of funding, and inconsistent schedules can make public transport a nightmare. What's worse, on the off chance you're blessed with a seat, you're probably running into more manspreaders, people (guess what kind) who decide their self-confidence requires more seat than they paid for. If you're sick of it, there are a few ways to combat the problem with panache.