I am guessing a number of readers here have ridden NY subways or a train in another city. I thought I might mention some differences/similarities I noticed between the SEPTA and MTA train experiences.
1. Philly train riders like to engage in stare-downs. NY subway riders try their best to NOT make eye contact.
2. Philly riders tend to move away from the sliding doors when they open to leave people on/off. NY train riders jam themselves on and off the trains, and you often have to slide yourself between people standing in the way.
3. Both train systems have the same amount of beggars going between train cars, but NY train riders have more elaborate stories as to why they are asking for money: "I just want to buy some lunchmeat and bread because I came to NY to be an actor but can't find any job at all and I don't want to starve. If it were you, you would want someone to give you some change. So please help me."
4. MTA trains have more crazy costume-wearing riders per train: man dressed as a bee, man spray painted entirely over in gold paint, man with Cabbage Patch dolls attached all over his body. You have to pretend not to notice somehow.
5. MTA subways used to have a lot of violence and robberies in the 70s and 80s that has since cooled somewhat. It seems SEPTA trains have seen an uptick in this behavior in the last ten years.
Anyone want to share anything they've noticed between Philly and another city train system?