Train travel is a great opportunity to exercise, take in some of the sights and sounds of the United States, and experience some of America’s favorite foods.
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And how will you deal with food poisoning?
We asked some of our readers to share tips for staying healthy while travelling on a commuter train.
Train travel: The basics What’s the difference between commuter trains and the Metro?
The commuter trains are generally shorter, and generally faster than the trains running on the subway system.
They typically travel from New York to New Jersey or from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia.
They run at speeds of 30 mph or lower.
Most commuters board trains at the terminal, which is a little farther away than the platforms, so they’re able to take a bus.
But some commuter trains do not run at all.
A few do run along a track that extends to a stop at the next station, usually about a mile away.
The first stop at that station is usually the front gate.
The next stop is usually a bus station.
The final stop is generally the rear gate, which can be very busy.
Most train stations have benches or tables for commuters to sit and wait.
If you need help, call your local police station, but it’s probably best to go to a place that has benches and tables.
Some stations, like Philadelphia, have a sign that tells you when to board a train.
Some cities have special rules to allow the use of public transit for commuters on commuter trains.
The rules vary by city, but generally, commuters must show a MetroCard or Passport for the train to go through.
This is the only way to board the train.
You can also buy tickets online.
Most stations also have a small vending machine that you can buy your fare on.
For example, some stations sell snacks and coffee.
For a list of stations and their locations, check out this map.
When and how can I buy tickets?
You can buy tickets for a train from the station nearest to you.
For the closest station, you can ask the station to direct you to a vending machine.
Sometimes, you may have to ask a conductor.
If the conductor doesn’t have a card, you will have to buy your ticket from another person.
If a conductor has a Metro card, they will have a list at the station.
Some people prefer to buy their tickets from a vending machines because it makes it easier to find a ticket that way.
If not, ask the conductor to direct them to the nearest vending machine, and they will give you a list.
If your train is running late, ask a nearby train station for a delayed train.
Many stations have a stop along the way where you can wait for the next train.
They may even have a designated waiting area where you may wait for a ride home.
If there is a train waiting for you, the station will give away free rides to any passengers who pay.
What if I need to buy a snack or coffee?
You’ll have to pay the fare if you buy any food or beverages.
If food or drinks are purchased, they’ll be checked by the driver.
If they don’t meet your standards, you’ll be charged the full fare.
If that’s the case, you should leave your purchase to a station attendant.
If it’s too late, you might be able to buy snacks at the ticket counter or at a vending cart.
You should always take your time and ask questions to make sure the ticket you bought is valid.
For more tips, read the guide below.
What happens when a passenger needs help?
The safest place to ask for help is in a station, where you’ll have a good view of the situation.
Ask for help if you see a passenger in distress, or if they’re having trouble with the train, and don’t hesitate to ask to speak with the driver or a conductor on the platform.
If no one is available, you or the driver will be able call the police or the fire department.
If necessary, the police will escort you to safety.
If all else fails, the Metro may call an ambulance.
You’ll likely have to show a valid MetroCard to get the ride home, so ask your local bus station to give you an ID to get your ride home safely.
If I have questions about my ride, what to expect, or how to get home, you’re welcome to contact us.
For most passengers, a Metrocard is required to board trains.
Some Metro cards are also valid on bus routes.
What about a MetroPass?
If you have a Metro pass, you don’t have to carry it with you on the train or on a bus ride home — you can use it to board another train or bus.
A MetroPass is valid for up to seven days and can be used to board all Metro-