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Friday fun poll: do you collect your tickets or passes?

If you like, you can skip to the end of this post to answer the collecting tickets poll. I’m currently on the way to Chicago still — this is a scheduled post!

Results from last poll: signalling to a driver that you don’t want their bus

Last week I asked whether you jump to an emptier seat even if you already had a seat on transit.

And wow, people were split on this one! Slightly more (52%) say they usually stay where they are, while 48 per cent said they move to the empty seat.

It might have been a tough choice since, as many people commented, the choice is often based on your immediate situation. Here’s Philip:

I think 2 things mater when jumping seats: 1) The person you are next to, 2) how long your trip ahead of you is.

If my trip ahdead of me is long, and on the Skytrain, I like to look out at the beautiful scenery, so I would jump to an open seat next to a window.

But if I’m on the bus, and the person next to me isn’t offending me somehow, I’ll stick with them. You never know who might come sit next to you when you move, and you would be stuck there.

Sitting next to someone quietly reading is better than sitting next to someone yelling in their phone or listening to really loud music.

Eugene Wong also decided based on seatmate and the comfort of others:

I usually don’t move unless the person next to me stinks, and/or I need more room. I also consider the other passengers who want that seat. I usually try to let somebody else have a chance at it.

After somebody else sits there, I slide in next to that person, and smile. Just kidding. :^D ;^P

And as always, you can find everyone’s full comments at the original post!

This week’s poll: do you collect your tickets or passes?

Thanks to Dan B for suggesting this poll idea!

Personally I always collected my bus passes, but not tickets!


  • By CJ Stebbing, June 12, 2009 @ 8:35 pm

    I keep my passes only and not the tickets. The passes are tax deductible at the end of the year. I would still keep them though even if their isn’t a tax credit because I always like the picture printed on them.

    Hey jhen, could I be on one of the cards? That would be fun saying to ppl that buy them; “hehe. That’s me.” Lol

  • By ;-), June 12, 2009 @ 8:52 pm

    Like CJ, I kept most of mine. Until the Conservative government made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.

  • By Steven, June 12, 2009 @ 10:51 pm

    I collect them because I am too lazy to take the old ones out of my wallet! Tax deductions?!! Now I am pleased I kept them, my laziness has paid off.

  • By ;-), June 13, 2009 @ 6:23 am

    Unless you haven’t been filing your taxes, I believe you can only redeem the passes for that taxation year.

    You might want to double check with your accountant.

  • By CJ Stebbing, June 13, 2009 @ 9:07 am

    @ steven:

    Its only the MONTHY PASSES (or 28 day passes for WCE users! U can’t redeem the ones that u get out if the machines. Its some rule on the tax credit thing from what I can remember.

    But so long as u keep your monthly passes (28 day for WCE) at the end of the year, then u can redeem it on ur taxes. :p

    It might alsp be on the canada gov’t wedsite if u look for it. Hope this helps :)

  • By David Arthur, June 13, 2009 @ 11:16 am

    I find they make nice bookmarks – at the moment, I’m using several Vancouver passes, a Toronto transfer, and a pair of Swedish railway tickets for this purpose.

  • By Steven, June 14, 2009 @ 9:55 am

    Thanks for the advice, I will check with our accountant.

  • By Nimo_, June 16, 2009 @ 11:24 am

    My two cents.
    Here in Mendoza, Argentina, we have an integrated payment system. We use RFID plastic cards, which give us a ticket every time we pay. It sounds me weird you can use your ticket and passes to get tax deductions, since that never happened in my country.
    BTW: At Mendoza, a trip on a bus or on a trolley costs about USD 0.40 (about Can$ 0.45 to 0.50)
    I don’t know if we can post images here, but this is the link to a RedBus machine (this is now installed and working in your old Flyers)
    In the picture you can see a RedBus machine installed on a bus (gas engine).

    See you!

  • By Dora, June 16, 2009 @ 7:01 pm

    These days I collect my passes for the tax deduction, but for a while when I was in high school/university I’d just randomly keep my transfers or passes. Sometimes I’d use a transfer as a bookmark for a while, but usually I’d just take my transfer (the old newsprint tear-off ones), folded into a little packet so I could stick it in the corner of my pocket, and put it in a box…by the time I moved out from my parents’ house and finally got rid of them, I had the equivalent of a shoebox full of folded-up transfers from high school and summers, and two years of monthly passes from university before the UPass program started at UBC.

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