Observation study-Public transport
Public transport is increasingly becoming popular in many parts of the globe. This has possibly been necessitated by the rising demand for greater efficiency during rush hours by the commuters. It is through this consideration that rail transport has turned out to be a favorite system for millions of people globally. Such has been the case in Japan where many people have given up road means for the railway transport. Even with millions of people using rail transport every day, their politeness during the rush hours is much higher than during the normal hours. DiscussionReduced delays and time precision Use of rail transport in Japan is considered to be one of the best systems due to its ability to keep time for the busy commuters.
The most important notion for the people in the early morning and evening rush hours is to get to their destinations within the correct time. With the long established guarantee of keeping time between the major towns of destination, most of the commuters are very polite. For those who commute longer distances like from Hirosaki to Tokyo everyday, they are guaranteed of sitting spaces trains are less overcrowded in the starting regions.Due to the large number of people available during the rush hours, the passengers indicated they were guaranteed of no delays. However, during the day, many commuters had to wait for longer hours before the trains could depart for their destinations causing great delays.
This was a major cause for confrontations between the commuters and the train attendants. Tolerance for overcrowding Over the years, rail commuters in Japan have appreciated the large numbers of the people that have to travel for long distances to and from the major cities daily.Though it would have been expected that general harshness would recur due to overcrowding, the reverse happens with most of them being highly tolerant of the small spaces they have to share during the travel period. With most of the commuters having been forced to give up their private means for the train, they are able to cognitively cope up with the huge crowds without being offended.
Most of the people were seen supporting each other to get into the train even when it was filled to the capacity to avoid being left.Though commuters in most of the normal hours do not face the problem of overcrowding, unexpected incidences of normal hours crowding strongly invokes their aggression. Commuters during the normal hours between Nagasaki and Matsuyama shifted their coaches from anger of unexpected overcrowding in their coaches. Provision of delay certificates Trains in the rail transport may occasionally cause delays due to unpredictable occurrences like mechanical failures.
In such instances, the train management offered delay certificates to the commuters which they used to explain their lateness for work.This added the confidence of the commuters to guarantee support for their work and reduces their conflicts with the management and other commuters. Offer of Delay certificates by the Fukuoka City Subway and Sapporo Subway trains has contributed to the soberness and understanding of the commuters’ confidence thereby reducing the levels of confrontation. However, no such certificates are offered during the normal hours and people are very hostile in cases of delay.Yukuhoma train normal hours delay invoked strong anger and confrontation between the train attendants and the passengers.
Cooperation with the train attendants Most of the rush hour passengers cooperated with the management at all levels of management. From the ticketing section, the passengers were in a hurry to get cleared and get into the train in most of the station. Inside the trains, the passengers easily followed the orders to squeeze and create more space for others in the already overcrowded train.Though it may be argued that they had gotten used to the system, cooperation increased the demand for greater efficiency to save time which is very essential during the rush hours.
However, their counterparts during the normal hours were seen in heated debates with the management and could not easily cooperate with the train attendants. Findings analysis From the above discussions, most of the passengers during the rush hours were seen to be tolerant with the management, other commuters, and the system during their journeys.Most of the passengers who use rail transport were motivated by its ability to keep time as opposed to other means during the rush hours. Therefore, they had developed the correct behavior where the motivating factor was getting to work in the morning at the correct time. Therefore, other factors like excess comfort sought by the normal hours passengers were considered to be secondary.
This notion was necessary in invoking their tolerance to others and the management even in strongly overcrowded cabins.However, their counterparts during the normal hours were driven by different motives like enjoyment in the coaches and therefore were less tolerant of others prompting their anger to the management and on board passengers. Psychologically, the rush hour passengers opted for the train from their understanding that the road system would not be effective. Therefore, they had to put up with all the inconveniences of the system including overcrowding and occasional delays whenever they occurred.
With the environment forming a major aspect in shaping the human behavior, it is clear that anger and aggression would not improve the situation and therefore they had to cope with high levels of overcrowding. During the normal working hours, most of the commuters had the option of using alternative systems as roads were clear and therefore lower levels of tolerance with overcrowding and other passengers. However, women felt more uncomfortable with high overcrowding due to pressure from the large numbers a notion which prompted many of them to act aggressively. ConclusionThe above discussion therefore supports the thesis in that passengers during the rush hours have assimilated the necessary behavior cognizant of their demands and the prevailing environments. During the normal working hours commuters’ behaviors are strongly driven by pleasurable principles as the rush hours commuters are driven by the reality principles.
Therefore, it is necessary to assimilate the necessary behavioral trait that is harmonic with the prevailing environment in order to achieve various objectives. Commuters should therefore understand the need for others to travel and reduce their levels of hostility.