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Public transportation seating layout with people seated in circles facing each other

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Feb 15, 2022
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In public transportation, arrange half of the seats in circles so that people face each other and the other half so that they face away from each other. Extroverts can socialize in the circular area while introverts can enjoy being left alone.
Why?
  • Make commuting more pleasant for people of different personalities/moods/preferences.
  • Meet new people while commuting.
  • More privacy for those that prefer it.
How it works
See the header image. Blue squares represent the seats.
The introvert area contains single seats with more space between them. They can swivel slightly. Adjecent seats could face away from each other or slightly towards each other if occupied by two friends. In the extrovert circular area, everyone faces towards the center.
Depending on the mood people can sit in the circle where chat with strangers is likely, or in the private area where nobody would bother them.
What could be done to encourage converation starters in the circular area?
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Floor stickers in the circular area to encourage people to start conversations

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Feb 15, 2022
Easily removable stickers that are updated regularly could contain quotes and memes about talking to strangers. Some examples:





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Assign train wagons based on sociability and interests

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Michaela D
Michaela D Feb 18, 2022
In trains, you can assign wagons in categories like: alone (and I like it quiet), families, people interested in talking. If the last one is popular you can subcategorize it based on interests: sports, politics, literature, science, etc...People will be more motivated to talk when they know the others around them like talking to, and even more so when they know they have common interests. This could be a great way for networking and even dating (for dating you can also have separate wagons!).
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 months ago
just like the "smoking area" in the old days. Now it would be "socializing area"☺️
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Michaela D
Michaela D3 months ago
Yes, start simple, I like it!
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Goran Radanovic
Goran Radanovic3 months ago
Sometimes you can be brushing someone's shoulder, and them listening to music will make you feel that they want to be left alone. I think cubicles could work. As an example, you could have a social cubicle and a smoking cubicle. I'd love to use public transportation that has a reading cubicle.
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J. Nikola
J. Nikola3 months ago
When I read the idea, I remembered trams in my town, where the seating arrangement was like shown in the picture.
Although I was facing strangers every day, for at least 1 hour a day, I have never spoken with a stranger (I am usually very social). On the other hand, I noticed that older people were the ones who talked with each other and I concluded it was because they were bored. They didn't use smartphones or listened to music, which made them bored and interested in the surroundings. Therefore, I am not sure the circular seating arrangement would engage people in socializing. Also, any means of transportation aim to use the space to fit the most passengers. Circular seating arrangements could present a waste of passenger space, leading to less efficient transportation. On the other hand, floor stickers are a great idea.
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J. Nikola
J. Nikola3 months ago
To continue this flow of thoughts, I realized one thing. Did you notice how smokers gather at one place and spontaneously start talking? I think it's also because they go outside to smoke, without the intention of using mobile phones. They just enjoy their cigarette and are completely open to spontaneous conversation. Do you agree? In that context, should we make transportation sort of a "chill time" for the passengers in order to engage them to socialize?
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Michaela D
Michaela D3 months ago
J. Nikola For smokers I think there is one more factor: "we belong in the same group". So they feel automatically closer to each other. It is the same feeling of having something in common when you find someone from your country when you are abroad. I wonder if we could use this in public transport or even in other sets up, as well. Let's say encourage people to make groups based on their interests. I agree with you that in public transport it is not the seating arrangement that discourages people from talking.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 months ago
Michaela D single seats facing slightly away from each other should discourage people from talking. If nothing else it's impolite to stick your nose into other people's business so there's no reason you would continuously twist your body to look at them. This makes it more difficult to start conversations
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