Give up seats to expectant moms: TransLink
Pregnant women should be show courtesy on transit, says TransLink. (PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)
An expectant mother is expressing shock at the attitude of those who refuse to budge as TransLink launches a new courtesy campaign.
Tania Llanos is eight months pregnant and takes the SkyTrain and bus every day. For most of the past year, she’s noticed women — doesn’t matter if they’re young or old — typically jump up to offer her a seat.
But when dealing with men, it’s an entirely different story.
“I regret that I opened my mouth,” she said.
“I did that once ... I pointed to the sign, it’s a reserved seat — but it’s only for seniors and people with disabilities. He said, ‘You and I have the same rights.’”
Llanos said she’s heard similar stories from friends and called for TransLink to add expectant women to the priority seating list.
“I’ve decided to do it not because of me anymore, but because of others that will come behind me. I know from my friends, all of them have suffered the same.”
TransLink said it’s put Llanos’ request into “consideration.” Buses are already equipped with decals that list the priority area seating for those with infant strollers.
“We have heard similar concerns on an occasional basis from other customers,” TransLink said.
“That’s why we’re expanding our existing priority seating area decal used on buses, identifying customers with infants, for our SkyTrains.”