In her book Seen Reading, author Julie Wilson says, “Public transit situates us so that we are given license to accept what’s right in front of us, but will likely arouse our desire to compare our narrative to someone else’s, to give ourselves permission to speculate upon a person’s private space, or life, with no fear of recourse or punishment.” As an experiment, leave the paper in your brief case, unplug from your smartphone and pay attention. You’ll be surprised what you might learn. As we see it, here are 15 life lessons on the advantages of public transportation.