If the car smells bad, whether from a homeless person or a wet dog, move into the next car. It's that simple. If you are on the or during rush hour then you might not be able to do that, which is true. Then again, the vast majority of subways don't have an extreme homeless infestation (or at least the lines I ride).
The train is usually too crowded for showtime during rush hour. When I used to see it more often, it happened mostly during the middays and late afternoons.
It appears you are incredibly unlucky with riding subways if you always see a homeless person or a showtime person. Maybe you attract them somehow? Then again, maybe you're overreacting, which wouldn't exactly be new. I believe you once were super upset about somebody who looked shabby getting onto your express bus.
The ones who yell about Jesus or Messiah or whatever, I think those are hilarious. They usually don't bother anyone, and pretty much everybody ignores them.
Admittedly, I don't ride the and on a regular basis so I don't know too much about the situation there. To be honest those lines are much too crowded to be a comfortable ride. However, I will say that I rarely see homeless people on the on the weekends in Brooklyn. In any case, it's the weekend, so it's a non-issue to move to another car if there is one.
Honestly, rowdy schoolkids are more of an issue on the Brighton Line than homeless people, women claiming they are pregnant and asking for money, or self-declared preachers. The schoolkids can be really annoying, while the rest are just minor inconveniences that are easily ignored.
Edited by P3F, 13 October 2016 - 11:28 AM.