Page 1 news: The CTA is dirty!
Imagine that! The RedEye hires someone to determine whether the CTA is dirty and -- shocker of all shockers! -- the CTA IS DIRTY! And it's Page 1 news! Stop the presses!
I really just chuckled when I saw the hysterical headlines on both the Trib and the RedEye's front pages. Apparently the RedEye hired the company in hopes of finding if any of us commuters are leaving behind staph or E coli germs.
Well, no. Thank God.
But there's still enough bacteria to make us sick, and to warrant thorough hand washing after riding trains or buses. Well, duh!
The study, though conducted by a scientist, wasn't exactly scientific, since it was limited to two Red Line train cars, two Brown Line train cars and two buses on different routes.
To me, the funniest and most ironic finding was that the flocked seats themselves on El trains were found to be among the dirtiest spots.
So let that be a note of caution to all you folks who bend down and "brush off" the seat before sitting. You're just coming in contact with germs when you don't have to be.