The CTA Insider dishes the dirt
Here's the CTA Insider's views on dirty trains and buses.
Oh yeah, the CTA is dirty!
The trains, buses and platforms are now picnic venues. I see it every day all day. From95th Street ... well the whole of the Red line has been referred to as the Dirty Red by employees for years. It comes from one source...people.
There was a small brochure put out a couple years ago giving the numbers of rail stations and the amount of people riding the trains on an average day. After doing the math it looked to me as though the average was 2000 people in an eight hour shift for our personnel to deal with all the stations, and there are usually 2 shifts at the stations an AM and PM.
The CTA cut back in station maintenance and car cleaners for the last 3 years as happens whenever you hear about budget problems these departments get cut first. Well not cut per-say but as people leave for whatever reason they are not replaced for months and the jobs are stretched to make up for this. So in the Loop on the elevated you have two janitors for the entire AM or PM shift. That equals out to 4 stations per man and it is the same in the subway and it is like that system wide.
The car cleaners are to make their way through the train as it is getting ready to go back into service, picking up as they go -- and we are talking about 5 mins sometimes so some things are going to be missed.
They too are down in manpower and it shows so having raving supervisors is not going to make anyone work better if they are doing the work of 2 people or more. That is not to excuse someone from not doing their job but come on people if you have a problem with a rolling bottle on a train pick it up and dispose of it in its proper place.
It shouldn't be about, "it's not my job, I don't get paid to do some one else's job!" If you have a problem act on it and solve your problem. We as employees see enough during our day to realize that we can only be in one place at one time and I see them everywhere doing their jobs some not as I would do it but I also see a lot that passengers do things that I wouldn't dream of doing, employee or not.
After all it's a PUBLIC service not an office that so many of you work in a classroom and cannot be controlled the same way. There are A LOT of people that feel that 2 bucks or $2.25 buys them a foot rest, a bathroom, a sleeper car, a picnic table or any thing else that they want. But truly it doesn't even buy you a seat it buys you a ride.
So please continue to ride and hopefully we can make it better for you, but remember there are ways you can make it better for yourself and others. Speak up, pick up and we'll do the same and before you know it WE all can have what we want when we leave work, a quick clean ride home to our families...or a punch in the face from the guy eating the giant sub or the chick eating the 10 wing special. Ha Ha sorry couldn't hold the corporate line there.