The new kinder, gentler train announcements
At the same time the CTA debuted the Pink Line, it has rolled out brand new train car announcements aimed at teaching passengers to be more considerate of others.
Here are some of the new messages:
"Please be considerate when talking on the phone or listening to electronic devices so as not to disturb other passengers."
"Please keep your belongings off the seat next to you so others may sit down."
Straightforward. To the point.
"Soliciting and gambling are prohibited on CTA vehicles."
It's the first time I've heard gambling mentioned.
"Smoking, littering and eating are prohibited on CTA vehicles."
Ditto on eating being mentioned.
Mr. CTA Announcer Guy also has added cross streets in announcing some downtown station stops. So now it's "Chicago and State" and "Grand and State" instead of just Chicago and Grand. Does that mean the end of the best station stop announcement ever:
"This is Grand."