Why you shouldn't "self-evacuate" from a CTA train
An incident Saturday night provides more good reasons why you shouldn't "self-evacuate" from a stuck train -- that is, leave the train without instructions to do so from the operator.
Power was shut off on the Red Line from 13th to 27th streets on the South Side at about 9 pm after a potential "jumper" was observed on the CTA viaduct over Archer Avenue, the Tribune reports.
After about 45 minutes, the would-be jumper was removed from the track and the CTA was ready to restore power. However, by that time, passengers on the trains started "self-evacuating" and power could not be restored until the track area was cleared.
That took about another 75 minutes, and before it was all over, 16 people had to be hospitalized with complaints of shortness of breath, dizziness and the like.
A CTA spokeswoman says operators were told to open all doors and windows to help alleviate the stuffiness in trains without air conditioning. But apparently that wasn't enough for some passengers, and they exited the train cars, thus exacerbating a problem that was almost resolved.
Really, I do understand the desire to take matters into your own hands and just leave the train. But this was a case where doing so apparently only made matters worse.