Gleaming Red Line trains result from new CTA cleaning methods
A couple of weeks ago, I was leaving for work at about 6:15 am instead of 7:15. That was when I first noticed a sparkling clean Red Line train car. In fact, much like Deepkid, I thought the floors were wet:
But no! It turns out the floors really were super clean.
So I asked the CTA about whether it had changed its cleaning methods. Here's how a spokeswoman replied:
"Starting last month, CTA began testing new cleaning techniques for both buses and rail cars.
"Each rail car floor is stripped (gum and other residue scraped from floor and crevices), then cleaned with a general detergent and then sealed with a product that restores the color and shine to the floor, repels future stains and makes it easier to clean in the future.
"We started with the Red Line and when it is complete, will move on to other lines.
"In addition to the floor sealing project, CTA has expanded the deep cleaning project for rail cars -- cleaning the windows, chrome, doors, floors and all other surfaces.
"We're glad you've noticed!"
And we're glad you're doing it!
Now, please take me up on my suggestion that the CTA should more prominently post signs about CTA rules, such as "No Eating or Drinking" on trains and buses. Otherwise, it's more likely you'll just have sunflower seeds trashing an otherwise gleaming floor: