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"Passengers, make your adjustments"; making a CTA getaway

Chicago newcomer Jake yesterday wondered about what happened to the "Tattler" part of CTA Tattler. Other longer-term readers correctly chimed in that I originally started writing this blog about things "seen and heard on the Chicago Transit Authority."

There's no question the focus of CTA Tattler has drifted more toward CTA news and analysis, plus a riders forum. But that doesn't mean I don't treasure harvesting some good old-fashioned "Tattler Tales." Take the other night, for instance.

"Passengers, make your adjustments"

Thus spoke the loquacious motorman on the Red Line north at Fullerton and at Belmont, urging passengers to quickly change trains.

But it just made me think of old women hiking up their garters and men adjusting their "package." And I was trying hard to get both thoughts out of my head.

The guy who "shut down" the Blue Line

And it could have been you on that icy platform. A rider tells his story about how he ran for the train door on the icy California Blue Line paltform, and ended up flat on his back. Concerned passengers on the train pulled doors open -- even a door on the side of the train away from the platform. That caused some major delays. Read his tale of woe at Doors Open on the Left, the LiveJournal community. (Hat tip to Bob.)

The slow getaway via CTA bus

Finally, did you see the Tribune story about the bank robber in Lincoln Square who made his getaway on a CTA bus? He didn't get very far.

Nope, that was not a joke. Cheers!

Comments

Thanks Kevin, I was missing the observations ("Seen and Heard on the CTA")! ;)

I saw a woman on the Blue Line yesterday morning between Belmont and the Loop talking to herself really loudly. It seemed like she was hallucinating.

[Concerned passengers on the train pulled doors open -- even a door on the side of the train away from the platform.]

This reminds me of a funny story. I was on the Red Line, and there was a guy sitting in the back of the car asleep. We got to Monroe, the doors opened, people got out. After the doors closed and as the train just started moving, the sleeping guy woke up with a start, and pulled the emergency door release.

Only problem is, he pulled the door release on the wrong side of the train. He stood there confused for a brief moment, looking at the subway wall, then ran to the other end of the car and pulled the door release ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE TRAIN. Finally, he turned around and exited on the platform side.

[I saw a woman on the Blue Line yesterday morning between Belmont and the Loop talking to herself really loudly. It seemed like she was hallucinating.]

This also reminds me of a ride home from Michigan Ave. on the 147. There was a younger dude sitting in the back row by himself, talking pretty much non-stop. Since he was actually carrying on a conversation, and I was seated sideways next to him and wasn't looking directly at him, I assumed at first the he was talking on the phone.

But I finally realized that he was talking to his reflection in the window. And furthermore, the gist of his conversation was how much he had in common with his reflection. Here's a sample, which I swear is true:

"What's your favorite grocery store? Aldi's! That's my favorite grocery store! You like what I like! What's your favorite neighborhood? Rogers Park! You like what I like!"

It went on like that the whole way, until I exited at Estes.

The robber should have used a Clark bus, since they won't be on the Tracker for a few more days.

And glad you could use the LJ story. In the Future (wavy lines), I'm sure this sort of thing will be pretty common because everyone documents their lives online now, but this was the first time I'd ever seen someone who actually caused the delay provide the story behind the story.

What's up with the Max Capacity trains. I generally try to avoid them but I have caught two this week... ~6:10 northbound from Fullerton or Belmont. In both cases, the number of riders standing was less than the number of seats that appear to have been removed. Yesterday, even with empty seats in the car, those standing remained standing.

My one wish with these MAX cars is that they would have kept the singles and removed the doubles. So few seats and to still have to climb over someone to sit or to exit!

Last fall I saw a kid on the Western bus with a shopping bag containing several puppies. They were very still until he got up to leave the bus and one of them popped its furry little head up. The lady sitting next to me screamed, "Holy shit, those are alive."

One time I was on the Red Line, and for some reason a pair of doors in the car were wide open while the train zipped down the track at full speed. A young man apparently found this tremendously exciting, because for several stops, he stood in the open doorway, gripping handholds on each side as he leaned out the doorway and screamed wordlessly at the top of his lungs. Eventually, he got off at a stop and walked away.

I was on the 22 headed north from hubbard and we picked up a older asian man in a white suit (sorta looked like an older tattoo from fantasy island), had big sunglasses on (it was 7 pm) and went on our way, soon he began laughing and talking to which I thought he was talking to the person across from him. Ten seconds later I realize he's telling dirty jokes to himself and laughing loudly, while also talking about 1970's politics. Couldn't catch much of it, but got words like nixon, ass, jimmy carter, and a few choice slang terms for the female figure, to which he laghed loudly, took off his glasses, wiped them, put them back on, and repeated the joke.

I love the CTA and its crazies.

Screaming out a wide open redline door while the train is moving doesn't sound like a smart move, but whatever floats your boat.

Are they still running the train cars with less seats during rush hour? Is there still a need now with the brown line running 8 cars?

By the way, I got to ride one of the new hybrid buses. I like them except the seats in the middle area are a little tight to walk through when people are sitting on both sides. I spoke to the bus driver and he said they are slow to get into the next gear between stops. I'm not sure if this is all of them, or just the one I rode.

[Last fall I saw a kid on the Western bus with a shopping bag containing several puppies. They were very still until he got up to leave the bus and one of them popped its furry little head up. The lady sitting next to me screamed, "Holy shit, those are alive."]

God, I would hope so. The idea of someone walking around with a bag of dead puppies seems infinitely more upsetting.

There were three separate occasions (all before the brown line platforms' reconstruction) in which I was on the first car of a loop-bound brown line train that overshot the platform at Southport and opened the first door of the train onto a 30 foot drop. Only on one of those occasions did the operator notice and, instead of backing the train up, left the operator's compartment and asked us all to stand clear of the one door and exit by the other.

The link to the Chicago Tribune story is broken, because it contains an extra "http://www."

A woman was talking loudly and profanely about her recent experience at a doctor's office or hospital on the Damen bus today. She was also flashing around a porn magazine and talking about how excited it was making her. How do the rest of you deal with this sort of situation? It seems like most people roll their eyes and hope the offensive person will exit the bus soon.

"CTA Tattler: Seen and Heard On and About the Chicago Transit Authority" would probably be more accurate.

Your Damen bus story reminds me of the "Of Mice and Men" vignette I witnessed on the Western Express last month. Two guys were traveling down to the Blue Line to get to the VA hospital for an AA meeting or some substance abuse group. They both seemed to be drunk/stoned at 7:30am. The one guy (George) seemed a little more together and was dispensing advice to the other guy (Lennie) who seemed much more out of it. He kept telling the entire bus, "I love this guy. He's my best friend." George kept telling him, "Don't you say that. You shut up." Lennie then got angry and said, "I'm really fuckin' tired of you telling me what to do all the time like you're so damn smart." George admonished him at the top of his lungs, "You better watch your fuckin' language." The irony of this statement made me and a few other passengers laugh out loud. After a few more exchanges with Lennie, George stormed off the bus at the next stop and we all went back to our newspapers, magazines and iPods since the entertainment was over.

"A woman was talking loudly and profanely about her recent experience at a doctor's office or hospital on the Damen bus today. She was also flashing around a porn magazine and talking about how excited it was making her. How do the rest of you deal with this sort of situation? It seems like most people roll their eyes and hope the offensive person will exit the bus soon."

I'd cop a look at the magazine... :)

"She was also flashing around a porn magazine and talking about how excited it was making her. How do the rest of you deal with this sort of situation? "

Hmmmmm...depends... is she hot?


And now, if you'll excuse me I'll be on my way to Hell...

But seriously folks, unless the person is WAAAY out of line and seriously harassing a specific single person (as opposing to badgering a group of people), most folks just wait it out. Occasionaly you get a person who responds but that usually eggs them on further. But if there is a crazy person badgering or bothering a single person (a young woman, a kid, an older woman, older man, etc.) I occasionally tell them to shut the fuck up and leave that person alone. Or even if that person is just yelling to no one in particular, they need a STFU every once in a while.

Heron, thanks for the note about the broken link. It's fixed now. And good idea for a rename of CTA Tattler.

You're welcome, Kevin. "CTA Tattler: Seen and Heard About the Chicago Transit Authority" could actually cover both events on, and news about, the CTA, if you'd like a less wordy option.

The woman I posted about earlier was obviously off her rocker. Anyone trying to get a peek at her magazine would've probably gotten an earful.

====Only on one of those occasions did the operator notice and, instead of backing the train up, left the operator's compartment and asked us all to stand clear of the one door and exit by the other.
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Thats a big no-no to back a train up. 1. Because the train already cleared a signal so backing up could potentially be dangerous with an approaching train behind. Signals only go one way. 2. You can't back the train up if you can't see what's behind you, which would involve switching the controls to the other end of the train

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