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Naughty CTA: Riders share their accounts

November 14, 2011|By Tracy Swartz, RedEye

The season of good cheer has almost arrived—just in time to lift some CTA riders' spirits.

Readers have been complaining to Going Public about riders who waste space and suck face.

GP rounded up the jeer—in order to reveal who's making the "naughty list" this year.

Looking for stand-up riders

[Last month] I witnessed a very pregnant woman, an elderly lady and a man with a cane who was clearly disabled stand for their entire ride while onlookers who were sitting didn't even offer their spot. It is really frustrating to watch perfectly able people sit while those who should be sitting, stand.

—Erica Ashlock, 28, Roscoe Village

Forget the seat and move those feet

Why do people wait until the doors open to get out of their seats to exit? Are they oblivious to the fact that it is their stop? Or do they love the CTA so much they just want to sit in its warm seats until the last minute they possibly can? Move toward the doors before your stop arrives.

—Daniel Hoffman, 32, Lakeview


Please don't be making out on the train. I don't want to see you sucking face and groping each other. I don't have a date for the weekend yet and I don't need you rubbing my face in it.

— Christine Montalbano, 50, Des Plaines

Christ-mass transit

The CTA last week released its annual holiday train schedule. The train, festooned with Christmas decorations, will run on different lines from Nov. 25-Dec. 22. First stop? The Green Line. Full schedule is at

'El' of a lineup

The Chicago Cabaret Project will perform CT-Hey!, a musical about the Red Line, at 10:30 p.m. Friday, at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont Ave). Go to for more information and tickets.

Meanwhile, Waltzing Mechanics will present its holiday edition of "El stories," real-life tales from the train, at 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from Dec. 2-Jan. 14 at the Greenhouse Theater (2257 N. Lincoln Ave). Tickets are available at


My pledge to ride every CTA bus line continues. I rode the No. 54B-South-Cicero a-week-and-half ago and boiled my review down to a tweet.

@tracyswartz 34 mins from just east of Cicero Pink Line to Ford City Mall. Get in line: Stops by several big-box stores, strip malls. Also hits Midway.

133 routes down, 6 to go!

Next up: No. 55N-55th/Narragansett.

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