Rider rail on CTA randomness

February 20, 2012|By Tracy Swartz, RedEye

Call 'em rail fails. Some Going Public readers have been railing against problems with CTA stations and train service lately. Next stop: Frustration station.

No crown for Brown

It seems that ever since the platform expansion was completed Brown Line off-peak trains (especially during the day and weekends) are only four cars. I feel that this is a problem because I have to stand every time and the trains are just packed.

Especially with less frequent service it is quite inconvenient. I don't ever get a seat, but at times I've had to wait for another train. I just want to see longer trains during off peak hours because they are needed.

--Shawn Cooper, 40, North Center

Blue Line blues

CTA never enforces "everyone must leave the paid area" at the O'Hare station. Never. People are allowed to remain on trains and they'll even shut the doors and turn off the lights for them!

When you complain they simply say "they're homeless" as if that makes it all better.

These people may have paid a fare at one time … but they ride the same train all night long. I deserve to feel safe and not be surrounded by stench of people abusing the system.

--Lee Strausberg, 43, Edgewater

Aisle face-off

I think that the new and "improved" cars should be sent back where they came from. Whoever designed them must have been of gargantuan height, skinny and very stable on their feet.

The new cars appear to be open and clean. The downside is that they have a lot of movement, and it is very difficult to maintain balance holding on to the suspended straps.

I am tall, and I find that my arm goes to sleep. If you are short or a child you can't reach them. The bench seats must have been made to fit 100-pound females. Chicagoans are fairly large, and not getting any smaller.

If you put a man next to a woman, that may work, due to a female's shoulders being smaller. If you have any excess fat, forget about it.

--Pamela Jurgens-Toepke, 53, New Lenox

Talk to us

Since temperatures are warmer than usual for winter, do you think the CTA should still offer heat on platforms through the end of March? Send an email to tswartz@tribune.com. Please include your full name, age and neighborhood.


A weekly dispatch from a CTA station of note

Perhaps it should be called the Poetry Line instead of the Green Line. The Laramie stop, in Austin, has a few pictures of local scenes along the train platforms. One painting, on the inbound platform, features the lines of deceased Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks' poem, "We Real Cool," about school dropouts. "We sing sin/we thin gin. We jazz June/we die soon."

Next up: Cumberland Blue Line stop.

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