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  • An unwelcome visitor on the No. 82-Kimball/Homan. Photo credit: @dudeyoujerk.
An unwelcome visitor on the No. 82-Kimball/Homan. Photo credit: @dudeyoujerk.
July 08, 2013|By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz | RedEye

No pressure, CTA riders, but storms are in the forecast Tuesday and Wednesday. Rain tends to put a damper on commuting, so here are some dews and don'ts of riding out storms on the CTA.

Dew ...

>> Realize fancy footwear is a mistake. Two words: Commuting shoes. Don't make your trip a feat because you're wearing wedges.

>> Take caution when traveling up and down rail station staircases, which may be slippery. Note puddles and point them out to customer service agents at the station or contact the CTA at transitchicago.com/contact.

>> Watch where you swing that umbrella. Let's not poke an eye out while you're throwing shade.

>> Beware of surroundings at bus stops. A bus driver may not see a puddle at the stop, and suddenly your trip to Six Corners has turned into a ride at Six Flags.

>> Listen carefully to stop announcements. Bus windows may be foggy, so you may not be able to see your stop. Don't be in the dark while you're in the dark.

Don't ...

>> Put your wet umbrella on the seat next to you. The next rider who wants to use that seat shouldn't wonder if that's a rain puddle or a different type of puddle. Try to shake off excess moisture (away from your fellow riders) when boarding buses and trains. If your umbrella is wet, point it downward so any water falls beneath your seat.

>> Go for a platform run. The CTA doesn't have weather protection canopies. Resist the urge to wait in the stationhouse and bolt to the platform when the train arrives. Some narrow platforms spell disaster.

>> Go first if you have cash. Using cash to pay bus fare slows down the boarding process. Let others with cards go ahead so they're not stuck in the rain while you're fumbling with dollars.

Art imitates life

The CTA is holding a meeting Wednesday for artists about creating work at eight South Side Red Line stations being overhauled. The meeting will be 1 p.m., at Chinatown Library, 2353 S. Wentworth Ave.

Stationary

A weekly dispatch from a CTA station of note

This week: Central Green Line

It's been 17 years since this 114-year-old stop underwent major renovation, and this Austin station looks like a teenage wasteland. The walls could use a good scrub and the platform is narrow. The escalator wasn't working when GP visited Monday, and the weather canopy didn't seem to protect from all the rain. If the Green Line ever gets another major overhaul as it did in the mid-1990s, the Central station should be central in that plan.

Next up: Division Blue Line

tswartz@tribune.com

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