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Mass Transit Manners

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We've commented here before about the challenge of being an L scold -- telling people off when they leave their bags all over the bus seats or play their radios too loud. For those who are ticked by bad manners on the train, or those who need some instruction, check out this blog. It's from San Francisco, but the rules apply everywhere....

The blog cautions against sleeping and nose picking, and advises riders to maintain "reasonable groin proximity." Funny and useful stuff.

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To all of you comlaining CTA riders. Stop the crying move to the western burbs and join us on METRA/BNSF! More expresses & fewer messes! Grow up cta riders, plan your trip,get a grip,you do the electric slide ,now learn how to ride!

Lenny needs to know how to plan a trip. As Michael said the systems works if you know how to use them.

Anon - why am I (a healthy male) going to jump in a seat when there are pregnant women, children and elderly people standing in the aisle with me? I'll continue standing in the aisle because I'm not going to are sit down when they standing. If they don't want the seat, there is always another person less able-bodied than I who can fill it. End result? Same net effect...one less body in the aisle.

Hi -- It's in Japan where they have transit personnel push people into the trains. I understand they do it very politely.

My pet peeves:
**People who stand in the doorway and then act oblivious/are inattentive to the fact that people leave the train when the doors open.
**People who hoover standing over unoccupied seats - you're not doing anyone any favors for two reasons 1) you can get out of the way on the aisle by just sitting down (getting your butt out of the way would be a help in itself) and 2) you're blocking the seat so anyone wanting to seat there has to get around you/ask you to move, etc. I'll ask the person are you going to sit down? can I?
Sometimes I wish we had those train personnel who mash people into the train like in other places (London? New York? I'm not sure).

@ scott, above: I can understand the way you feel after your experience. It is really a shame that CTA employees do not know their own system very well. If I ran that organization, I would require every employee who may potentially have contact with the public have a thorough knowledge of CTA routes and schedules.

Might I suggest that the mistake you made was not checking a transit map and schedule before going to the Taste? Had you done so, you would have learned that the Pink and Green Lines run to Berwyn and Oak Park until well after midnight, and that the Blue Line runs to Oak Park/Forest Park 24/7. You might have also learned that there are Metra trains that serve Berwyn and Oak Park, and that these trains depart from Union Station until 12:40 AM.

The transit system works, and the maps and schedules are all available online. It is up to you to learn how to use it. Unfortunately, the customer service representatives that you get on the phone are not always the most competent.

I am a scolder but only when it affects me personally. If you bump me with your backpack, briefcase or bags I will definiltely let you know. I watched a woman get elbowed in the head on the "L" a couple of years ago and she did nothing but give a dirty look to the person and they weren't even paying attention. A few years prior something similar happened to me. When I informed her of what she had done she gave me a look like who the eff do you think you are. It wound up with me having to call the woman the "C" word. I taught her a lesson.

i was at the taste of chicago on the 3rd of july with my 2 nephews
the biggest event of the summer, and cta buses stopped running
after 11:15 on cermak , there was about 30 other people trying to get home after the festival , and couldnt get home.
some of the people i spoke with on the street we very upset that cta
buses werent running,
repeated calls to cta control center , caused some more confusion and dismay.
the first person i spoke to was a gentlemen who stated the bus would arrive shortly about 1245am . it didnt show.
so i called back and got a wonderful cta operator " female "
who was trying to be very helpful , and then advised us that there is no cermak buses after 1100. i advised her that there was several others there trying to get to cicero illinois and berwyn also .
she could only tell me that i would have to take a north bound bus
either halsted or ashland to the blue line or green line .
so we walked some more and more til we arrived at ashland .
got on the ashland nb bus from cermak , asked the bus driver if i could get the pink line to 54th and cicero , he advised me not from there , that i would have to take the blue line congress line back to the loop where we just left and make the transfer , and that also the pace buses on cermak dont run after 12 midnite .
so we were really in a mess now .
after thanking him and getting off at ashland , we had to walk all the way east to racine to catch the blue line el to austin .
where we then walked from 900 s austin to cermak and ridgeland
so i could drop off my two nephews at home and then get in my car to go home on the north side of chicago .
we arrived at cermak and ridgeland at 0315 am .
mind you we started our trek homeward at 1045 pm from navy pier.
my only mistake was taking cta , instead of driving my car close to the fest and parking , then driving home.
belive me this wont happen again .......... bye bye cta

Well, I've become convinced that when I see someone being a jerk on a CTA bus or train, the best course of action is: Don't Say Anything. We've reached a time in history when verbal or physical violence are just a breath away, and it's just not worth getting blasted with profanity or possibly assaulted. My uncle was a bus driver and gave up trying to enforce the rules on his buses. If someone asked him what the rule was about something, he'd clearly tell them, but it was just too dangerous to do anything about violations unless an actual crime was committed that he needed to report. There are lots of horrible people around, and they'll be horrible no matter what. Best to play it safe, and just leave the bus or train if it's looking dangerous.

try to be ready for your stop. That way you do not have to run towards the door and trip or bump into someone who is trying to get ready for the next stop or are entering the vehicle.

try to be ready for your stop. That way you do not have to run towards the door and trip or bump into someone who is trying to get ready for the next stop or are entering the vehicle.

you need to let people of the train (detrain) before entering the train. This avoids bumping and helps stop pickpocketers.

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