Like most creatures of habit (or should I say, boring CTA commuters?),
I usually get on the same train in the same car and take the same seat
at the same time every day. Well, at least for the morning commute. On
the evening commute, the time may vary, but the choice of car never
My choice of seats depends on the season. In the morning
during the warm summer months (coming soon, I promise), I usually sit
on the west side of the southbound Red Line to avoid the hot sun. In
the other months, I'll sit on the east side to take advantage of the
But the rail car I enter never varies. It's the
fifth car of the Loopbound train when I'm headed to work. And the
seventh car when I'm heading home. The fifth car lets me off the train
right at the Grand and State escalator. And the seventh car puts me
right at the platform exit at Morse.
Call me lazy. Call me stuck in my ways. Whatever. It's just comforting and easy. And I'm sure many of you do the same things.
if you do, how about sharing your exit strategies at your favorite
train stop. If I get enough input from you readers, I can create
Chicago's version of Exit Strategy NYC.
That's a Web site selling a phone app that gives New Yorkers
information about where to stand on the train for a quick exit, plus a
schematic layout of the train station, among others things.
(Hat tip to Kevin Z. Photo: Keith Levit Photography)