My wife tells me there's a design flaw at the CTA's Howard station that could endanger lives. The station serves riders for the Red Line, Purple Line and Yellow Line.
She was walking last week on the inner-track side of the northbound platform. The space adjacent to stairs, escalators and elevators is so narrow that it's really an accident waiting to happen.
On Thursday, Susan was trying to pick her way around the other passengers standing in that part of the walkway. She was near the southern end and had to walk north toward the Purple Line train.
She didn't hear a Skokie Swift train approaching behind her -- and ultimately about to clip her elbow. That is, if a CTA janitor hadn't yelled at her: "Watch your elbow! You! Watch your elbow!" When she realized it was her he was bellowing at, she turned and saw the train sliding by. It missed her elbow.
The janitor went on to explain: "I've been working for the CTA for 17 years, and you wouldn't believe how many body parts I've had to pick up off those tracks. I've found three thumbs."
My wife, grateful he wasn't scooping up her elbow, said, "Thanks for the tip."
Be careful on the Howard and any other platform.