The announcements by rail operators about minding the closing doors are getting sloppier and sloppier.
Earlier this week I heard the operator make this announcement just after he had opened the doors:
"Do not attempt to board this train - doors are closing."
Now, if you were an out-of-town visitor or infrequent rider, you might
wonder what was wrong with the train when the operator warns you to not
attempt to board the train.
Of course, these announcement started early this year after some highly
publicized incidents of passengers trying to board rail cars as the
doors were closing.
In one incident last November, a woman tried to shove a stroller - with
her baby in it - into the door. Unfortunately, the doors closed on the
stroller, dragging the stroller and baby, before both were spewed onto
the tracks. The baby was unhurt, but the ensuing shrieking sure harmed
the CTA. It ordered operators to start making the silly announcements.
I suggest that the CTA should revisit the need for these verbal
announcements. At the very least, the CTA should demand that its
operators make more cogent announcements, emphasizing the safety aspect