"Doors open on the right" - and the announcement is louder

In the last month or so, I have noticed - along with a number of you readers - that the pre-recorded announcement of "doors open on the right" on CTA trains has changed. It is louder, more pronounced, with a change in pitch. The tone is much different from the other phrases on either side of that.

It's almost as if the CTA announcer dude -- Lee Crooks -- is on another plain, in another universe, when he utters, "doors open on the right."

When I first reported this to my media contact at the CTA, she said she hadn't heard anything about this from anyone else. She asked me for specifics on which rail car I heard it in. I guess if you haven't actually heard this, you might think I was nuts. But that would mean that many of you who reported it to me were nuts too.

Here's what the CTA spokesperson finally said after doing a thorough check:
"We recently made some changes to the announcements - when we
replaced Library with Harold Washington Library - and it appears
that in that transition there was a slight change in the data base and there is
a different pitch in some announcements.  

"We've contacted the
vendor - they need to correct it and send us the updated data base. 
Then it has to be loaded on each car, so I don't have a timeline yet.

"If customers notice a problem with an announcement, Information
regarding route, train car number, date and time of day is helpful."

So there you have it. You can count on CTA Tattler to report on CTA minutiae.

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  • I noticed it was different on Tuesday riding the Red Line from Garfield to Loyola.
    But still no answer on the new slow zone NB from just north of the Cermak station to the end of the connecting tunnel with the old tunnel.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Have you asked the CTA, or is this just something you rant about on the comments section of a blog?

  • In reply to aaronjbrown:

    It's not listed on the 4/4/2011 slow zone map!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    So, I guess the answer is "no" then. Sounds about right.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    While theyre at it, perhaps they can figure out a way to keep the volume on the automated announcements at a reasonable level, on all cars. Ive noticed that on some cars its tolerable, but on others its so loud you can hear it from outside the car while the doors are closed, and when youre inside its blaring.

  • In reply to aaronjbrown:

    I noticed that difference...sounded like a new recording of "Doors open on the right" was being patched in. Lee's voice sounds acoustically different. Maybe he recorded it in his living room and emailed a file to the CTA. I can't figure out what would have been wrong with the old version; perhaps to some riders it wasn't clearly enunciated? Or hard to tell the difference between "right" and "left" in a noisy car?

  • In reply to scottknitter:

    Some people posted on chicagobus.org that the way the message was previously pasted together, "right" was missing. That seems to be covered in this thread.

  • In reply to scottknitter:

    Oh, thank goodness. I thought it was just me.

  • In reply to scottknitter:

    A bit off topic, but is it just me or has the trains gotten nastier? I swear, I think I'm developing an OCD. Most of the seats are nasty and the trains regularly stank to high heaven. It seems like the CTA laid off the personnel who are suppose to clean the trains.

  • In reply to Gerec:

    No, ive noticed this too. I think the homeless are wiping their sweaty arse's on each and every seat they can.

  • In reply to boofoochoochoo:

    Not that so much...it's all the fine folks who know they're not supposed to eat on CTA vehicles but who think it's OK for them because they're neat people, as they drop a shower of fine cookie crumbs, or lick their Cheetoh fingers and then grab a pole, or lose a French fry, or...

  • In reply to scottknitter:

    Those blue upholstered seats on the train and buses don't help. I always see nasty stains on most of them. And yes, those upholstered seats hold smells. The cta would have been better off just installing metal seatings. That's right, metal seatings. Forget luxurious comfort! At least that way it would be easier to quickly wipe them down. They would've also been smell and stain resistant.

  • In reply to scottknitter:

    Not so sure. If it smells like @$$ I dont think its due to food droppings. Of course, I ride the Red Line to the Purple and you may be on the Brown? The concept of eating on the Red line is enough to make me gag. Id sooner eat on my own toilet whilst taking a crap. It smells about the same and in my own bathroom, at least I know its my own filth.

  • In reply to boofoochoochoo:

    Yup, it's mainly the Red Line. The Brown line I must confess is nothing like the Red Line. Actually, it's much more fresher and cleaner. I wonder if it's because of the lack of ridership. I guess I'm ranting about this issue because it seems to have gotten worse this past Winter and up into now. And it's offensive after a hard day of work to step aboard a train and have the rancid smells immediately hit you. And then you can't find a clean seat because of visibly unknown substances (dry vomit, food, or ???). It's really disgusting.

  • In reply to scottknitter:

    I noticed the different "Doors open on the right" as well. I remember hearing it the old way when I went to Milwaukee on March 20, and when I got back on the 23rd, it was different.

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