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.