Here's a guest post by Tamara. Thanks Tamara!
Twice in the past week I’ve witnessed a minor scuffle on the morning #134 Stockton LaSalle Express bus over the “yellow line” (NOT the one formerly known as the Skokie Swift, mind you.) This one particular CTA driver does not allow anyone to stand in front of the yellow line painted on the floor just behind the driver’s seat. At each stop, she waits until everyone has moved behind it before moving on.
Folks, she is not kidding. She’s not moving until you’re behind it. This visibly irked the people waiting at the Roslyn and Arlington stops who saw the seemingly open space upfront, tried to board and were denied. Usually you can fit at least half a dozen people in that area. (It’s tight and occasionally things get a little too personal - I think of it as the Groping Vestibule - although sometimes you’ll turn and discover it’s just someone’s bag bumping against you.)
Has anyone else had a driver require everyone to stay behind the line? I imagine this is some kind of law – why else would that marking be there, anyway?
Airport shuttles often have a similar line plus a sign stating that it’s against federal law to stand in the front of the bus, which would therefore apply to the CTA as well. If that’s the case, the vast majority of drivers are ignoring it, perhaps to pack in as many riders as possible. The most they’ll do is ask those standing near the door to lean back so they can see the far corner of the windshield. In 6 years of taking the 134 every morning I’ve encountered exactly one driver who enforced this.
The other unusual aspect of today’s commute was the driver’s stern admonition to “everybody stay where you are and don’t move until your stop.” That one REALLY perplexed the crowd!