The three Chicago-area transit agencies are teaming up to provide clear and consistent signage on trains and buses about priority seating for passengers with disabilities and senior citizens.
One decal is used to identify priority seating, said a CTA spokesperson, while the second clearly outlines the policy for priority seating, which states: “Priority seating is for customers with disabilities and seniors. Please move when requested.”
"The two decals were created under a joint project with RTA, Metra, Pace and CTA to provide clear and consistent messaging and uniform signage for priority seating on all buses and trains operated by the three service boards," the spokesperson wrote in an email to CTA Tattler. Input and approval of the new decals was also provided by the ADA Advisory Committees of the three service boards and the RTA. These decals will replace the existing RTA priority seating indicator decal that’s been in use on CTA vehicles since the 1970s. Permanent decals outlining the priority seating policy will also replace the car cards that are often placed in the customer alert holders on vehicles and are only temporary."
I'm glad to see this new campaign, as it gives me further ammunition to call out rude people who sit in these priority seating areas while obviously pregnant women and folks with broken arms or legs stand by helplessly.
Of course, I've never been shy about finding seats, especially for pregnant women. Just a few weeks I asked loudly of three able-bodies men staring at their phones: "Which of you gentlemen will give the young lady a seat?" They looked up innocently and then one finally got up.
In my experience, the two demographic groups most likely to willingly offer a seat to passengers with disabilities and seniors are women in their 30s to 50s, a young African American men.
Hopefully, the new campaign with the directive to "Please move when requested" will spur others to be more polite.