I have often been critical about the tight seating on new CTA 5000 Series rail cars. Even normal-sized riders have to squeeze into the seats, and forget about sitting if you're even slightly overweight.
But these open, aisle-facing seats do have a plus side, and it takes a woman to notice it - there are no hiding places for wankers and flashers - and other purveyors of deviant behavior.
First, there are at least six cameras in every car. And certainly the greated deterrent is the aisle-facing seats. All is in the open. There's nowhere to hide.
Even the Hobo Corner is less-inviting. You know - the compartment across from the motorman's "office." There are no seats there any longer, and the area appears to be smaller than the space on the old 3000 series cars.
Being a man, I haven't seen all the disgusting things that many women complain about. I asked my wife and daughter to catalog them for me:
- Shooting up black tar heroin on Blue Line.
- Huffing from a rag.
- Fellatio by two teens.
- Toenail clipping.
- Furtive groping.
It's harder to sleep too.
So I guess we should look at the bright side sometimes when considering these new rails cars.