Last week, the CTA prohibited the use of electronic cigarettes on any CTA bus, train, platform/station or other property.
I took that opportunity to review other "Policies and Practices" for the CTA. "To maintain a safe and pleasant environment for everyone, the CTA has some basic rules governing behavior on our buses and trains, as well as in CTA facilities (such as train stations and at bus turnarounds, terminals and stops)," according tot he CTA website.
For instance, just you didn't know, these are the prohibited activities:
- Use of electronic cigarettes
- Possessing a weapon (except pepper spray)
- Using or consuming drugs or alcohol
- Playing radios or using other devices that make sound others may hear
- Tampering with equipment
- Indecent exposure or sexual conduct
- Drunken, disorderly or disruptive conduct
- Obstructing stairs, corridors, platforms, stations or otherwise hindering access to public areas
Yep, they all seem reasonable enough to be officially prohibited.
Also listed on that page is the CTA's policy on children in strollers. You can read the entire policy, but here's the crux of it:
Children in open strollers are welcome on CTA, however we encourage parents to be considerate of other customers and adhere to these rules when traveling with a stroller. Keep strollers clear of aisles and doorways aboard buses and trains.
There are some strong opinions on children in strollers on the CTA that I won't discuss personally here. But feel free to do so in comments.
The CTA also very helpfully provides some tips on "being a good neighbor on transit" that are worth reviewing.
You can help make sure everyone has a safe and pleasant trip on the CTA.
Here are some tips to help you be a good neighbor on transit:
- Move all the way in when boarding train cars, or all the way to the rear on buses to make room for everyone.
- Keep packages, bags or luggage on your lap or between your feet on buses and trains to avoid blocking aisles.
- If a bus or train gets crowded, fold your stroller or cart.
- Take everything you brought on board with you when you leave (including newspapers).
- Use trash receptacles and recycling bins, as appropriate.
- Keep your feet and belongings off of empty seats to allow others to sit down.
- Be mindful of others when talking on your phone or using electronics which others may hear (including ringtones). If you’re carrying on a conversation by text message, turn your ringer down or put your phone on vibrate.
- Allow exiting passengers out of a bus or train before attempting to board.
OK now, 'fess up. How many of you have violated at least one of these good neighbor rules?
It's good to be reminded of them every now and then.
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