Category: Breaches of etiquette

Sexual harassment on the CTA: Widespread problem hits home

In a story posted today, the Reader asks: “Could woman-only el cars prevent sexual harassment on the CTA?” I think that’s a terrible idea. And so does the CTA, as the article points out. The transit agency last year launched an anti-harassment campaign to educate people about what constitutes harassment, and how to report it.... Read more »

CTA's hilarious courtesy campaign wins top award

It's the polite thing to do to let riders exit the train before you try to bull your way on to it.
The CTA’s courtesy campaign has won the Grand Award from the American Public Transportation Association for Public Relations/Awareness or Educational Campaign. It’s a well-deserved award. The photos that illustrate discourteous behavior are hilarious. Check them out again. —————————– If you like this post, please like my Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter and Instagram. And, never... Read more »

Help fund documentary about women, online harassment and civility

I’ve written here a number of times about the harassment that women face regularly on the CTA. Earlier this month I applauded the CTA for expanding its own anti-harassment campaign. Of course, the reality is that women – and some men – face harassment as part of everyday life on the streets, at work, wherever.... Read more »

CTA expands its anti-harassment campaign

The CTA has redoubled its effort to combat harassment on trains and buses by expanding and updating its “If It’s Unwanted, It’s Harassment” public service campaign. The campaign will feature a series of messages that will appear on buses and trains and at train stations beginning today. The campaign will serve three purposes: Encourage customers... Read more »

Taking subway panhandling to its limits in New York

Part of the challenge of a CTA commute is dealing with panhandlers on trains. This video from New York City takes things a little far – humorously. // If You Ride The NYC Subways This Is A Must Watch. Posted by Yea_Mon on Monday, March 23, 2015 —————————– If you like this post, please like... Read more »

Let's be a little more courteous to pregnant women, new moms on CTA

Pregnant women and new moms who use the CTA face bigger challenges using public transit than just about any passengers – perhaps more even than wheelchair-bound riders. First, pregnant women face rude CTA passengers who won’t do the decent thing and give up their seat. In its recent courtesy campaign, the CTA included a humorous... Read more »

Anti-harassment ad campaign on CTA hits roadblock, stalls

More than a dozen girls and young women from the Courage Campaign asked the the CTA board last week for its help in fighting sexual harassment on trains and buses via awareness ads. And while some board members were encouraging, the ad campaign was not given the green light by the transit agency. It turns... Read more »

Best CTA Tattler photos you might have missed on Instagram

If you need to iron your pants while waiting for a bus at Lunt and Sheridan, you're in luck!
You might have noticed that at the bottom of every post I encourage you to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. But hey, I know not all of you participate in all those social media platforms. Not to worry. In this photo gallery I present the best CTA photos I’ve posted on Instagram. If... Read more »

CTA shames discourteous riders with humorous campaign

Don't be a road block. Step off the train to let others exit.
We’ve written often about annoying behavior of CTA riders. Blocking the doors. Littering. Not giving your seat to expectant mothers. Playing loud music. Talking loudly on your phone. Putting your bag on the seat next to you. The CTA has gotten the message that we riders are very annoyed by these behaviors and has started... Read more »

Online petition launched as latest salvo in CTA "stroller wars"

Moms and dads pushing strollers onto CTA buses have launched another salvo in the CTA “stroller wars” – an online petition that seeks approval for strollers to be parked by seats marked for wheelchairs on buses and trains. The petition specifically asks that: Young children are allowed to remain in strollers for the duration of... Read more »