Posts tagged "etiquette"

A reminder of prohibited CTA activities - and how to be a good transit neighbor

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... Read more »

What would you do? Showing consideration to CTA riders with disabilities

Last week I got this email from a longtime reader. She brings up an important issue of being more considerate of our fellow riders. Dear CTA Tattler, I have a disability, and I take the elevator when I can at L stations. Where there isn’t one or its broken, I am blessed with being able... Read more »

9 most annoying things on CTA trains

Sometimes, our fellow CTA passengers are just plain annoying. Here’s what they do to bug us. Wide-spread legs man: He takes up almost two seats because he needs so much room to air out his junk. Just close your legs, man! Screaming cellers: It’s bad enough they are talking on their phones on the L.... Read more »

Sleeping beauties: Why you couldn't get a seat on the Red Line Tuesday

Seen at 8:50 a.m. on the southbound Red Line. Perhaps it’s why you couldn’t get a seat on the Red Line Tuesday morning. Photographer Brendan reports that he did inform the motorman, since these sleeping beauties were in the first car. Have you ever awakened a sleeping passenger taking more than one seat so that... Read more »

Photos show dirty CTA rail cars

The Hobo Corner has become the Trash Corner. (CTA Tattler photos)
I had been collecting photos of dirty CTA “L” train cars over the last couple of weeks before the Chicago Tribune posted its story on dirty rail cars. I chalked it up to the extreme cold for the lack of maintenance. All the photos here were taken on the Red Line after I boarded going... Read more »

Be more polite: CTA cellphone etiquette - what NOT to do

Here’s another in an occasional series where I document how CTA passengers could be more polite. Today’s topic is cellphone etiquette, and the lack of it by my fellow riders. In the last 18 months, the use of smartphones by passengers on the CTA has become so prevalent that now it’s rare NOT to see... Read more »

Be more polite: A little help please for wheelchair-bound passenger?

This marks the first post in an occasional series where I document incidences where CTA riders could be more polite. ——————————– We’re southbound on the Red Line. Two guys are sitting in the flip-up seat for wheelchairs by the exit, furiously working their phones. At Granville, a passenger in a wheelchair boards and with the help... Read more »

A picture is worth 1,000 words - especially on public transit

Crack in the crack.
Anyone who has ridden public transit for awhile has seen some bizarre things. Here we have some photographic evidence of same compiled by BuzzFeed. Head over there for even more photos.

Harlem Shake on CTA shakes up disabled and senior riders

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After ABC7 Chicago aired  a report about the Harlem Shake being performed on the CTA, a blog for people with disabilities warned that passengers should be cautious of  “flash mobs.” “We that use the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) as our transportation should be concerned of “The Harlem Shake” on our buses and trains,” noted the... Read more »

Here's a tip: Don't kiss CTA train window

Photo by Claire Zulkey via
I’ve seen lots of gross personal behavior on the CTA, such as nail clipping and public urination. But here’s a new one. Someone decided to kiss a train window. With fresh lipstick. Hat tip / total ripoff from Claire Zulkey and her WBEZ blog. Thanks, Claire!