CTA Tattler for years has advocated for women against wankers and flashers and gropers on buses and trains. Finally the CTA has responded.
At this month’s board meeting, the CTA announced new policies on how bus and rail operators should handle incidents of harassment.
According to the Sun-Times report:
“Before, if a customer felt she was being threatened or harassed by
another passenger, the operator may just decide to “keep an eye” on the
situation, or tell the offender to move, or call the Control Center if
they felt the situation needed an immediate response, according to Amy
Kovalan, CTA’s senior vice president of safety, security and risk
“Now, operators are instructed to ask an offending individual to
stop the behavior,” Kovalan said. “If that person does not cease, the
operator immediately will call the Control Center and will be
instructed on how to proceed.” The rule applies to any kind of
harassment — not just sexual”
The CTA also will include harassment as a reportable behavior if “see something, say something.”
Here’s hoping this makes a difference for female passengers.