Feet off the seat: "Green Line is no Holiday Inn" - motorwoman

Jim caught a great confrontation between a Green Line motorwoman and a homeless guy who picked the wrong car to take up four seats while trying to sleep. A little tip — avoid the first car where the motorman/woman works if you want to sleep.

The first time she saw him from her compartment, she politely told him to put his feet down.

At the next stop, the warning got a little more stern: “This is the CTA and you only paid the fare for one seat.” (We need to get those cameras in every car like on the new Series 5000 cars.)

At the next stop she sees he is fast asleep. She announces there’s a motorman emergency and emerges from her working space and screams at him:

“This is no hotel or motel! And just because this is the Green Line this
is no Holiday Inn. Get off the train or the police will give you a real
place to sleep — all five stars at 26th and Cal.”

The guy finally got that very descriptive message and exited at the next stop.


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  • In other overnight news, the Sun-Times reported that three girls, one over the age for juvenile treatment, and hence identified as living near the 95th Red Line Station, assaulted someone at Howard. They must have used the Red Line to ride the entire length to perpetrate this. I'm surprised that the charges were only assault, not robbery.

    That might not be directly related to this post, but both establish that the rapid transit system is becoming a zoo.

    Also, while I am sure that he got off at the next stop, it is more than likely that he boarded the next train, either in that or the opposite direction, and then later found some way to transfer to the Blue or Red Line, since the Green does not run overnight.

  • In reply to jack:

    The link doesn't seem to be working on my computer, it is http://www.suntimes.com/news/24-7/2513244,CST-NWS-attack20.article

  • In reply to jack:

    What the hell is wrong with the state's attorneys office in only charging a misdemeanor?
    She cut the victim with a boxcutter.
    That should have been aggravated battery which is a felony!

  • In reply to jack:

    I'd like to see some actual statistics backing up everyone's opinion that somehow it's getting worse on the trains.

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    I noticed 50% more people standing by the doors yesterday and it was 100% more annoying! :)

  • In reply to marthat3:

    9 months ago I moved to NYC and I've noticed that people don't crowd the doors here as much. A few thoughts...

    1) All the seating is bench seating which encourages people to stand in the middle.

    2) There is much more traffic on NYC trains... and people quickly realize that standing by the door means being squished in at every station as more people board the train.

    3) The doors are slightly wider (I think) and there is no plexi glass to lean against

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    Like Jody Weis saying that statistics show that crime is down, while three police officers have been killed recently, perception is the rule. Even if CTA had statistics that x number of homeless were on its property in each of the past 4 years, or that x number of crimes were committed in the vicinity of its stations, discretionary riders are not going to ride if the perception is as portrayed by the CTA Tattler and the media. I'm turned off just by the panhandlers at the farecard machines, even if the panhandlers on the L (especially the pen selling gang) have theoretically been removed from the cars.

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    Kudos to that motorwoman. If more of them didn't turn a blind eye toward infractions on public transportation, we'd all be better off.

    And, bad as it may be sometimes, you're better off in that first car than in any other. The rest of those cars are a Wild Wild West situation. I only ride in the first car unless I'm in danger of missing the train.

    They can talk about how crime numbers are down all they want. I think REPORTS are down because the public knows it can be a waste of time getting anything concrete done against these thugs. Case in point: as mentioned above, animals attacking someone with a box cutter and being charged with a misdemeanor. Some figure it's not worth their time to "witness" something if nothing concrete is being done to the perpetrators.

  • Here's something about behavior on the CTA, but it's really more about manners. It's not about keeping one's criminal behavior off the CTA. http://www.youtube.com/CTAConnections#p/u/4/5o0wpVtW8j8

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