After a “stroller mom” shoved her stroller-bound baby into closing train doors, and the train took off with the baby and stroller, the CTA began requiring rail operators to make the additional announcement: “Please do no attempt to board, doors are closing.”
But today I learned the announcement was not just to keep babies from being flung onto the tracks. It’s to prevent door troubles and subsequent delays.
We were stopped at Lawrence southbound on the Red Line when the motorman made the usual announcement: “Please do not attempt to board, doors are closing.” Then I saw a 20-something guy come barreling up the steps. He stuck his hand in the doors just before they closed and flung the doors open. He triumphantly sat down, all out of breath.
The motorman again tried to close the doors. And again. And again. All to no avail.
The motorman made his way to our car and tried to trip the door relays
and manually close them. But they were hopelessly stuck. By now we had
wasted five minutes fiddling with the doors.
announced he had to vacate our car since the doors wouldn’t close. And
another employee came along to ride shotgun in the incapacitated rail
car and make sure no one else attempted to board. We waited a few more
minutes while everyone left that car and reboarded on other cars.
We — and every other train north of us — were delayed 10 minutes.
So really people, do not attempt to board the train while doors are closing.