CTA aisle roadblock ahead - please don't step on the baby

This is just wrong.

And I don’t really blame the teen mom, who actually was already onboard the CTA Red Line train before the middle-aged guy got on and blocked the rest of the aisle with his rolling suitcase.

Of course, the teen mom could have sat on the other side of the doorway, and parked her monster stroller in the ample space there for wheelchairs.

And of course, the middle-aged man could have slid his bag in the space between his seat and the back of the adjacent seat.

Instead, we have a mammoth roadblock that tripped up at least three people.

Can we have a little courtesy, please, people?

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(CTA Tattler photo)


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  • Based on this and the photo in the next post, it doesn't appear the time of day when there would be about 274 passengers crowded in the door well, with nobody being able to get to the center of the car, which is usually the situation I have seen.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack, you're right - this was Sunday, but people were trying to get to the Sox game. Certainly better than 5 pm on a Monday. But it's still wrong.

  • In reply to jack:

    That photo shows a quite roomy space...compared to the #36 or #151 bus.
    Stroller and shopping cart wielders routinely block the aisles. They also exhibit extreme attitude when asked to "fold the stroller or cart".
    Stroller-wielders & cart-wielders are a peculiar species on the CTA. They think that the bus /train exists for them alone, and don't take kindly to letting others sit, stand, or move.

    Why does the CTA continue to permit strollers & carts on the bus?

  • In reply to bizkid888:

    "Why does the CTA continue to permit strollers & carts on the bus?"

    How else are people with babies supposed to get home, if you don't want them to drive?

    Now, if CTA had enough personnel to enforce a rule that strollers must be folded, it would be a different matter. Metra conductors tell people to put their luggage on the racks, but the last I heard, CTA doesn't have conductors or luggage racks.

  • In reply to bizkid888:

    It's no worse than the extremely sourfaced 60ish man that was on a NB Clark bus yesterday afternoon.
    He had a RTA, ADA paratransit card hanging around his neck & was occupying slightly over half of a two person, sideways seat at the front of the bus, just behind the right front wheel. This seat can fold up for a wheelchair & has the chair restraint belt mechanism under it.
    So this slim, 50ish woman sits down next to him & asks if he could move over just a bit. His response: "I'm disabled & I can't move because this motherfucking seat has this fucking crap under it"!
    She wisely moved to the back of the bus & found a seat there.

  • In reply to bizkid888:

    I witnessed a bus driver refuse to pick up a woman with one of those megastrollers once. He said he didn't have room on the bus for it.

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    I wish all bus drivers had the backbone of the one you observed.

  • Chicago Transit Authority's "Policies and Practices" regarding children in strollers:

    Children in open strollers are welcome on CTA, however we encourage parents to be considerate of other customers and adhere to these rules when traveling with a stroller.

    Keep strollers clear of aisles and doorways aboard buses and trains.

    Seniors and customers with disabilities have priority use of the Priority Seating area aboard buses and trains. If these seats are not in use, open strollers may be parked in this area. This will help you to avoid blocking the aisle. Please yield this space if a customer with disabilities, a senior, or a person using a mobility device wishes to board. On buses, you may request use of the access ramp or lift to help you board and exit.

    Please fold your stroller in the event that a bus or train becomes crowded, in order to make room for others. Be aware that in the event that a bus or train is crowded, a CTA employee may ask you to fold your stroller or wait for another vehicle. Please follow their instructions. Also, during certain periods of high ridership, we may require that all strollers be folded before you board.

    Children in an open stroller should be seated and secured in the stroller before boarding the bus or train.

    Note that strollers are never allowed on escalators. If traveling with an open stroller in a multi-level facility, please use elevators or ramps where available. On train station platforms, position your stroller parallel to the platform edge (not facing it), use wheel locks/brakes and stay with it at all times.
    Please see video "Giant baby buggies,grandma carts and selfish people on the 151" at: http://abilitychicagoinfo.blogspot.com/2012/04/baby-stroller-blocks-aisle-on-cta-bus.html

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