In my eight years of blogging about all things CTA, I think the most divisive issues I’ve encountered is strollers.
I’ve heard complaints from both sides:
Huge strollers clogging up the narrow aisles on both buses and trains.
And moms saying how tough it is to get around on the CTA with their strollers.
A report last week from the now closed down Chicago News Report said two No. 151 bus riders almost came to blows when a woman admonished a person with a stroller “don’t touch my stuff” when he tried to move her cart around his aisle-clogging stroller.
I’ve seen people on trains and buses grousing about the mega-strollers. Moms, dads: invest in a folding umbrella stroller for your CTA trips. They don’t take up as much room, and can be folded easily so you can put the kid on your lap.
The CTA changed its stroller policy about nine years ago to be more lenient. It used to require that all strollers be folded. Here’s the current policy.
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.