Did you hug your favorite CTA worker today?

OK, so maybe that would be creepy to hug your favorite CTA worker.

But did you at least thank him or her today?

March 18 is Transit Employee Appreciation Day, according to the Regional Transportation Authority, which encourages us to “recognize the contributions of the hard-working public transit employees.”

And all it takes is a quick thank you:

The RTA is encouraging riders to show their appreciation by simply thanking their driver or ticket attendant for his or her dedicated service, and follow it up with a smile or wave when boarding a bus or train, or entering a transit station.

“We all know the familiar faces we see each day, whether it’s the man or woman who works at the station or the operators who makes sure we get to our destination. They become part of our daily commute and it’s nice to show we know them and appreciate them,” said Leanne Redden, RTA Executive Director.

But yeah, you should probably stick with the thanks and the smile, rather than the hug. Avoid jail time for unwanted affection.


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  • A nice "Thank you" should be sufficient. Of course, if we smacked a rude driver/motorperson, we'd wind up in the county lockup.

    I always that my bus driver when he waits for me, as it's not uncommon for me to be running down the street waving to the 3rd or 4th bus in a conga line. Pulling to the curb, and/or kneeling the bus is also a welcome gesture.

    On the flipside, driving the bus/train with the throttle either fully open or fully closed is grounds for a WTF. Once again yesterday the motorman of a 5000-series Purple line train came to an abrupt, jerking stop at Merchandise Mart. I thought those stupid new trains had a "smooth stop" feature. Apparently the operator was asleep during that portion of the training class.

  • I don't have a "favorite" CTA worker. And I don't go around hugging people I don't know. I'll thank the bus driver if he/she waits for me if I'm running to the stop, but that's as far as the "appreciation" goes.

  • Thanks for the reminder. I did thank the bus driver who got me to my station today, and she was shocked to know about the day... happy, but shocked. I'll be sure to thank the driver for the return trip!

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    In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thank you M Laing for your positve reponse. CTA bus operator.

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    And thank you for riding the CTA.

  • The only way to "hug" a CTA worker is if they're your parents or spouse. Otherwise, they should have put up posters and mentioned it to all the TV & radio stations because I had no idea that was today. We all knew about Pi/pie day but this?

    If they want their hugs, they'll have to do it the old fashioned way . . .
    earn them!!! LOL!!!

  • I don't see "hug" in the block quote from Redden, and given that the bus drivers are behind the shield for the reason SpinyNorman says, it isn't going to be too possible.

  • In reply to jack:

    Maybe a fist bump? However, it might be interpreted as an attempted punch to the face. 'Can't win.

  • In reply to SpinyNorman:

    From what I see of two self-professed former rapid transit employees, one would be lucky if they did not hit you with whatever implement is loose in the cab these days.

  • Yeah right. Kevin you're a hypocrite, especially when you condoned the fact that operators had to clean their entire 8 car trains, and you wanted the union workers a few years ago not to accept a contractually agreed upon raise

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    iBill, let's please live in the present, not the past.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    So you don't deny my accusations.

  • If I'm the only one boarding at the stop, and the driver has made the boarding process relatively hassle-free (stopping close to the curb, etc.) I'll make a point of saying "thank you" as I enter.

  • I try to thank my bus or L driver every time if I pass them on the way out. On the bus, I'll greet them with a hello or good morning. Didn't realize I had to limit it to one day.

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