Tag: etiquette

CTA's hilarious courtesy campaign wins top award

It's the polite thing to do to let riders exit the train before you try to bull your way on to it.
The CTA’s courtesy campaign has won the Grand Award from the American Public Transportation Association for Public Relations/Awareness or Educational Campaign. It’s a well-deserved award. The photos that illustrate discourteous behavior are hilarious. Check them out again. —————————– If you like this post, please like my Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter and Instagram. And, never... Read more »

Help fund documentary about women, online harassment and civility

I’ve written here a number of times about the harassment that women face regularly on the CTA. Earlier this month I applauded the CTA for expanding its own anti-harassment campaign. Of course, the reality is that women – and some men – face harassment as part of everyday life on the streets, at work, wherever.... Read more »

Taking subway panhandling to its limits in New York

Part of the challenge of a CTA commute is dealing with panhandlers on trains. This video from New York City takes things a little far – humorously. // If You Ride The NYC Subways This Is A Must Watch. Posted by Yea_Mon on Monday, March 23, 2015 —————————– If you like this post, please like... Read more »

Let's be a little more courteous to pregnant women, new moms on CTA

Pregnant women and new moms who use the CTA face bigger challenges using public transit than just about any passengers – perhaps more even than wheelchair-bound riders. First, pregnant women face rude CTA passengers who won’t do the decent thing and give up their seat. In its recent courtesy campaign, the CTA included a humorous... Read more »

CTA shames discourteous riders with humorous campaign

Don't be a road block. Step off the train to let others exit.
We’ve written often about annoying behavior of CTA riders. Blocking the doors. Littering. Not giving your seat to expectant mothers. Playing loud music. Talking loudly on your phone. Putting your bag on the seat next to you. The CTA has gotten the message that we riders are very annoyed by these behaviors and has started... Read more »

Online petition launched as latest salvo in CTA "stroller wars"

Moms and dads pushing strollers onto CTA buses have launched another salvo in the CTA “stroller wars” – an online petition that seeks approval for strollers to be parked by seats marked for wheelchairs on buses and trains. The petition specifically asks that: Young children are allowed to remain in strollers for the duration of... Read more »

Don't fall victim to CTA Shell Game scam

Tis the season to be jolly, spend money – and get taken by the CTA Shell Game operators. And I saw it happening again Tuesday on the CTA Red Line. The gregarious African-American guy boards at Fullerton with his board. (And yes, I have only seen black guys shill for the Shell Game.) He sits... Read more »

How we can help pregnant CTA riders: Shame men to give up seat

A recent column by a pregnant Tribune reporter rekindled the heated discussion: Why don’t men (especially young men) give up their seats to pregnant women? From her account of her Red Line commute:  I try to find the safest spot to stand, grab on tight and meekly search the faces of those around me, hoping... Read more »

A reminder of prohibited CTA activities - and how to be a good transit neighbor

Last week, the CTA prohibited the use of electronic cigarettes on any CTA bus, train, platform/station or other property. I took that opportunity to review other “Policies and Practices” for the CTA. “To maintain a safe and pleasant environment for everyone, the CTA has some basic rules governing behavior on our buses and trains, as well... Read more »

What would you do? Showing consideration to CTA riders with disabilities

Last week I got this email from a longtime reader. She brings up an important issue of being more considerate of our fellow riders. Dear CTA Tattler, I have a disability, and I take the elevator when I can at L stations. Where there isn’t one or its broken, I am blessed with being able... Read more »