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The CTA, Uncle G, and the 505 - kelleygreene.com
This is the second time I’ve been on a purple line train leaving Merchandise Mart at around 4:45PM. (Photo snagged from the interwebs) The CTA has a few conductors that like to talk to passengers. I had a few good years riding the red line with this guy, who often reminded passengers to “smile, it’s not so bad”, and to “have a great day” which is appreciated on a Monday morning, especially from a stranger wearing a striped conductor’s outfit. Most of the other verbose folks spend the majority of their time repeating, yet slightly changing the automated messages from the train. Some examples: Where they’re currently headed The train has an automated system that states the next stop, i.e. “Armitage is next” when you leave the stop prior The conductor says things such as “The next stop will be Armitage, Armitage will be the next stop” either before or after the automated message Why the train is stopped The train has an automated system that states “We are standing momentarily waiting for signal clearance. We will be moving shortly.” The conductor says things such as “We are holding right now due to a train ahead of us, please be patient” either …