The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is an independent
governmental agency that began operating on 1947. The CTA operates the nation's second largest public
transportation system and covers the City of Chicago and 38 surrounding
suburbs. On an average weekday, 1.5 million rides are taken on the CTA.
!! The CTA provides no
access to restrooms for it's patrons !!
From Discussions Groups
The CTA long ago closed all the public toilets in the
subway stations, and despite what you may have heard about filthy subway
toilets frequented by all sorts of perverts -- all of it was true -- at
least you could make an emergency stop on your trip home if you had to.
Now you can go block after block downtown at night when the two
remaining department stores have closed and just try to find a place
when you need it. Even the Palmer House Hotel locked theirs up.
The CTA closed them all down and said 'tough luck ...
remember to go before you leave home from now on.' From one extreme to
another though; now when CTA train passengers reach the end of the line
at the Skokie Station, they come off the train looking for the obvious.
None in sight any- where, so they pester the local merchants up and down
Dempster Street, all of whom out of self-defense have to keep the
restrooms they maintain for *their* customers locked, else deal with a
dozen or more CTA riders every day using it, at the merchant's expense.
The CTA is generally unwilling to work with the community at all on
things like that. misc.transport.urban-transit