CTA Drivers To Begin Asking Passengers To Give Up Seats For Seniors, Disabled
reporting by Bob Roberts for CBS Chicago | May 14, 2014
The next CTA Board meetings are held monthly, we encourage all to attend to help send a message that People with Disabilities of all ages would like to have the use of Priority Seating on CTA vehicles for save travel, and without the continuing drama that CTA puts us through to use the Chicago Public Transit system operated by CTA.
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I personally filed 2 complaints in the last month on Priority Seating and Stroller issues, only once did CTA contact me. I am sharing that complaint I emailed CTA, with photos on April 28, 2014...
Jim at Ability Chicago
Chicago Transit Authority
: on Sat April 26, 2014, I boarded Bus Route #21 Cermak, bus 1710 at #### - eastbound - at 11:26 am | The bus was crowded with people standing, I entered using my wheelchair, in the Priority Seating area drivers side there was a 'stroller' with the mother sitting in the first seat facing aisle (texting on her cellphone the entire ride), there were 2 men seated in front facing Priority Seating ; on the other side of bus in Priority Seating another passenger put up priority seating side seat for me, but a man with his son were in the facing forward priority seating and told me 'refused to get up' - they did say they needed Priority Seating for any disability/medical condition to me.
I was able to get wheelchair partially in Priority Seating area, I was facing back of the bus, the front of wheelchair was about 50% in aisle with right armrest, with controller in aisle and my foot rest. The woman with 'stroller' got off the bus around Wentworth, & also another another man in wheelchair did get on the bus. I did exit the bus at Wabash. I never heard the bus driver once make an announcement of that Priority Seating was needed for a wheelchair.
I have never felt my physical safety, possible damage to my wheelchair was endangered as I was for this use of CTA public transit due to the inability of properly using Priority Seating securement area.
Priority Seating is intended for People with Disabilities, as per federal guidelines.