Public Trans Chronicles #5

Public Transportation Chronicles
With Othello

With so much negativity in the world, witnessing an act of kindness is like a breath of fresh air. Whether the kind act is witnessing a “pay it forward” moment or even witnessing one individual assisting another individual in need. I was pleased to witness an act of kindness walking down to the CTA’s Redline Subway, here is what happened.

There was a young lady that was pushing a baby in a stroller that needed some help getting the baby down a flight of stairs. The elevators were down (a common occurrence) and she was standing at the top of the stairs asking this gentleman for help. It was nice to see the gentleman help her without hesitation. He picked up the stroller and carried the stroller with baby down the flight of stairs. The lady he helped was very grateful for the gentleman’s help. I could see that the gentleman who helped was pleased as well.
I thought that was pretty cool of that guy to help. I even give credit to the woman for asking. It is too easy to hesitate asking for help, especially from someone you do not know. I never lost hope or gave up on believing that there are still good people in the world. So I encourage everyone to do something nice for someone. Let’s create a positive domino effect.

Public Trans Chronicles #4 (With G. Othello)

If you’ve taken public transportation you may have come across panhandlers. Panhandling is an act of begging, usually in a public place. I see this happening often on the CTA. My most recent encounter happened on the Metra. This is what happened… Continue reading “Public Trans Chronicles #4 (With G. Othello)”

Public Trans Chronicles #3 (By G. Othello)

Public Transportation Chronicles
With Othello

 

There is a real problem in Chicago with homelessness. Take a walk through some of Chicago’s streets you will see someone taking shelter under a bridge, near a storefront, abandoned building, at bus shelters and on CTA trains.

Our CTA trains are a common shelter for some of Chicago’s homeless. I find one of the most common train lines that the homeless find shelter is the Redline. If you are familiar with that train you may agree that it isn’t a pleasant sight. If you’ve taken a Redline train; I am sure that you have witnessed lack of seating, the unpleasant smells, unsanitary conditions and some of the unpleasant sights from some of the homeless who take shelter on the trains. Some of the homeless who are on the trains show signs of mental illness. I have witnessed some of the homeless talking to themselves or shouting at other riders. I’ve seen riders get frightened to the point where they would get off of the train to get on another car or wait for another train. I feel that this is unfair to the paying riders, it is unfair to the CTA employees who have to clean and remove the homeless from the trains and it isn’t fair to the homeless.