News Chicago Subway Revolt
posted by April 16 at 15:02 PMon
Despite what you may have read on Slogódespite what I’ve frequently written on Slogóit’s not all sunshine and buttercups in Chicago’s subways and on its elevated trains.
Frustrated passengers, stuck in a Blue line subway tunnel for about two hours, decided to take matters into their own hands by leaving the train and forcing authorities to evacuate thousands of passengersóand leading to a big mess under the streets of Chicago….
Commuters like Matt Wormley were heading home Tuesday night after the morning’s breakdown. Wormley was among the thousands riding four trains when officials say a circuit blew and caused the first train to stall.
“It was chaos; it was a mess. People were getting sick. They were angry,” Wormley said. “They said to wait for a couple of minutes and it ended up being two hours before they did anything,” he added.
When the folks trapped on that Blue Line trainóthe line that goes to Chicago’s O’Hare airportódecided to get off the train and walk to the next station, CTA officials were forced to shut the power off along a significant chunk of the subway system. Chicago’s subways are powered by an electrified third rail and touching the third rail isn’t just fatal in metaphor.
Here’s my favorite part of the story:
“The train in front of us had stalled and that was the extent of it, then the power went out, no air, people were passing out, throwing up,” said CTA rider Jay Miller. “Just happy to be out of there.”
CTA personnel then attempted to re-board passengers onto the train, but failed to do so, Huberman said.
Hm. I can’t imagine why CTA passengers would refuse to “re-board” a stalled, airless, dark subway car that stank of vomit. The nerve of some people.
Thanks to Slog tipper Terry.