Just when you thought it wasn’t physically possible for me to be more of a bad ass, I jump a train!
Alright, more like carefully walked through the CTA train car, but still.
Last week I crossed off the first item from my bucket list (which you can check out on the page up top marked…bucket list), crossing through to another CTA car while the train was moving. I’ve seen people do it a hundred times, but was too afraid to take the plunge. Occasionally I’d eye the CTA door that leads to the next car, plotting my move, but I’d always chicken out.
I told my coworkers about it last week, and one of my coworkers who also takes the same line laughed and said she’d take me through next time we were on the train together. THEN FATE STRUCK! Two days later, were on the train Friday evening heading home. I started asking her how you go about opening the door and before you know it she was up and heading for the door! I followed as she flung the door open. We were underground and the made a turn AS WE WERE BETWEEN CARS. I AM SO COOL. Thanks to my cool coworker anyway.
Here is a video reenactment of what it was like. Minus the helicopter.
I remember doing this when I was in college. Then I moved to the burbs and rarely rode the L, but I rode the Metra all the time, and it’s much easier to go between cars – the conductor has to do that to collect tickets, so passengers do it all the time. But, now that I’m back in the city and riding the L again, I am also too chicken to go between cars. Luckily I don’t have a reason to do so (such as annoying passengers). Plus I feel like the STOP EMERGENCY USE ONLY signs are a new thing (well, in the past decade) and the whole thing seems much scarier.
That’s what kept me from crossing! Those stop signs made me afraid the conductor would call me out on it or an alarm would sound. My plan was to say I was trying to learn how to escape in case of an emergency situation! Luckily it didn’t come to that. =D