Chicago's Public Transportation System Introduces Safety Campaign

Due to unsafe walking and falling on the tracks, the CTA has introduced a rail safety campaign aimed at reducing accidents and death

As Chicago locals know, people walk on or even fall on the CTA (the above-ground rail system) tracks all the time. According to the Chicago Tribune, the CTA has decided to take preventative measures by rolling out a redoubled rail-safety campaign.

According to the article in the Chicago Tribune, there have already been seven deaths in 2013 and 50 deaths in recent years. Though some deaths are a result of intoxication, joking around or trying to retrieve an electronic device, others are simply a result of standing too close to the edge or looking for the train to arrive.

The majority of the deaths occur from people being struck by trains. However, about a fifth of deaths come from electrocution on the tracks. And though seven people died so far this year, there have also been 205 reports of individuals being on the right of way. In addition to being dangerous, this also slows down the CTA’s travel time, inconveniencing all of its riders.

The new safety campaign features posters that say, “Stay off the tracks. It’s not worth your life.” There is also a poster with a picture of a man leaning that says, “Don’t worry, it’s coming.” According to the article in the Tribune, officials hope these posters will make Chicagoans realize that trying to rescue a dropped cell phone just isn’t worth it.

For more information, visit: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-09-16/news/ct-met-cta-rail-safety-0916-20130916_1_cta-tracks-cta-rolls-cta-riders

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