Friday, December 16, 2005

Hey, bus driver, stop at the McDonald's drive-thru, OK?

Off the Tribune's website today:

... Starting next year, city and suburban buses will offer more space in the seat. The Chicago Transit Authority and Pace have ordered wider seats for the hundreds of buses that'll begin hitting the streets next year. Typically, bus seats are about 17 1/2-inches wide, according to industry officials. But the City of Big Shoulders can soon settle into some of the nation's biggest transit seats--18 inches wide.

You could call it a natural progression for a city that at least one fitness magazine recently ranked the fifth-fattest city in America. But you won't hear that from transportation officials.

CTA President Frank Kruesi said the wider seats reflect "growing support" for transit. Melinda Metzger, a Pace deputy executive director, said she thinks "people like a little more room in the seat."

Despite the carefully chosen words, transit officials said the seats were ordered primarily because of people's growing bottoms.

How about this idea for bus riders who find the seats too uncomfortably small? STAND!


Blogger GrandOverseerPickle said...

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1:18 PM  
Blogger GrandOverseerPickle said...

It's a knee jerk reaction to cater to the obese population. I have no problem with how big the seats are now, but the question is: How deep of a puddle of bum pee do the cta workers want to clean out?

And I hope they arent using the raised rider fares to pay for this. If anything, it should be used to train these horrible train drivers better and for maintenance on these squeaky trains that have always have a stupid equipment problem.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Molitor said...

Hey why are you censoring the blog? This should be an open forum no matter how offensive the comment is? (FYI It wasn't me that posted the comment....)

1:21 PM  
Blogger ap said...

The comment was deleted by the author of the comment, NOT by the author of the blog. I have no idea what the comment was, I never saw it.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Molitor said...

Cool, Now I can use this blog to promote hate.

#1 Hate -Stupid people

2:27 PM  
Blogger ap said...

don't get me wrong, I CAN delete people's comments ... if I want to ... so watch that hate speech

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Molitor said...

#2 Hate - Blogger Author threats

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the CTA can start selling On-Board snacks, like the airlines do these days. They can use the revenue from the pseudo-food to balance their budget and keep from raising fares!

4:30 PM  

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