The 5 Stages Of CTA Train Delay Grief
By Rachel Cromidas in News on Jan 21, 2016 3:59PM
via John W. Iwanski
Major delays on almost all of the CTA's train lines Thursday morning have some trains sitting on the tracks for 40-plus minutes—and slowly, ploddingly, driving late-for-work riders completely insane.
With little else to do besides vent about their predicaments on Twitter, these unlucky CTA riders are a case study in the stages and cycles of grief that a hapless public transit commuter is likely to go through while watching precious minutes of their life slip away on a frozen L-train platform or, worse, somewhere underground with patchy cell phone service.
@cta standing for 50 minutes counts as a significant delay. Would have been on time had I stayed on the red.— Don Bora (@dbora) January 21, 2016
"we are experiencing a delay and we regret this inconvenience." do you really cta— Katie Dzwierzynski (@kdzwierzynski) January 20, 2016
This @CTA brown line train is crawling but I'm SUPER thankful the conductor reopened the doors at the platform to let me in from the cold.— tankboy (@tankboy) January 21, 2016
I'm not sure what is more annoying right now: the actual brown line delay or how many times this conductor has apologized for it #CTA— Natasha Janic (@NatashaJanic) January 21, 2016
#CTA brown line conductor's constant abject apologizing for our long delay is starting to irritate me more than the delay itself.— Dan Erdman (@Midnight_Choker) January 21, 2016
3. Calling (Or Texting) Everyone You Know
4. Resigning To Your Dismal Fate
The train just kicked everyone off and told us to take the bus to wherever we have to go after a 20 minute delay, wtf lol? @cta— Jose Calvo (@SirBuckCalvo) January 21, 2016
5. Sweet Fantasies Of Revenge
Hey @cta, I'll be invoicing you for billable hours lost due to your negligent maintenance of the brown line and insufficient delay updates.— Mike Ponticelli (@MikeCelli) January 21, 2016
Did we miss a stage? Tell us how you feel at email@example.com. Is #CTApocalypse a thing yet?