Just one day after I wrote my first post on the CTA here in Chicago I was exiting one of the shiny new stations that the CTA has been blowing my hard-earned dollars on. Apparently, the station is too shiny. It was a rainy day and I was descending from the train platform. As soon as I hit the bottom of the steps I saw they guy right in front of me nearly do a face-plant on the flashy marbled floor.

More than one hundred years in the mass transit business and the CTA cannot even select the right flooring. Concrete may not be all that pretty but at least it’s not a lawsuit magnet.

The coup de grâce came as I was exiting the station. The attendant began shouting over the public address system: “Passengers enterring the station be careful. The floors are slippery when wet.”

2 Responses to “Slippery When Wet”
  1. Jean-Baptiste Tréglos says:

    Hehe, I know what you mean… It seems architects like shiny surfaces, but never plan on walking on it – especially when its wet ! BTW, its “coup de grâce”, not “coup de gras”, which literally means “the blow from the fat” ;)

  2. Peter Schuh says:

    Thanks for the correction!

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