Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Out of Service
I wanted to tell you about the extraordinary driver of bus no. 4125. It was last Wednesday morning on the 147 express. It's usually crowded and there are always opportunities for people to get testy, or noisy, or whatever happens with "the public."
This time there were two mothers with babies and strollers. And, an old black man struggling with an enormous suitcase. The seniors were angry about losing their seating area. The driver stopped. He helped the mothers collapse their strollers. (First time I had ever seen that.) He help position the suitcase. The seniors took their seats.
As the bus moved on to the express run on Lake Shore Drive, a very excited young fellow cried out: "I missed my stop! I missed my stop!" The driver calmly told him to wait. He turned off at Lawrence, let the man out, and immediately got back on the Drive. (First time I had ever seen that.)
When we got on Michigan Avenue and the mothers needed to get off, the driver helped with the strollers. By this time a passenger was willing to help by holding one of the babies.
When I got off at Washington, I saw a CTA dispatcher. I told him I wanted to pass along praise of the driver to the higher ups. He grumbled: "Call this number." When I got home, I called. "This number is out of service."
"Well", I thought: "Bus no. 4125 wasn't out of service. Not today."