The Tribune is reporting that Metra will be banning bikes on Friday due to the Blackhawks parade.
If they are going to add bike cars (and they really should), it should be the one right by the locomotive. It's easier to tell passengers in the last car (that would be off the platform) that they need to move forward one car to exit than to try to deal with getting bikes off because the car is off the platform.
Frankly, they Metra blackout on bikes during rush and any date they feel like drives me nuts. They need to figure that out. As it stands now, if I want to ride in the city, I put my bike on the back of my car and guilt my way to my buddy's house to park.
It's been a long time, but I was once kicked off in the middle of a ride out to Geneva (to visit my grandparents in Batavia) because the conductor felt that the half empty car was too full to have a bike in it. I ended up in tiny little town along the route. I was so irritated that I called my uncle to come get me with his pickup. This was, of course, after they implemented the bikes allowed on trains rules.
I'd suggest that Metra fire its management team, but at $740k a pop, that could add up quickly.
Well you can use Metra...
Noah Weiss 1.2 km said:
And now CTA has blacked out bikes on Friday (Blackhawks parade) and Sunday (Pride Parade) for the whole day. Grr... I was planning on carrying my bike on the train on Sunday...
Although this is not a completely satisfactory solution, folding bikes (bagged) are permitted at all times.
The number of people killed each month on the public transportation systems of Cities such as Mumbai is staggering. One study says 3700 people per year (that's more than 10 per day). Another says 17 people EACH weekday. This is what happens when public transit and alternate transportation systems are allowed to decay.