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CTA Chicago security questioned once more after conductor pushed onto tracks at Granville Purple Line cease in Edgewater

CHICAGO (WLS) — After a CTA Purple Line practice operator was pushed onto the tracks and injured on the Granville cease Monday night time, staff and commuters are questioning security on the CTA.

CTA tweeted about 8:40 p.m. that Ninety fifth-bound Purple Line trains have been standing at Granville in Chicago’s North Facet Edgewater neighborhood on account of an injured practice operator. Chicago police stated the male operator was about to renew service southbound when a girl requested him to assist retrieve a cellular phone that had fallen on the tracks.

He received off the practice to assist, and as he seemed on the tracks, he was pushed from behind onto them, police stated.
The operator didn’t make contact with the electrified third rail, CTA officers stated. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital for therapy in honest situation.

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CTA is working with Chicago police to establish a suspect, officers stated.

Nobody is at present in custody.

Final month, officers stated violent crime on CTA trains was up 28%, prompting CPD to assign groups of officers to public transit.

“Extra” safety guards have been additionally assigned to trains and buses and deployed seven days per week.

Total in 2022, crime on all CTA automobiles has jumped 41%. To date on trains in 2022, there have been 102 studies of theft, 89 studies of battery, and 63 studies of robberies, police stated.

Commuter Gunnar Sadowey stated he is simply bought a automotive to commute to his job in Edgewater, and is fed up with the Purple Line particularly.

“Simply lots of sketchy characters and I imply, simply need to stand away from individuals, and lots of screaming and yelling and folks getting in your face,” he stated. “Normal Chicago public transportation stuff.”

CTA asserted that total it’s a very protected system, saying in a press release “Although yesterday’s incident was a really uncommon incidence, we completely is not going to tolerate anybody searching for to hurt our workers.”

The practice operators union says the reply is to carry again conductors which have been reduce for budgetary causes within the late Nineteen Nineties.

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