CTA Could Change Seating Policy for Pregnant Women

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013  |  Updated 4:31 PM CDT
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Pregnant women could soon be included in the list of those entitled to “priority seating” on the Chicago Transit Authority.

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Pregnant women could soon be included in the list of those entitled to “priority seating” on the Chicago Transit Authority.

The CTA is reportedly considering making their policy for giving pregnant women priority seating more uniform after a concerned rider brought up the issue at a board meeting last week.

Erin Fowler suggested CTA announce that riders should give up their seats to pregnant woman, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.

CTA President Forrest Claypool also said he believes women in the late stages of pregnancy should be accommodated, the Tribune reported.

Federal law requires priority seating be designated for the elderly and riders with disabilities, but expectant mothers are not included in the list.

The CTA’s priority seating isn’t always concrete, however.

Several riders, including one at last week’s board meeting, have reportedly complained about strollers in priority seating areas.

The CTA has reminded riders to “fold your stroller in the event that a bus or train becomes crowded, in order to make room for others.”
 

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