This past week, Chicago temperatures plummeted into record-breaking below freezing temperatures, dubbing the city with the nickname “Chiberia.” However, despite the “polar vortex” creating winter weather conditions foreign even to us in Chicago, many still needed to get on with their daily lives and get to their places of employment. Despite these below-freezing conditions, it is imperative that Chicago transportation companies, such as Metra and the CTA, take precaution to protect their paying customers from foreseeable dangers.
All week we heard on local media outlets from meteorologists and weather experts on the dangers and hazards this weather can bring. Because it was known how dangerous these conditions can be, transportation providers should plan ahead to make the commute as safe as possible. This can mean taking extra precautions and going above and beyond normal procedure, since they are aware of how dangerous the weather is. Despite changes in weather, commuters still deserve to feel safe in their travels to and from the downtown area.
However, according to Crain’s Chicago, 14 Metra passengers were injured when their train crashed at LaSalle Street Station as it arrived in Chicago. The train hit a bumping post as it pulled into the station, and six passengers were taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries.