CTA Brown Line Train Has Unusual Passenger: A Pigeon

Steve Miller
July 15, 2019 - 5:34 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The CTA confirms an unexpected passenger caused a brief delay on the Brown Line Monday morning.

It's not always easy to get a seat on the L. But there, on one of those Brown Line single seats, was a pigeon.

Someone snapped a photo of it, sitting on the chair, flanked by two seemingly oblivious passengers.

It was on Twitter and the CTA responded: "We cannot confirm if the bird has paid its fare, however we're currently checking its account."

Later, upon questioning by WBBM Newsradio, the CTA took a closer look and replied:

"We are happy to report that upon reaching its destination at Armitage the pigeon safely alighted the train."

The CTA says there was a 5-minute delay while the operator shooed the bird off the train.