Metra billboard sparks grim interpretation on social media

  • A Metra billboard got some unexpected attention on Reddit.

    A Metra billboard got some unexpected attention on Reddit. Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times

Updated 9/28/2022 6:07 AM

For nearly three decades, millions of gridlocked motorists inching along the Ohio Street feeder ramp toward the Kennedy Expressway have glanced up to see a Metra billboard proclaiming: "Take the easy way out."

The idea that anyone would associate the sign with suicide never entered the consciousness of the commuter rail agency.


That changed on Monday when a user of the social media site Reddit posted a photograph of the sign in a forum along with a note that read: "Should've thought this through a bit harder."

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