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Is RedEye the "New" CTA Tattler?

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

scale6When ChicagoNow debuted in May 2009, Chicagoist called CTA Tattler one of the site's most notable blogs. Predating ChicagoNow by several years, CTA Tattler came with a built-in reputation as the Windy City's go-to online source for transit news. So why for the past several months has RedEye's Going Public column been beating the Tattler at its own game?

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Navigating Oprah Winfrey's Michigan Avenue Closure on CTA

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

oprahctaWhether you're an Oprah Winfrey fan or not, if you're traveling through downtown Chicago and the Near North Side over Labor Day weekend and the first workday to follow, chances are you'll be significantly impacted by Winfrey's two-and-a-half-day closure of North Michigan Avenue--Chicago's most important transit bus corridor--to tape the season premiere of her talk show. If you're a CTA rider--and heaven knows you should be this weekend--here's what you should know about the detours.

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Urbanophile Blog Says Chicagoans Don't Want Better Transit

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

urbanophileLocal urban-affairs blogger Aaron Renn says there's a very good reason Chicago doesn't have a world-class transit system: it doesn't want one. Recently on his The Urbanophile blog, Renn began a multi-part series examining why Chicago never seems to be able to get its act together to plan, build, and maintain innovative public-transit infrastructure the likes of which other world cities have enjoyed for years. Even though Chicagoans love to complain at length about the CTA, could it be we actually think the agency is doing a good-enough job?

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Blog Debate: Should the CTA President Get a Pass on Driving to Work?

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

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--Read a wonderful Sun-Times editorial from Tuesday chastising CTA President Richard Rodriguez for driving to work.

--Read CTA Tattler's rebuttal, saying "family values" make it OK for Chicago's top transit honcho to drive to work.

Yesterday on Chicago Carless, I published a video post calling out Chicago Transit Authority president Richard Rodriguez for his recent decision to continue driving to work every day to his top job at the nation's second-largest public transportation agency. He refuses to commute by CTA bus or 'L' in order to have more time with his kids in the morning. And the Windy City's top transit blog, CTA Tattler, is defending Rodriguez's decision.

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