RTA uses humorous ads to urge Chicagoans to "Ride On"

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On the same day last week that the RTA announced the dire news that the Chicago area’s three transit agencies need more than $36 billion over the next 10 years in capital improvements, the RTA launched a multi-year marketing campaign to improve public awareness and perception of public transportation, and to attract new transit riders. The “Ride... Read more »

CTA capital needs top $22 billion over next 10 years

The Chicago areas three transit agencies need more than $36 billion over the next 10 years in new equipment and infrastructure improvements, according to a Regional Transportation Authority study. And the CTA accounts for 62 percent of these capital needs, or more than $22 billion. From the news release: According to the report, transit providers... Read more »

CTA bids formal farewell Wednesday to 2400 Series rail cars

After nearly 40 years of service and millions, the CTA on Wednesday will formally say good-bye to the 2400 Series rail cars, as they make their last runs on the Brown, Red and Green lines. The cars were first put into service in 1976, when the country was celebrating its bicentennial. The cars were delivered... Read more »

Ridiculous "squirrel truth" ads to entertain on CTA Red Line soon

Some “ridiculous” ads soon will be coming to the Red Line after a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise $4,000 to pay for them. The money will fund ads from the Chicago Transit Project in about one in four Red Line rail cars. This is what I wrote about the ads back in July while the... Read more »

Your No. 1 CTA annoyance: Standees who block doors

You have spoken. You told us that people who stand in the doorway of L cars and buses and block the doors annoy the hell out of you the most. Last week I asked you to take a quick poll about what annoys you most on the CTA. More than 350 of you took part... Read more »

Beggars, shell game, stinkers: An awful CTA Red Line trip

Last week I was making my way downtown on the Red Line, heading to a job interview. I was trying to get into a zone without much luck. First, there was the beggar who came from the other car. He was asking riders for a dime – 10 cents! I was thinking he should have... Read more »

CTA Courage Campaign: Flash mob video discourages harassment

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The folks behind the CTA Courage Campaign posted a video recently depicting harassment on the Red Line, and asking people to have the courage to speak out against it. The Courage Campaign is trying to raise money for CTA ads that “advocate respect for all while using public transit.” Read a DNAinfo Chicago story about... Read more »

CTA annoyances: Tell us the worst in quick poll

We all have our CTA pet peeves. What’s yours? Take this quick poll and let us know why in comments. poll by twiigs.com ————————– If you like this post, please like my Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter and Instagram. And, never miss a post! Subscribe now to receive CTA Tattler via email. Type your... Read more »

CTA continues free ride tradition for New Year's Eve

Stay away from your car on “amateur” night and ride the CTA for free on New Year’s Eve and going home on New Year’s morning. In continuing a long tradition, the CTA is partnering with Miller Coors to offer free rides on all trains and buses starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday through 4 a.m. on... Read more »

CTA’s Holiday Bus – All you love about Holiday Train, only smaller and stuck in traffic on Western

This is a CTA Tattler guest post by Martha. Don’t let the possibly Grinchy headline mislead you. The Holiday Bus is nothing but magic. Compared to all the other buses on the #49 Western route, let’s leave it to Petula Clark to explain: “How can you lose? The lights are much brighter there. You can... Read more »