Apply to help CTA test the new Ventra app

The CTA is looking for a few good testers to put its soon-to-be-released Ventra app through its paces. Apply here. And read about what the app will look like. I think the CTA has learned its lesson on mandating thorough testing after the botched Ventra card rollout ————————— If you like this post, please like my... Read more »

Nifty Ventra app gives web tools on app, plus sells Metra tickets

Home screen for the smartphone Ventra app.
A nifty new Ventra app allows CTA riders to check and add value to their Ventra cards, as well as buy “virtual” Metra tickets. CTA and Metra officials demonstrated the app Friday, and put out a call for volunteers to help with final testing before the app is formally released in May or June. Using... Read more »

Did you hug your favorite CTA worker today?

OK, so maybe that would be creepy to hug your favorite CTA worker. But did you at least thank him or her today? March 18 is Transit Employee Appreciation Day, according to the Regional Transportation Authority, which encourages us to “recognize the contributions of the hard-working public transit employees.” And all it takes is a... Read more »
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Online petition launched as latest salvo in CTA "stroller wars"

Moms and dads pushing strollers onto CTA buses have launched another salvo in the CTA “stroller wars” – an online petition that seeks approval for strollers to be parked by seats marked for wheelchairs on buses and trains. The petition specifically asks that: Young children are allowed to remain in strollers for the duration of... Read more »

New CTA projects begin Monday - among 8 set for this year

Two of the latest CTA and CDOT construction projects are both slated to begin on Monday. When you add in the next phase of the Blue Line project set to begin in the fall, that’s eight total construction projects this year, either underway, planned or completed. So you can’t say the CTA is just sitting... Read more »

CTA riders hit the rails for record, at the price of bus ridership

Ridership on the CTA’s eight rail lines in 2014 rose to more than 238 million – a record high since the agency began recording ridership in 1961. However, overall bus ridership fell in 2014 by 8 percent – an expected outcome as Red Line South riders returned for a quicker, smoother ride after a five-month... Read more »
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CTA Brown, Yellow lines have highest, lowest nearby household incomes

The folks at You Are Here recently released an interactive map of the CTA’s eight rail lines showing the median annual income of households within half a mile of each station. Interesting stuff. Here are some key takeaways. The Brown Line has the highest median household annual income at $84,030, just slightly ahead of the... Read more »

L-epathic: A man struggles with his telepathic powers on the CTA L

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Here’s a fun video by a friend of mine. It’s called “L-epathic”: A man struggles with his telepathic powers that seem to occur only while riding the L train. Shout-out to OddMedia Productions and Jon Rivera and crew. ————————— If you like this post, please like my Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter and Instagram.... Read more »

Purple Line traffic to slow Red Line south for a year

This weekend the CTA’s Wilson station reconstruction project will kick into high gear when workers begin demolition of the southbound Purple Line tracks at Wilson. That means Purple Line trains starting March 9 will share the track with Red Line trains heading southbound for a year. Purple Line trains will switch to Red tracks just... Read more »
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How CTA can improve Twitter engagement; follow example of other agencies

You may have read that the CTA has lots of haters on Twitter because it doesn’t really engage much with its followers. The CTA admittedly uses its Twitter channel to give riders service information such as bus reroutes or train line delays. But it really wouldn’t take much to give a little more and interact... Read more »