How to replace expiring Ventra military service passes

Disabled veterans and active duty military personnel have to pull together pertinent documentation to replace expiring Ventra passes for free rides. All cards issued before August 2015 must be renewed by Dec. 1. To assist those with expiring cards, the CTA is hosting multiple renewal events beginning in October through early December. Nearly 11,000 active... Read more »

CTA opens new, accessible Clark-Division entrance on Red Line

The new Clark-Division Red Line station opened last week after more than two years of construction. The CTA and Chicago Department of Transportation first built a new accessible entrance at LaSalle, which opened in late June 2014. That’s when the Clark-Division entrance closed to remodel the mezzanine station and made it accessible. Major highlights of... Read more »

CTA "Platform of Love" sets stage for long romance

Last week I got an email out of the blue from a reader describing how she met the man who will be her husband on the “platform of love.” Unlike some of us, she says when she thinks of the CTA …. “It’s ALL LOVE!!” This is her story in her own words: I remember it... Read more »

New York rat yanks pizza slice down subway stairs; scampers before eating

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The Internet’s latest viral video shows a New York City rat determinedly dragging a pizza slice down the subway stairs at the First Avenue L train station. The rat apparently likes its pizza plain, though we couldn’t definitively confirm that. Matt Little, a comedian with the Upright Citizens Brigade, calmly shot the video on his... Read more »

Geeky CTA map: Chicago Table of "El"-ements

All you chemistry geeks out there will enjoy the Chicago Table of “El”-ements poster offered at the Chicago Tribune Store. The poster shows every current L stop arranged in the shape of the periodic table of elements originally designed by Dmitri Mendeleev. Every ‘El’ement contains the line color, stop name, stop symbol, the grid coordinate... Read more »

Cutler, other Bears players show the way to game via CTA

Embattled Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and four other Bears players can be heard on CTA bus routes near Soldier Field, the Red and Green lines and some other busy bus lines. The announcements from the players — Cutler, tight end Martellus Bennett, linebacker Jared Allen, cornerback Kyle Fuller and offensive lineman Kyle Long — are... Read more »

CTA continues Brown Line modernization with new signal project

With track work due for completion later this year on the Brown and Purple line tracks between Armitage and the Loop, the CTA board last week OK’ed a $33 million contract to replace signals in the same area. These projects combined will vastly improve the ride for the 700 trains that pass through the area... Read more »

Taking subway panhandling to its limits in New York

Part of the challenge of a CTA commute is dealing with panhandlers on trains. This video from New York City takes things a little far – humorously. // If You Ride The NYC Subways This Is A Must Watch. Posted by Yea_Mon on Monday, March 23, 2015 —————————– If you like this post, please like... Read more »

Move over! CPS students to tighten up space on CTA trains, buses

Tuesday marks the first day of school for almost 400,000 Chicago Public School students. That means that your summer respite is over from school kids crowding trains and buses. The CTA reports that more than 28 million reduced student rides were taken on CTA during the 2013-2014 academic school year. And on the first day of... Read more »

Jesse White Tumblers fly high at Rogers Park Back to School Picnic

The Jesse White Tumblers performed at the 49th Ward Back To School Picnic yesterday. Their agility and high-flying skills are phenomenal. —————————– 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 email address... Read more »