CTA's California Blue Line station to close Thursday for 6-week rehab

California Blue Line riders have just over 24 hours to “enjoy” their beloved station before the CTA shuts it down for a six-week rehab project. I use quotes around “enjoy” because the station itself looks every bit of 119 years old – the station was first opened on May 25, 1895. So this rehab is... Read more »

CTA back to school: Free rides on first day; how to get reduced-fare student cards

For the third year in a row, Sun-Times Media Productions is sponsoring the CTA’sĀ First Day, Free Rides program. Last year, CTA provided more 147,000 free student rides on the first day of school and provided about 25 million student rides throughout the academic year. Students who are enrolled in school are eligible to receive discount... Read more »

Better economy = more tax revenue = higher CTA funding

Take a steadily improving economy, add in more unemployed people finding work, and what you get is higher funding for the CTA and other area mass transit agencies. And that also means less interagency fighting over previously scarce RTA funding dollars, according to a Sun-Times report last week: Regional Transportation Authority officials said they expected... Read more »

CTA making some progress on leasing rail properties

The space at Morse is for lease after a rehab in 2012.
The CTA is reporting some progress on leasing long-vacant storefronts and other station properties. But some locations that have been vacant for years are still proving to be hard sells. At its board meeting earlier this month, the CTA approved eight new concession leases at rail stations on the Brown, Green, Red, Orange, Purple and... Read more »

Security upgrades don't change how we feel about CTA crime: Tattler safety poll

A CTA Tattler quick poll shows that the recent safety upgrades by the transit agency haven’t really made much difference in how safe we feel compared to three years ago. A full 55 percent of the 630-plus readers who took the poll said they feel about the same as they did three years – that... Read more »

(What If God Was) On the Bus - CTA vintage video parody

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Yesterday I came across this 1990s-vintage video parody of some talented ladies singing about waiting for the #50 Damen bus, to the tune of “(What if God Was) One of Us.) What really makes it pertinent today is that things really haven’t changed too much. I suppose you might not have to wait so long... Read more »

Damen, California CTA Blue Line riders to endure station closures this fall

Improved Western station plaza
Blue Line riders will be “California Dreamin’ ” this fall – dreaming about what the California station will look like on Oct. 16 when it reopens after six weeks of extensive rehab work starting Sept. 4. Damen riders, on the other hand, will have to do more walking on a winter’s day, as their Blue... Read more »

News pickup: CTA Red Line extension preferred routes; transit deserts

Just a week after the Tribune published a story stating that about 10 percent of Cook County residents live in a “transit desert,” the CTA announced forward movement to eliminate a piece of that desert via the proposed Red Line Extension. The CTA on Sunday said that it has narrowed down to two preliminary options... Read more »

CTA slow zone report: Progress on Brown, Blue lines

Everyone hates CTA rail slow zones. Especially the CTA. Slow zones delay trains and cause people to complain. Slow zones are near the top of the list of complaints I get, and I’m sure for the CTA too. Fighting slow zones is a never-ending battle for the CTA, especially with a rail system more than... Read more »

How to get to Lollapalooza 2014 via CTA

With more than 90,000 per day descending on Lollapaloooza 2014 this weekend, the CTA and other mass transit options are definite;y your best bet. The CTA is extending rail line service to accommodate late Lolla-goers. Blue Line Friday: longer trains will operate to downtown until 11 p.m. Between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. trains will... Read more »