CTA Holiday Train debuts on Green Line this weekend

Want to start off Black Friday with the CTA’s venerable Holiday Train? Head to the Green Line. Well, the Holiday Train actually starts from the Midway yard on the Orange Line at 3:07 p.m. Friday and then follows the Green Line route from Roosevelt to Harlem. Check the schedule for Friday. Saturday begins with a... Read more »

CTA's new Holiday Bus joins Holiday Train for good commuting cheer

The CTA Holiday Train is a longtime and beloved tradition for commuters and families alike. There’s really nothing quite like the surprise on people’s faces when the Holiday Train comes rolling into the station. Now the CTA wants to spread good cheer on Chicago bus routes with the Holiday Bus, guided by the red nose... Read more »

Surviving Tuesday's hellish North Side CTA commute

A burned CTA bus sits in the 1400 block of Lake Shore Drive. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune)
If you were commuting via the CTA Tuesday morning from the North Side, chances are you were a bit late to wherever you were going. First, an early morning fire at the former Mulligan school, just south of the Armitage station, interrupted service into the Loop on the Brown and Purple lines. Fire crews shut... Read more »

Video: Riding the CTA Blue Line to O'Hare in HD

Here’s the second video in a series that the CTA is posting showing a time-lapse view of the ride to O’Hare from the view of the motorman. (If you are having trouble viewing the video below, go directly to the YouTube page. Very cool stuff. See the Red Line video from Howard to 95th Street.... Read more »

CTA cracks down on fraudulent use of free and reduced fare cards

The CTA is cracking down on fraudulent rides taken with free-ride and reduced-fare cards. Since October 2014, the CTA has collected more than 1,800 free and reduced-fare cards during the card-verification efforts. It estimates that the lost potential annualized revenue from the fraudulent use of those cards at $2.8 million. Last month is when the CTA... Read more »

Video: Driver's view of CTA Red Line from Howard to 95th

Now this is cool. The CTA this week posted to its Facebook page a time-lapse video of the entire length of the Red Line, filmed from the operator’s cab. ————————- If you like this post, please like my Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter. And, never miss a post! Subscribe now to receive CTA... Read more »

CTA beefs up hiring of veterans

On this Veterans Day, the CTA touted its own hiring records for veterans. In a press release, the CTA said it has hired 71 veterans so far this year. The CTA’s hiring efforts add up to 358 veterans hired since President Forrest Claypool 2012, when he signed an executive order that creates a veteran hiring... Read more »

70% of select Lakeview voters turn thumbs down on Belmont flyover

The voters have spoken, and they don’t think the CTA has justified the Belmont flyover project. At least, that’s the opinion of 583 out of 807 voters who weighed in on a referendum question on the ballot in three Lakeview precincts on Tuesday, according to a DNAinfo Chicago report. The referendum, while non-binding, signaled the... Read more »

CTA Belmont flyover fate subject of voter referendum

Some voters in Lakeview’s 44th Ward can weigh in on the CTA’s plan to build the Belmont flyover to speed traffic in and out of Belmont station. Voters in the 20th, 36th and 38th precincts on Tuesday will find this question on the ballot: Has the CTA sufficiently justified the $320 million proposed Brown Line... Read more »

Details on added CTA rail service; 2 electric buses added to fleet

As part of its 2015 budget announcement, the CTA noted it was adding trains to rush hour service on some lines. Here are the details. Some extra service already has been added in the last month. On September 29, additional rush-period service was added on the Red, Brown and Purple Lines: Red Line: 2 AM... Read more »