This is the third installment of the Tattler's 2009 CTA news in review, focused on the third quarter.
July: The CTA admitted that passengers really didn't like the "max-capacity" train cars on the Brown Line very much. The CTA took delivery of the first of 58 new articulated hybrid buses. My brother Dan announced the relaunch of a better CTA Tweet. Readers gave lots of advice on "planning your CTA train entrance with and exit strategy in mind." After much passenger grousing, the CTA found some cash to extend the canopy roofs on the Belmont and Fullerton platforms. We saw for the first time the chilling CTA bus video that captured a killer's actions. The agency promised to fight harder against female harassment on trains and buses. And the CTA opened the last rehabbed Brown Line station on time.
August: Much ado about the CTA radio airwaves thief. CTA gets tough on distracted, celling drivers. I got the 411 on CTA complaints. ChicagoNow officially launched its network of blogs, and CTA Tattler was featured. There were 136 comments on my "what would you do to improve the CTA" post. We reported how a CTA bus buy delayed by lack of capital funds prompted layoffs at the bus manufacturer. The CTA announced plans to dump fare cards and accept "smart" debit and credit cards.
September: The city announced that Oprah's season premiere on Michigan would shut down 15 bus routes for two-and-a-half days. The CTA promised security cameras at all rail station by the summer of 2010. And the agency first announced plans to share Bus Tracker code with outside developers. Revenue and ridership were down for September. CTA Tattler gave a progress report on the first year of the real estate deal with Jones Land LaSalle. CTA Board Chairwoman Carole Brown resigned. The first of 10 new rail cars were delivered to the Skokie shop. And it didn't take long for Mayor Daley to name City Hall insider Terry Peterson as the new CTA board chairman.