Some Chicago Transit Authority-related news and notes:
While we wait for the CTA to get the kinks out of of real-time train tracker to rival its bus tracker, some chaps in London took the APIs of the London Underground and mashed-up an interactive map showing all trains and next arrival times. Of course, the CTA doesn't offer that info for trains as it does for buses. We'll look forward to the day we are so fortunate.
Artists wanted for Rogers Park viaducts. 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore is calling for entries from artists to design murals on five CTA viaducts: Columbia, Estes, Farwell, Greenleaf and
Pratt. Each winning artist will receive a $5,500 stipend. Hurry though. July 16 is the deadline.
Fireworks are on July 4. Did you hear the fireworks this year are on July 4, not July 3? Certainly the CTA and city are putting a lot of effort and money into letting us know about the date change. Don't forget to check out added service and review the special CTA rules for the day, if you're going via public transit.
Squeezing through at the Polk Red Line. This note comes from Robert about what he saw at the unmanned Polk Street Red Line entrance. And don't get any ideas about trying this on your own.
"I noticed three early [thin] twenty-something yuppie females slipping through the space between the east wall and the vertical turnstile/gate. So that's 3 non-paying passengers within seconds using the CTA for free. There are no customer assistants there, and I didn't see any closed-circuit cameras there (although knowing Daley there very well could've been one or two there). I would like to see how many 'freebies' have made it thru that side of the station. I'm sure word has gotten around to people who work/go to school in that South Loop neighborhood.
I sent an email to CTA about this oversight, they emailed me back that my message had been forwarded to the Red Line management team. We'll see what develops."
Get on it, CTA!