Branson takes Virgin ride on Blue Line; 2 riders reap ticket benefit

Sir Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Airlines, rode the Blue Line from O'Hare Airport Wednesday,. and surprised two CTA passengers with free flight vouchers.

The delighted commuters, Chicago residents Jenny Oshenon (center) and Amy Peters, were the "only two regular folks who got on his train car," the Sun-Times reported.

Virgin Airlines ads dominated the Blue Line rail car, and a press release notes that the "airline is encouraging passengers to use the CTA trains."

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  • I bet that car didnt smell like a hobo's underwear.

  • In reply to boofoochoochoo:

    I guess we don't need no airport express then.

    However, the article itself doesn't explain what time of day it was, and while the turnstile area (misspelled in one of the captions, but, hell, journalism school says you can make up new words) and platform were crowded, there were only "two regular passengers" in the car. I guess all the rest of the people on the platform were going to the Forest Park branch.

    Maybe, some day the Tarzahy dog will ride in one of the Target wrapped cars.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack- It was coming from O'Hare (the first stop) so most non-residents get on in the 6th through 8th cars, or if you're like me and get off at Belmont and will tolerate the crowds for convenience... most city residents and regular riders will walk further down the train towards the front because theres tons of seats and because its closest to most exits on the Blue Line.

  • In reply to ibright05:

    Looking back at the S-T gallery, you are right.

    I guess all the people through the "turn style" were his entourage. I hope they all paid their fares.

  • In reply to ibright05:

    I would've been more impressed if he gave everyone in the train car a free flight voucher.

  • In reply to ibright05:

    "Turnstyle" was a discount retailer back in the day. Think of it as a forerunner of Target. The name was presumably meant to reflect a combination of the turnstile--a feature of the typical big-box store entry before electronic security devices were invented--with an emphasis on style. Funny how many journalists and marketers remember the brand rather than the generic noun.

  • In reply to jack:

    While I didnt meet Sir Richard Branson, I did receive a RT ticket on Southwest three years ago on a class field trip on the Orange Line to Midway. I used it to go visit a high school friend who was going to grad school out near Dallas for xmas. Best ticket ever.

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