Here's a wrap-up of major CTA issues making news:
Phone thefts are way up. Thefts of iPhones, iPads and other electronic devices have increased more than 20 percent over last year, the Tribune reports. That's no surprise. What's surprising to me is that we passengers remain mostly oblivious to the threat of theft, with are eyes glued to our devices instead of our surroundings. Two basic tips (and more):
- Don't stand or sit near a door with an electronic device unless you are super vigilant of what's happening around you.
- Be mindful of anyone walking through the end doors of rail cars, especially in groups. I've said it before-and caught some flak for it- but only trouble goes through those doors.
As a side note, I love how the cops coined the new term "Apple picking." Quite a colorful and apt description.
Supreme Court upholds state capital expense bill. The CTA, Gov. Quinn and many others breathed a sigh of relief over the unanimous State Supreme Court decision Monday that the bill authorizing video gambling and other revenue sources to fund state capital budget needs was not unconstitutional. I won't get into the minutiae of the ruling and bill (find that here). All I l know is the CTA is counting on about $1.3 billion total out of the $31 billion total. Read my earlier coverage about how the CTA was planning to spend more $253 million this year, including security cameras and slow zone work.
Nice storm recovery? Most CTA rail lines experienced serious delays Monday morning during the serious flash thunderstorm. Service on the Red, Yellow and Purple lines was disrupted for a bit, with shuttle buses filling in. But all-in-all, I think the CTA did a good job. But I wasn't using CTA rail lines at the time. What do you think? How did CTA personnel do in communicating with passengers?