CTA's Claypool honors students who completed "L Challenge"

The "L Challenge" -- passing through all of the CTA's 144 rail stations in one day -- has now caught the attention of CTA President Forrest Claypool. On Tuesday he honored three young CTA riders who recently completed the challenge by giving mock station signs.

CTA Tattler recounted the journey by honorees Andrew Karas, Grace Flaherty and Ryan Faucher. Karas was the leader. “Andrew is not alone in his interest in the CTA and the region’s mass transit systems, but, along with Grace and Ryan, he did something not many people in the nation have done,” said Claypool.  “I am pleased to recognize them for such a unique accomplishment and am also excited to hear the young people’s thoughts about the CTA.”

Karas is a recent graduate of Lyons Township High School and spent his senior year taking a self-designed independent study about worldwide transit systems.  This study culminated in a research report regarding the history of railroads and development in Chicagoland, including a fantasy plan for transit improvements in the region.  At Tuesday’s meeting, Karas presented his report to Claypool. CTA Tattler has asked Karas for that report.

"Today’s recognition of Karas’ and Flaherty’s effort is part of the CTA’s effort to acknowledge riders who engage Chicago’s bus and rail transit system in unique and constructive ways," according to a press release.

We would be remiss if we didn't mention Adham Fisher, who inspired Karas. Fisher is a British rail enthusiast who has completed the London Tube Challenge. Fisher came to Chicago in March to complete the L Challenge, something he did in 9 hours and 36 minutes. Of course, Adham doesn't live here, so couldn't make it Tuesday's event, though the CTA did reach out to him about it.

 

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  • I guess Gump had nothing better to do, like combining silos, stopping the bleeding, and trying to find a funding source.

    This will be real important when you start having to shell out a base fare of $4.00.

  • Yeah, because doing a grip-and-grin with a couple of kids is what's really holding back Chicago mass transit.

  • In reply to vise77:

    It ain't helping.

    Now maybe doing a grip and grin with T.J. Ross or Ray LaHood might accomplish something. Even one with his good buddy at the RTA has a better chance than this.

    Of course, maybe there was no other way to get rid of two surplus signs. Heck, he could have put them on e-Bay.

    The Underground Challenge may have been news on the Tattler but someone barfing on the train and causing a delay is of more significance to the rider.*

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    *Someone tracks those on ChicagoBus.org, and apparently CTA puts out alerts on that.

  • In reply to jack:

    Or maybe you are just one of those people who, while full of reasonable ideas and honest motivations, doesn't understand the difference between constructive criticism that might lead to real improvement, and mere childish bitching about every little annoying thing under the sun. I read this blog everyday and between you and Scooter, you'd think you two would have solved the city's mass transit problems by now, given your obvious superior intelligence about every damn thing regarding the CTA.

    "The Underground Challenge may have been news on the Tattler but someone barfing on the train and causing a delay is of more significance to the rider.*"

    Perhaps you should put your mouth where your money is start your own blog that will present a better take of daily CTA happenings. What's stopping you, Jack? Certainly not a lack of time or knowledge.

  • In reply to vise77:

    "Perhaps you should put your mouth where your money is start your own blog that will present a better take of daily CTA happenings"

    Like that is going to make any difference.

    The only thing that would make any difference is if Emanuel realized that he appointed a total incompetent to run this agency.

    Blogs solve nothing. Ask "Ask Carole" about that.

    Meantime, you and Gump are the Neros who fiddle while the CTA burns. Take my word for it, it is burning financially. No blog can paint any other picture.

    So, vise, how are you going to fix that problem? Blog?

  • In reply to jack:

    "Meantime, you and Gump are the Neros who fiddle while the CTA burns. "

    Yeah, that's me. Because no one can possibly be as wise and caring about the issue are you are, right? I mean, it's not like I depend on mass transit, along with me own two feet, for everything in this city. Or have followed the issues in depth. Nope, just a dumb rube compared with you. You are the Messiah of the CTA, if only the heathen would listen.

  • If "blogs solve nothing" then I'd imagine posting childish comments that do nothing but complain, on a blog, isn't going to accomplish much either.

  • In reply to Nirvana91:

    I guess you should read what Nirvana91 posted, vise.

    I said in my preceding post what would accomplish something, and it was prefaced with the name Emanuel.

    However, I guess I'll pull out of this discussion, since bread and circuses is more important than exposing real problems.

    Good day...

  • In reply to jack:

    So, in other words, you are bitching just to bitch, to share the sound of your own digital voice. Well, I give you credit: Your particular form of self-entertainment is, at least, free and harmless. Me, I guess I have higher standards.

    See you on the El.

  • I hope the CTA keeps an eye on this kid, maybe have him intern or something.

  • High praise indeed.

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