Here are some CTA stories in the news recently:
Free transfers between Lake and Washington stations. In conjunction with the shutdown of the Red Line south for track reconstruction, the CTA decided to allow free transfers between Lake and Washington stations on the Red and Blue lines. Transfers are via the Pedway in the lower level of the Block 37, connecting to the Randolph-Washington mezzanine at each station. A farecard is required for free transfer via the Pedway - which is open 24 hours. Customers without a farecard, or needing an accessible transfer, should transfer between the Red and Blue lines at Jackson station.
A CTA spokesperson said the agency has been considering this move for awhile, but decided to do it now since maps and other signage were being updated due to the Red Line south construction project.
Ex-CTA tech chief rejoins agency after helping Cubic with Ventra project. The CTA's former vice president technology management has rejoined the agency as VP of technology. That news probably wouldn't merit headlines, except for the fact that John Flynn is coming from Cubic Transportation System, the company the CTA is pay $454 million to roll out the Ventra contactless transit card this summer. When he worked for the CTA from 2000 to 2008, Flynn helped develop the CTA's Chicago Card payment system, the Tribune reported. The decision to rehire Flynn does not violate the CTA's conflict of interest policy, a CTA spokesperson told the Tribune: "CTA's ethics policy governing post-employment only applies to individuals leaving CTA to go to another position outside the agency, not coming to CTA.''
How to get your bike you left at closed CTA station. Customers who left their bikes at now-closed Red Line South stations are encouraged to call (888) YOUR CTA or to email Customer Feedback at transitchicago.com (look for the "contact us" link) and provide a photo or detailed description of their bike and make arrangements to pick it up. The CTA says about 15 bikes were left behind after stations closed, and they are safely locked up at headquarters waiting to be returned to their rightful owners.