The CTA and its million-strong riders certainly faced many cold-weather-related challenges Monday. But at least it didn't suspend service on its key train lines as Metra did on Monday.
Metra canceled 27 trains on five rail lines during the evening rush hour, leaving thousands of commuters stranded in the subzero chill, looking for ways to get home. UPDATE: On Tuesday morning, Metra canceled another 26 train.
That would be like the CTA suspending service on the Red and Blue lines for an hour or so. In other words, crippling.
Still, as the headline to this post notes, it was no picnic riding the CTA today either. But at least trains and buses were moving, even if they were a little late.
Starting on Sunday, I got more than 30 "CTA Alert" emails about various rail problems. Most were related to frozen switches, doors or similar rail mechanical problem. On Twitter, the CTA sent almost 50 tweets in 24 hours, including info about bus problems.
Tuesday won't be much better, so be smart:
- Leave extra time for your commute.
- Dress well with no body parts exposed, except perhaps your nose and eyes.
- Use CTA tracker systems to get a better idea on when your train or bus will arrive.
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