Posts in category "Altered states"

News pickup: Orange Line robbers charged; CTA, unions unite on "Build Chicago" initiative

Two men suspected of armed robbery on an Orange Line train last week have been charged in the case after their surveillance photos were blasted across the Internet. Police charged Michael Taylor with four counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. The other alleged robber was not named, but... Read more »

Talk to a stranger on the CTA subway - you'll feel good about it!

So really, when was the last time you talked to a stranger on the subway? And no, that time you were drunk coming home from the Cubs game on the Red Line doesn’t count. Now a recent research study suggests that maybe we should make the effort to talk a stranger on the subway, because... Read more »

Want some "ridiculous" ads on CTA? Support this Kickstarter project

Are you tired of CTA ads for Montana and Wisconsin? Or the ones soliciting research subjects for yet another mental illness project? You can fund a Kickstarter project so Ben Larrison can “buy ad space … so that I can put ridiculous stuff up in 100 CTA cars.” And what kind of silly stuff might... Read more »
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Dumb or Smarter? CTA Orange Line robbers caught on tape

It’s hard to say whether the alleged Orange Line robbers are real smart, or just plain dumb. So smart to be scoping out the route for a couple of hours before the attack. Smart that they knew the stretch between Halsted and Roosevelt was the longest on the route – seven minutes from station to... Read more »

CTA subway tunnel set for 4G wireless upgrade starting in November

The CTA has identified a company to upgrade wireless service in its subway tunnels to 4G and expects work to start by November. The CTA board is expected to approved the $27 million project this week The new service, which will take about a year to install, will replace the current 2G service in 22... Read more »

43 new species of subway weirdos found: Onion

A team of Columbia University anthropologists has identified 43 new species of weirdos living in the New York City subway system, according to an Onion report. These species sound remarkably similar to those observed habitating CTA subway tunnels, including “peculiar creatures [who] groom themselves, feign seizures, nibble on raw kale, scratch the same word exactly... Read more »
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It's raining rail fasteners! CTA Loop derailment causes unwelcome precipitation

So that was very odd. Steel rail fasteners came raining down on cars and pedestrians Tuesday night after a CTA Orange Line train derailed in the Loop, pulling out the fasteners and causing them to fall onto the street below. From the Tribune story: The curved steel fasteners slide into brackets that hold the tracks... Read more »

Kidney donor is twice the hero for helping woman attacked near CTA station

A man already a hero for donating his kidney to a friend is now twice the hero after helping a woman near the Forest Park CTA Blue Line station. In fact, Craig Mathis was heading home Tuesday from celebrating donating his kidney almost a year ago when he heard the screams of the woman. He... Read more »

Transit group art show to feature CTA disaster scenes

It’s not every day that I can combine my love of the CTA with my love of innovative art. We can all do that this weekend when Vertical Gallery presents TRANSIT, a group art show all about trains, subways & bridges. The show runs from June 7 to 28, with an opening reception from 6 to... Read more »
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CTA responds on "insufficient funds" message from Ventra card reader

In my post from Monday (CTA bus driver explains why he must ask for cash fare after 2 Ventra fails), I started out by noting that “there are two sides to every story.” Now the CTA has asked me to give their side of the story: The Ventra reader screens were upgraded earlier this year... Read more »