Posts in category "CTA safety"

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 »

It must be "Bring Your Gun Week" on the CTA

I must have missed the memo. Apparently it’s “Bring Your Gun Week” on the CTA. At least that’s what you might think in hearing about two gun incidents on CTA buses in the last two days. First there were the passengers last week who got into a fight on a bus. A video shows the bus driver... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

More rail cameras lead to fewer thefts, assaults, CTA says

The CTA has completed installation of more than 800 cameras in rail cars, a security expansion that coincides with a 26 percent decrease in serious crimes in the first three months of 2014 across the transit system, compared with the same period a year ago. Between January and March 2014, the CTA says the number of crimes... Read more »

Ax-wielding man attacks CTA driver on bus, walks away

An ax-wielding man shattered the shield protecting the driver on a CTA bus Saturday, and then turned and calmly walked off the bus. He disappeared and was not found. The man bought the ax just minutes before at Chicago Coast True Value Hardware on Western Avenue, according to a DNAinfo Chicago report. The man boarded... Read more »
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What we know now about CTA Blue Line O'Hare derailment

Lots has happened since I last reported on the O’Hare Blue Line derailment. Here’s a synopsis of what we know: The 25-year-old motorwoman, Brittany T. Haywood, has been fired. She ignored two requests to appear at a disciplinary hearing. The NTSB has said she was traveling at 26-miles-per-hour when when woke up from having nodded... Read more »

Video shows Blue Line O'Hare escalator crash; motorwoman nodded off previously

In case you haven’t seen it yet, check out the horrific surveillance video of the CTA Blue Line train as it barrels into the station, hits the bumper stop, and seems to be catapulted up the escalator. Meanwhile, the NTSB interviewed the train’s motorwoman today. She was very forthcoming, and admitted that recently she overshot... Read more »

Don't be a CTA crime victim - pay attention

Regular CTA Tattler readers know that I often have warned readers about being more aware of your surroundings to keep safe from robbery, especially on trains. We’re all now just staring at our smartphones, head down, often wearing earbuds, paying no attention to what’s happening around them. That behavior makes you an easy mark for... Read more »
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Tips to prevent CTA phone thefts

CTA Tattler reader Celeste remind riders to be watchful and smart about smartphones. Here is her story: I thought I would send you a tip (and get an upsetting experience off my chest!). I was coming up the side staircase to the Ashland Green line stop, when I noticed a teenage boy coming up fast... Read more »