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CTA deals well with cold and snow, unlike Boston

When Chicago was hit with almost 20 inches of snow on Super Bowl Sunday, the CTA rail system kept moving, even the six rail lines that don’t run overnight. The CTA ran cars on those lines to clear now in preparation for the Monday morning commute on Feb. 2. Meanwhile, Boston has been hit with... Read more »

Delivery of next generation of rail cars delayed till 2019

After rejecting bids from two rail car manufacturers, the CTA announced delivery of the 7000 Series cars will be delayed until 2019. They were originally expected in 2016. The first order will be for 200 rail cars instead of 100. Increasing the order size should prompt more manufacturers to bid and thus make bidding more... Read more »

CTA Tattler on hiatus for a week

Faithful readers, I need a little break. I will be back June 1 as my wife and I celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary this coming week. Thank you for your patronage! See you next month.

Nearly 100 buildings would be razed to build preferred Red Line south extension

Almost 100 residential buildings could be torn down if the “locally preferred alternative” for the the Red Line south extension were to be built. That’s what the CTA revealed at a community meeting Tuesday night. More than 250 total land parcels would have to be acquired for the “preferred” extension alternative. From the CTA website:... Read more »

On the passing of my Mom, and a life well-lived

My Mom passed away today. She was 83. Honestly, I’ve never really much liked the euphemism “passed away.” Now I’ve changed my mind. The idiom is particularly appropriate for people in hospice care, where Mom had been for nine days. Hospice care is geared to help people – both the ill and their families –... Read more »

CTA doubles hiring of vets; Cubic continues to meet Ventra performance standards

Here are two CTA news items you may have missed last week. CTA doubles hiring of military veterans: The Chicago Transit Authority more than doubled the number of U.S. military veterans hired by the agency in 2013. Last year, the CTA hired 194 military veterans, bringing the total number of veterans working for the agency to 353.... Read more »

Please don't lean against the door; here's why

Please don’t lean against the door. Not much more to say. Click image for payoff. Hat tip to Andrew. ——————— If you like this post, please like my Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter. And, subscribe now to receive CTA Tattler via email. Type your email address in the box and click the “create... Read more »

CTA Ventra mess makes good fodder for Tribune cartoonist

I don’t often see Chicago Tribune cartoonist Scott Stantis editorialize via cartoon about the CTA. But last week was  such a mess and so special that he did it twice! This first one appeared on Tuesday, Oct. 8, after thousands of riders flooded the Ventra phone lines on Monday trying to activate their Ventra cards.... Read more »

CTA to test Ventra card in August; full rollout set for September

The secret is out: Select CTA and Pace customers will test the new Ventra payment system beginning in August, the CTA announced today. All customers can begin using the Ventra card – or their own contactless bank card – in September. Through the fall, riders will be able to use the old fare media, including... Read more »

Please sponsor my head shaving for St. Baldrick's pediatric cancer research

Please sponsor my head shaving for St. Baldrick's pediatric cancer research
I am getting my head shaved on my birthday, March 30, for St. Baldrick’s Day. Will you sponsor me? Every dime you give goes to help cure pediatric cancer. I am trying to raise $1,000. Any amount helps. Give $10 – $25 – $50 – $100. Anything you give will help me reach my goal.... Read more »