Archive for 2011

Resurgence of CTA-involved "wilding" reported; Guardian Angels patrolling Red Line

New reports of “wilding” have resurfaced, with large groups of teens on Monday starting at the Red Line Chicago station and spreading out on North Michigan Avenue to wreak havoc. These details were posted on Chicago’s EveryBlock site based on police scanner reports. Further corroboration of the wilding could be found in comments on Second... Read more »

CTA year in review - Q4: 2012 budget with no fare increase; CTA enters social media world

The first Bus Tracker sign was installed in Kenwood. (Chicago Tribune photo by Zbigniew Bzdak)
Here’s the final installment in our look at CTA news in 2011, finishing with the last three months of this year. October: The CTA begins installation of Bus Tracker arrival info signs at bus shelters. The CTA appeared to be setting the stage – and the tone – for upcoming union negotiations in its announcement... Read more »

CTA year in review - Q3: Claypool promises better passenger communication; Blue Line derailment

This is CTA classy on the northbound Red Line. His Coors Lite is "hidden" in the thumb of his oversized thumbs-up souvenir. (Photo by CTA Tattler.)
Today we look at CTA news from the third quarter of 2011 July: The Illinois Legislature passed a law requiring the CTA, Metra and Pace to issue a single smart card that riders of all three transit agencies can use to pay fares. In one post, I noted three glimpses of Chicago oddities via the... Read more »
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CTA year in review - Q2: Claypool named CTA chief; taking the "L challenge"; non-union jobs cut

CTA President Forrest Claypool
Today we look at the CTA news and notes from the second quarter of 2011. April: The CTA got a grant to study bus rapid transit on Western Avenue. The Brown Line “derailed” just north of the Belmont near the junction. The CTA did a poor job of communicating about the accident to passengers. And... Read more »

CTA year in review - Q1: Train Tracker debut; big blizzard; Rahm elected

Today we start a four-part series chronicling the top Chicago Transit Authority stories of 2011. Today we review the first three months of the year. Over these first four days of the week we’ll cover one quarter of the year each day. January: The year started with a bang as the CTA debuted its long-awaited... Read more »

"Penny" rides are back for New Year's Eve on CTA

The CTA is continuing its tradition of offering rides for a “penny” from 10 p.m. Dec. 31 through 4 a.m. on Jan. 1 to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The word “penny” is in quotes because for all intents and purposes the rides are free. But the CTA is not allowed to offer free rides, so... Read more »
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Happy Holidays from the CTA - aboard the Holiday Train

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I love this video for the view from Santa’s sleigh. Happy Holidays from the CTA – and CTA Tattler. Today you can catch the Holiday Train on the Purple Line. And Thursday it takes its final voyage of the season on Yellow Line. Enjoy it while you can!

Coming attractions: Redbox movie vending kiosks at CTA rail stations

CTA riders at the UIC-Halsted stop on the Blue Line can rent movies from a Redbox machine. (Chicago Tribune photo by Brent Lewis)
After topping off their Chicago Card at CTA vending machines, riders at some rail stations can rent a DVD movie at a Redbox kiosk. The first of two kiosks were installed recently at the Wellington Station on the Brown Line and UIC-Halsted station on the Blue Line. And nine more will be installed at the... Read more »

Claypool's first big stumble: New CTA rail cars pulled from service

In what shapes up as Forrest Claypool’s first big test in his seven-month tenure at CTA’s helm, the CTA on Friday announced it was removing all 40 of the new Series 5000 rail cars from their debut service on the Pink Line. Details from the press release: In late November, CTA inspectors working at Bombardier’s... Read more »
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Claypool's first big stumble: New rail cars pulled from service

In what shapes up as Forrest Claypool’s first big test in his seven-month tenure at CTA’s helm, the CTA on Friday announced it was removing all 40 of the new Series 5000 rail cars from their debut service on the Pink Line. Details from the press release: In late November, CTA inspectors working at Bombardier’s... Read more »