Posts tagged "CTA safety"

Crime on the CTA: Evanston robbery; groping on Red Line

Here’s the first of an occasional post about recent crimes on the late Augusting to the Sun-Times Robbery at Evanston bus stop: “Someone took a victim’s wallet from his hand, removed the money, and threw the wallet on the ground at a bus stop at the Davis Street CTA station in the 1600 block... Read more »

Cops hunt for suspect in CTA Red Line groping case

Chicago police on Wednesday issued a community alert with the photo of a man suspected of groping a woman on a crowded CTA Red Line train early this morning. The man is described as  a white male, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, with possible blonde/light brown hair. Police released these CTA surveillance... Read more »

Quick poll: Do you feel safe on the CTA?

The CTA today released crime stats that showed big drops in most categories of transit crime in the first half of this compared to the same period in 2013. Robberies were down 35 percent, and thefts dropped 18 percent. But do you feel safe on the CTA? Take the quick poll below and let us... Read more »

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 »

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 »

Senior assaulted trying to exit CTA train by bully trying to board

There have been a number of occasions where I have written about a cardinal rule of train riding: Always let passengers disembark, then get on the train. When you don’t, bad stuff can happen – like this assault on a 72-year-old man (in his words). As we arrived at my stop, Clinton Street Station, a... Read more »