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Revenue and ridership down; details on how stimulus funds were spent

Here are some news items gleaned from reports presented at last week’s CTA board meeting. Revenue down, but so are expenses. Total revenue through July was about $860,000 lower than budgeted. But the good news is that expenses are about $1.5 million less than budgeted. Source. Ridership down for year. CTA ridership systemwide through August... Read more »

CTA Olympics ads on buses really annoy us

It’s a drowsy Monday morning on your bus commute to work. It’s no problem to tune out the canned announcements about the next bus stop and Bus Tracker. But you are rudely jarred back to full consciousness by the peppy announcements form the Chicago 2016 Olympics Committee. Since they began last week on buses only,... Read more »

News pickup: Fullerton station house to open; T-Mobile next up for subway use

Here are some CTA news items from the last few days and weeks that you should know about: Fullerton station house to open Saturday. The newly rehabbed station will open officially on Saturday, Sept. 12. It is 75 feet west of the current temporary entrance. The Belmont station house opened two weeks ago. That station... Read more »

CTA promises security cameras at all rail stations by next summer

The CTA board Wednesday OK’ed a $4.3 million contract to equip install security cameras at all rail stations by the end of next summer, with the first being installed at 17 stations on the Green Line by the end of the year. The Green Line has been hard hit this year by pickpockets and other... Read more »

CTA finishes Blue Line work north of Loop; focus now shifts south

The CTA has finished track replacement on about 20,000 feet of track from Grand to Division. Thus trains have resumed normal speeds from Clark/Lake to Division. The work was completed six weeks earlier than planned due to improvements in work sequencing, the CTA announced. Now the CTA shifts equipments and efforts to the south on... Read more »

Numerous CTA service changes effective next week

Some bus routes will add service, some will be eliminated, and some routes will change next week. Read about all those changes here. Oh yeah, and don’t forget about that minor inconvenience where Michigan Avenue is shut down for more than two days early next week. Thanks, Oprah! That’s the major event mentioned in this... Read more »

Should the CTA ban stinky people?

Honolulu is considering an ordinance that would make it illegal to “bring onto transit property odors that unreasonably disturb others or interfere with their use of the transit system, whether such odors arise from one’s person, clothes, articles, accompanying animal or any other source.” A violator could be thrown off  the bus and issued a... Read more »

Here's a breakdown of your ideas on how to improve the CTA

About two weeks ago I asked: “What would you do to improve the CTA?“ You responded big-time with well over 100 ideas, comments and observations. Now we want to give you a detailed report summarizing these ideas for improvements. In this case, “we” really means Tattler reader Ed Flam, who took the time last week... Read more »

How the CTA worked to help with arrest of person "stealing" radio airwaves

So, what really happened behind the scenes to intercept and eventually capture the fellow who “stole” CTA radio airwaves and sent out about 300 communiques? Here’s the story copied directly from the report given to the CTA board this month by President Richard Rodriguez: Today, I would like to recognize and commend several employees who... Read more »

CTA budget in decent shape, but ridership starting to slip

Here’s another in the continuing series where I read and summarize board reports so you don’t have to. At the halfway point through the year, the CTA is reporting that total revenue exceeds budget by about $6 million, while total expenses are about $30 million less than budgeted. That’s after some belt-tightening, layoffs, and furloughs,... Read more »