Posts in category "CTA"

I Owe The CTA An Apology: The Red Line Is Amazing

The main entrance to the 63rd Street red line station.
I was not happy about the five month shutdown of the south branch of the red line. Specifically, I wasn’t happy about the way the decision was reached with zero input from the communities the shutdown affected. That foolishness still chaps my hide. Related Posts: The CTA’s  South Side Problem The CTA’s South Side Problem: ... Read more »

Blackhawks Fever: Chasing The Stanley Cup Is Best Left To Young(er) People

God my head hurts. And my mouth is dry.  And I have seemingly lost my will to live. All from attempting to find the Stanley Cup Tuesday night. After being the model of responsibility on Monday night and staying in to watch game six, I got the crazy idea in my head to attempt to... Read more »

CTA South Branch Red Line Shutdown: 47th Street Late Night Service Neglected

“I’m really not happy that the CTA is peeing on my leg and telling me that it’s raining.” -Artistmac Sometimes it’s nice to know that you’re not the only one who can see the forest through the trees. Fellow south sider Artistmac not only gives you his take of the CTA south branch red line... Read more »
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CTA South Branch Red Line Shutdown: Haven't We Been Here Before?

This south branch red line shutdown seems to be going well. At least according to all of the media reports I’ve been reading. I received an email from a reader in response to my red line shutdown tweets. Here’s what he had to say: @woodlawnwonder just now reading thru your tweets. CTA could have made... Read more »

CTA Red Line South Branch Shutdown: Sketchy Owl Service Information

I’m pretty good at this transit thing. Since I don’t own a car, I rely on public transportation to get me where I need to go. I frequently utilize the CTA/RTA trip planner tool to get out to the suburbs.  Sometimes it has glitches in its plan and may not give you the most direct... Read more »

The CTA Fare Hike Wouldn't Be Necessary If They Signed A Reality Show Deal

Mayor Emanuel and CTA Board, I’ve found the solution to your budget woes.  A fare hike wouldn’t be necessary if you inked a deal with a production company for a reality show about the CTA. Think about it. I’m fairly comfortable in the assumption that most of you all don’t ride the CTA very often... Read more »
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A Big Girl Saves The Day

I am not a small woman. Even when I weighed less, I wasn’t what anyone would describe as small.   And you know what?  I’m okay with that. I take up space.  I exist.  You see me.  I stopped being uncomfortable with that notion a long time ago.  Professional volleyball player Gabrielle Reese sums it up... Read more »

Seven Deadly Sins: Anger - "Gun Violence In Chicago"

I am seething with anger over all of this shooting. On Sunday a man was shot in the head two blocks south of my home.  Yesterday five people were shot in the vicinity of a South Shore Currency Exchange. The gun violence in this city is out of control.  Scratch that—gun violence in Chicago was... Read more »

How To Avoid Becoming A Victim of Random Gun Violence

Apparently there are gang confrontations erupting all over the south side. The one that’s of interest to me is the one at 67th & Blackstone.  That intersection has had three shootings already this summer. Yet one can never anticipate when or where deadly violence may occur.  The old rules dictated that violence usually didn’t happen... Read more »
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The CTA's Bustracker Technology and The Gang War At 67th and Blackstone

67th and Blackstone may be only a few blocks away from my home but it often feels like it’s in another world. Last night, around the time I was coming in, a drive by shooting critically wounded a female bystander near that intersection. If the story had not been in the news this morning, I... Read more »