Friday news pickup: CTA cameras help in robbery conviction; new Skokie station groundbreaking

Here are some CTA news items from the past week.

Addison Red Line video leads to jail for two. Video from cameras at the Addison station assisted cops in identifying and convicting two men for robbery, the CTA reports. Passengers who exited CTA trains were robbed after the left the station. The CTA last month finished installing at least one camera in every rail station.

Groundbreaking for Skokie station. The usual political dignitaries and CTA officials helped break ground Monday for a new station stop on the Skokie Yellow Line. The Oakton Street Station will be near the corner of Searle Parkway and Skokie Boulevard, just north of Oakton.

Titan’s woes not affecting CTA – yet.  Titan Outdoors, the CTA’s ad placement agency, has fallen behind on ad payments to Pace, but so far has kept its contractual promises with CTA, Crain’s noted Thursday. The CTA is due is minimum of $14 million this year from Titan. New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority dumped Titan early this year when it fell behind in payments by $20 million. Titan blamed the “depression of 2009.”

Weekend service changes. The Taste of Chicago, Gay Pride Parade and Green Music Fest are just three events wreaking havoc with bus routes and schedules this weekend. Details here.

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