Here are a few CTA news items from the last week.
Dead seniors still riding for free. At least their friends and
relatives are, according to a joint Fox Chicago News and Better
Government Association investigation. From the report:
“RTA spokesperson Diane Palmer says the agency recently completed a
review of more than 400,000 seniors ride free cards. And found 3,000 of
the cardholders had died.” And the RTA is acknowledging the problem. As many of us here have said, dump the free
rides for senior citizens and go back to half-price rides.
Maybe those viaducts aren’t so bad after all. One of the items on my CTA holiday wish list is to “Repair crumbling viaducts, especially north of Montrose.” Now we learn that maybe we don’t have to worry so much. At least for now. A Tribune report notes that because the viaducts were originally built to carry much heavier steam locomotives, the viaducts are still standing today.
Car meets train; car loses. The Tribune photo below is stark proof that a car should never challenge a CTA train. As Cheryl mentioned in her comment yesterday, it’s bad enough that the car driver was injured, but what about the psychological damage to the motorman?