Waiting for the CTA bus: frustrations bubbling up in animation

Here’s an animated video created by Matt, a CTA Tattler reader: “I have often been incredulous at the inconsistency of the CTA fleet of
buses,” Matt wrote “I have lived here for a year, and would like to SOLVE problems. But until I do…. I made an animation that makes light of the problem here.”

YouTube description:

Meet Gary, a mealy-mouthed Chicago commuter on the breaking point during
another cold winter of undependable public transit service. Watch him
as he mumbles to himself, provokes other passengers, and berates the
bumbling bus driver, Henry. Listen to the good music!


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  • If he has only been here a year, this is a hack, because he has a picture of a bus that was retired for 14 months, and inside with a sign that was replaced about 7 years ago.

    Hence, this cheap animation is not worth sitting 4 minutes through.

  • You really need to lighten up. This is for FUN! This is not a video meant to depict which buses are currently in service at the CTA.

  • Agree that the video is fun, but the "I've been here for a year" comment does raise my "you damn kids...back in my day" hackles. CTA is nowhere near perfect, but things have improved. Bus Tracker has helped enormously, if only to remove the existential threat of an interminable wait.

  • In reply to marthat3:

    I'll vote for that.

  • In reply to marthat3:

    You know Martha, I considered that fact that things have improved in the last five years and almost didn't post this.

    But it's also a fact that in the year Matt has been here, bus service was cut 18%, and thus there are longer waits for buses. It's just a fact. Not everyone has Bus Tracker, and even if they do, it sometimes fails.

  • In reply to marthat3:

    This is why we can't have nice things.

  • In reply to marthat3:

    it is a bit long. the animation is cheap. it does feature outdated bus. Bus tracker is helpful, even when it displays bad news ("delayed", or "35 minutes")... it was meant to make light of folks who can't deal with "bogged down" buses; unlike us, who will stick with CTA through thick and thin. I've only been here a year, but I'm counting down the days until I'm a senior and can ride for free. That's my dream.

  • In reply to mrfun:

    Did you hear that free rides for seniors was appealed by the state legislature? You can ride for half fare though as a senior citizen.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    The word's repealed, and Mister Fun can still strive to be poor enough to get the Senior Citizen Circuit breaker tax benefit and thus free rides.

    Of course, he will be paying for the rest of us for many years, if he's young enough, and maybe by then his children will repeal the rest of it.

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