Archive for June 2011

What would you like to ask CTA Prez Claypool?

If you had the undivided attention of CTA President Forrest Claypool for one hour, what would you ask him? CTA Tattler will get that chance next week, and I want to ask him some questions that are on your mind, too. So fire away in comments. And as I noted in my earlier post today,... Read more »

Welcome to ChicagoNow 2.0 - and CTA Tattler 7.0

Welcome to newly redesigned ChicagoNow family of blogs – and to CTA Tattler in particular. On June 10 I celebrated my seventh year blogging on all things seen and heard on the CTA. Plus, it’s been two years now with ChicagoNow. I’m proud to be one of the first bloggers here back in the summer... Read more »

Fireworks rules: Leave your bike at home, fold your stroller

In years past, I wrote about the fireworks rule for the big day: July 3. This year I write about the CTA special fireworks rules for two smaller days: Saturday and Monday – July 2 and 4. And the fireworks are at Navy Pier both nights, not by Grant Park. Oh well, times change, and... Read more »

CTA's Claypool sharpens his budget ax, whacks 54 non-union jobs

CTA President Forrest Claypool After being on the job for a scant six weeks, CTA President Forrest Claypool already has cut 54 non-union jobs, saving about $7.6 million in salaries and benefits. And that’s just a start. Claypool yesterday announced a total budget whack of $15 million annualized.  And of those 54 jobs cut, 26... Read more »

Train Tracker screens at Red Line's Sox-35th hide among gobs of advertising

The Sox-35th station on the CTA’s Red Line is now so inundated with advertising screens that it’s hard to find the one screen with next-train arrival times on it. There are at least a dozen screen in use. And the arrival times rotate very infrequently with ad after mind-numbing ad. The arrival times appear so... Read more »

RTA scare tactic? Agency warns of service cuts due to state's unpaid bills

In what appears to be a blatant scare tactic to me, the RTA is threatening that the CTA, Metra and Pace may have to make service cuts in July if the state doesn’t fork over almost $400 million it owes the area’s transit oversight board. And for that I say, you rock RTA! Despite a... Read more »

Former Daley insider takes over as chief of staff for CTA board chair

After Mayor Rahm Emanuel plucked his own chief of staff out from under his pal Terry Peterson, the CTA’s board chairman, Peterson has hired a former Daley insider as a replacement. Call it the city hall revolving door? Joan Coogan, director of former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) , took over... Read more »

CTA, police unite in rail safety effort; more cameras, more cops

You may have read that the CTA and Chicago Police are stepping up patrols and installing more cameras on rails lines in the wake of a murder at Fullerton and an increase in muggings this year. Here’s the 411 on the details, or should I say, 911: The CTA’s plans: About 3,000 cameras will be installed at rail... Read more »

Train arrival screens doubled; added to 16 more stations

This sign was first installed in 2009 at Addison, but glitches shut it down. An additional 16 CTA rail stations now project next train arrival times on electronic signs. The stations are: Jefferson Park, Logan Square and Clark/Lake (Blue Line) Oak Park and 35th-Bronzeville-IIT (Green Line) Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren and Clark/Lake (Loop Elevated) Pulaski... Read more »

Thespians waltz over to Brown Line to re-enact riders' tales on stage

After a successful run of “El Stories: Red Line,” the Waltzing Mechanics will share stories of Brown Line riders starting July 15 on the Downstairs Mainstage at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Regular performances run Fridays and Saturdays through August 13 at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 general admission and are available... Read more »