It was yet another interesting and newsworthy year for the CTA in 2011. Here are my picks for the year’s top stories.
1. No fare hike or service cuts for 2012.
2. CTA steps up security in wake of increased crime.
2a. CTA more than doubles number of security cameras at rail stations.
2b. More police patrol subways, platforms, trains.
3. Forrest Claypool named new CTA president.
4. Train Tracker debuts early in the year.
5. Free rides end for all senior citizens.
6. New Series 5000 rail cars put into service.
7. Flaws found in wheel bearing housings forced the CTA to pull Series 5000 rail cars from service.
8. CTA begins cleanup of 100 rail stations with “renew crews.”
9. Bus Tracker info added to bus shelters.
10. CTA enters the world of social media.
Also, see my detailed CTA year in review by quarter: