CTA looks for "real stories" from riders for video series

The CTA is looking for people to talk to for its new “My CTA” video series, featuring the lighter side of Chicago transit.

The CTA calls them “REAL stories from REAL customers.” Although the first video features a guy who actually makes a living off real customers – Garland “Hustleman” Gant, who sells all kinds of stuff on the sidewalk near the Garfield Red/Green Line station. Interesting choice.

If you would like to be featured in a My CTA video email the CTA at realctastories@transitchicago.com.

One wag on Twitter responded to the opportunity for real stories with this tweet:

@cta I used to be able to travel easily up and down Lincoln ave but now I can’t #realctastories


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  • Unless they are going to get material from the "scary shit" index term in the Tattler, what a colossal waste of money.

    And I suppose this example was to prove that economic development is happening at this station. Apparently not enough, though.

  • They should have waited until they had more than one real story before sharing.

  • I can't wait for someone to upload their story of being robbed on a L train or some foolish hick that's fallen for the shell game on a train.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Scooter, the CTA manages the filming of these, so that won't happen on their YouTube. Of course, there already are scads of similar videos on YouTube uploaded by victims, etc.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    Then I'm betting we'll find out that they've been scripted & are totally fraudulent & made up.
    They'll turn out to be out of work local actors & then yet another government scandal.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    I suppose that someone (even you, since you say you use the station) can determine if someone is selling snow cones there.

    Not that the video still isn't a waste.

  • In reply to jack:

    Unfortunately, I won't be using it until the last week of this month.
    But when I went through there last week I didn't see that, but I also rush off the WB bus & go through the free turnstile as fast as I can to get upstairs to not miss a train.
    In watching the video, he's actually a block west of the station & since the Ryan is closed, I don't go past him.
    I'll look in 2 weeks & see if he's still there.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    It probably will be of [insert name demonstrative of demographic origin] who is promoting the shell game. Probably also nicknamed "Hustleman."

    As Kevin pointed out, it is being produced by the CTA, which led to my conclusion that the $654 thousand/year communications department (not counting reprographics) is finding a hard time justifying its existence, but cannot comment on the story on the impotent RTA chairman apparently wanting a one day dose of Viagra.

  • I could tell the story of the two kids lat night at midnight on my red line doing drugs and no police to take care of them,they need to allow passengers to carry guns to take care of these punks as the police are TOO LAZY

  • In reply to airportguy2:

    The one yesterday about the robbery of the bike courier on the Blue Line, including that it involved two men wearing pink wigs, should be sufficient.

    For whatever purpose CTA is making the videos, I'm sure that what you are proposing isn't consistent with it.

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