Category: Altered states

CTA crime: Rider's ear bitten off on Orange platform; 2 teens assaulted

A passenger on the Western platform of the Orange Line Friday got a little hungry and bit off the top of another passenger’s ear. A CTA spokesman told the Tribune the two were involved in an altercation. Yes, a very personal and heated altercation, indeed. Also early on Friday morning, police said a man made “inappropriate... Read more »

Ride CTA free for New Year's celebrations; enjoy extra train, bus service

Once again this year, the MillerCoors is joining with the CTA to offer free rides during peak New Year’s Eve ride time – 10 p.m. tonight till 4 a.m. Friday morning. In addition to the free rides, CTA also is offering extended hours of operation and/or increasing the frequency of service on several bus and... Read more »

CTA Sprint Holiday Train debuts Saturday on Red Line

The CTA’s Holiday Train debuts today with an extra run on the Red Line, paid for through a $300,000 sponsorship with Sprint. This is the first year the train will run before Thanksgiving. Families heading to the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival this evening can start pumping the holiday spirit early by hopping the Holiday Train... Read more »

Global terror threats on CTA? How about home-grown criminals?

Not too long after the heinous terrorists attacks on Paris, stories started surfacing about U.S. cities increasing vigilance against terrorist acts at home, including word that the CTA was stepping up security. That just made me think that we’ve already had a recent spate of crime on the CTA. Here are just a few headlines... Read more »

CTA's hilarious courtesy campaign wins top award

It's the polite thing to do to let riders exit the train before you try to bull your way on to it.
The CTA’s courtesy campaign has won the Grand Award from the American Public Transportation Association for Public Relations/Awareness or Educational Campaign. It’s a well-deserved award. The photos that illustrate discourteous behavior are hilarious. Check them out again. —————————– If you like this post, please like my Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter and Instagram. And, never... Read more »

MTA challenges CTA with pizza slice bet on NLCS; rat not included

It’s usually a bet of popular food made between the mayors of two cities going head to head in a championship sports series. So it’s refreshing to see New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority challenging the Chicago Transit Authority to a pizza slice bet on the Mets vs. the Cubs in the National League Championship Series.... Read more »

CTA expands its anti-harassment campaign

The CTA has redoubled its effort to combat harassment on trains and buses by expanding and updating its “If It’s Unwanted, It’s Harassment” public service campaign. The campaign will feature a series of messages that will appear on buses and trains and at train stations beginning today. The campaign will serve three purposes: Encourage customers... Read more »

How to replace expiring Ventra military service passes

Disabled veterans and active duty military personnel have to pull together pertinent documentation to replace expiring Ventra passes for free rides. All cards issued before August 2015 must be renewed by Dec. 1. To assist those with expiring cards, the CTA is hosting multiple renewal events beginning in October through early December. Nearly 11,000 active... Read more »

CTA "Platform of Love" sets stage for long romance

Last week I got an email out of the blue from a reader describing how she met the man who will be her husband on the “platform of love.” Unlike some of us, she says when she thinks of the CTA …. “It’s ALL LOVE!!” This is her story in her own words: I remember it... Read more »

New York rat yanks pizza slice down subway stairs; scampers before eating

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The Internet’s latest viral video shows a New York City rat determinedly dragging a pizza slice down the subway stairs at the First Avenue L train station. The rat apparently likes its pizza plain, though we couldn’t definitively confirm that. Matt Little, a comedian with the Upright Citizens Brigade, calmly shot the video on his... Read more »