Category: CTA in the news

We're No. 6! CTA ranks behind NYC, San Fran in transit score

The CTA ranked a decidedly middling No. 6 in transit score among big cities, behind New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, as determined on a scale developed by Redfin. New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority earned 84.1 points out of 100, while the CTA got 64.7. According to Redfin: The Transit Score... Read more »

North Side advocates win resumption of key portion of #11 Lincoln bus

After three years of relentless aldermanic pressure and rider complaints, the CTA will bring back the #31 31st Street bus and a crucial portion of the #11 Lincoln as part of a pilot project. The CTA last week also set Dec. 21 as the date for resumption of the rush-hour express bus service on Ashland and... 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 »

Ventra app to be released Thursday; boon for Metra riders

The long-awaited Ventra app for smartphones will be released this Thursday, allowing users to buy and use Metra tickets and passes on their phones, and manage their CTA Ventra cards. However, the ability to use your phone instead of a Ventra card to board a CTA train or bus won’t come until later, with no... Read more »

Photos: Evacuation of Red Line train after CTA derailment

A Red Line train derailed just north of the Granville station Saturday afternoon, resulting in the evacuation of all passengers. The derailment was called “minor” by CTA officials. These photos were taken of the evacuation by Ann H. —————————– If you like this post, please like my Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter and Instagram.... Read more »

Yellow Line makes comeback Friday; free rides for a week

About 2,500 weekday Yellow Line riders no doubt will be smiling Friday when the rail shut down since May finally reopens. And if they board at Dempster or Oakton stations in Skokie, they will ride for free until Nov. 6. And actually, the CTA is holding its breath that all the riders actually come back.... Read more »

Good CTA news: Yellow Line to open Oct. 30; Blue Line Kimball tunnel gets 4G wireless service

CTA riders got some welcome good news late last week: The first subway section of full 4G wireless service was completed in the Kimball Subway, a 1.2-mile section serving the Logan Square and Belmont stations. And, the Yellow Line will finally reopen Oct. 30 after a five-month closure due to an embankment collapse resulting from construction on... Read more »

How to get to - and get around - the Chicago Marathon via the CTA

It’s all about using the CTA’s rail lines – and knowing which bus routes will be affected by Sunday’s Chicago Bank of America Marathon. On six rail lines, longer trains will operate for varied times. Details: Blue Line: Longer trains will operate beginning 4 a.m. until 4 p.m. More frequent service also will be provided with... 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 continues Brown Line modernization with new signal project

With track work due for completion later this year on the Brown and Purple line tracks between Armitage and the Loop, the CTA board last week OK’ed a $33 million contract to replace signals in the same area. These projects combined will vastly improve the ride for the 700 trains that pass through the area... Read more »