Category: CTA safety

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 »

10 DC Metro passengers watch rider get stabbed to death; what would you do?

A 25-year-old man was robbed, beaten, kicked and stabbed to death 30 or 40 times by a teenager, as about 10 passengers on the Washington, D.C., Metro train watched in terror and horror. After the 18-year-old finished stomping and stabbing the life out of Kevin Joseph Sutherland, he began demanding money and wallets from some... Read more »

CTA, police share surveillance photos of suspect in Blue Line assault

Chicago Police are sharing CTA surveillance photos of an alleged suspect of a sexual assault and robbery of a woman that occurred in mid-afternoon Monday on the Blue Line near Oak Park. UPDATE: Police today have arrested a person of interest in this crime. The suspect, described as African-American and wearing a blue and grey Columbia... Read more »

Major crimes down 26% on CTA in 2014

The recent proliferation of more than 23,000 surveillance cameras on CTA trains and buses is just one reason why serious crime is down 26 percent, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The new Series 5000 rail cars have seven cameras in every car, and the rest of the fleet of older cars has been retrofitted with... Read more »

CTA Courage Campaign: Flash mob video discourages harassment

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The folks behind the CTA Courage Campaign posted a video recently depicting harassment on the Red Line, and asking people to have the courage to speak out against it. The Courage Campaign is trying to raise money for CTA ads that “advocate respect for all while using public transit.” Read a DNAinfo Chicago story about... Read more »

Poll: How do you feel about cops searching CTA riders for bombs in bags?

Chicago police plan to begin randomly testing bags of CTA rail riders for explosives starting Nov. 3. Up to six Chicago police officers will set up outside the turnstiles at select Chicago rail stations – usually downtown – and ask riders to submit to a screening. Police will swab the exterior of the bag with... Read more »

CTA crime stories: Brown Line machete attack

Here’s the latest installment about crime and general news on the CTA. And what a week it was – from a machete attack to suicide. Brown Line machete attack: Seven people, including two teen boys and a girl, were charged last week in a machete attack on the Kedzie Brown Line platform. This already is vying for CTA... Read more »

Crime on the CTA: Evanston robbery; groping on Red Line

Here’s the first of an occasional post about recent crimes on the late Augusting to the Sun-Times Robbery at Evanston bus stop: “Someone took a victim’s wallet from his hand, removed the money, and threw the wallet on the ground at a bus stop at the Davis Street CTA station in the 1600 block... Read more »

Cops hunt for suspect in CTA Red Line groping case

Chicago police on Wednesday issued a community alert with the photo of a man suspected of groping a woman on a crowded CTA Red Line train early this morning. The man is described as  a white male, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, with possible blonde/light brown hair. Police released these CTA surveillance... Read more »

Security upgrades don't change how we feel about CTA crime: Tattler safety poll

A CTA Tattler quick poll shows that the recent safety upgrades by the transit agency haven’t really made much difference in how safe we feel compared to three years ago. A full 55 percent of the 630-plus readers who took the poll said they feel about the same as they did three years – that... Read more »