Category: CTA service changes

CTA testing pre-paid boarding on #77 Belmont bus

The CTA last week launched a six-month pilot to test prepaid bus boarding on westbound #77 Belmont buses at the Belmont Blue Line station. CTA riders now prepay their fares in a designated area during evening rush periods (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.), allowing them to enter buses more quickly and increasing the speed and... Read more »

Big win: #11 Lincoln, #31 bus routes restored on trial basis

After four years of loud complaints and protests, North Side advocates of the #11 Lincoln bus will see a key portion of that route restored beginning June 20 on a six-month trial basis. And the #31 31st Street bus will run again starting in September. Amid much hue and cry, the CTA in 2012 eliminated... 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 »

Supercell storm slams Rogers Park; neighbors unite to clear downed trees

Neighbors work together to clear a street.
A fast-moving and vicious supercell thunderstorm pounded Rogers Park Sunday afternoon, shutting down the Red Line from Granville to Howard and leaving downed trees, blocked streets and sidewalks, plus power outages in its wake. It also brought together neighbors in a way that 20-inch blizzards unite us to help each other out of snowy and... Read more »

How to get to Lollapalooza 2014 via CTA

With more than 90,000 per day descending on Lollapaloooza 2014 this weekend, the CTA and other mass transit options are definite;y your best bet. The CTA is extending rail line service to accommodate late Lolla-goers. Blue Line Friday: longer trains will operate to downtown until 11 p.m. Between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. trains will... Read more »

CTA service for Chicago Marathon with viewing areas

The CTA will provide extensive bus and rail service for all participants and spectators heading to the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 13.  The marathon begins at 7:15 a.m. for wheelchair participants and 7:30 a.m. for runners; all will start the race just north of Jackson on Columbus Drive with the... Read more »

CTA changes tune quickly, provides bus service to new Wal-Mart

Under fire from Mayor Emanuel, the CTA acted quickly today to expand bus service in the Pullman neighborhood tomorrow to coincide with Wednesday’s opening of a new Wal-Mart store at 10900 S. Doty Avenue. The #111A Pullman bus shuttle will run every 20 minutes on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.... Read more »

Say farewell Thursday to CTA's oldest rail cars with "blinker" doors

With mixed emotions we will say good-bye Thursday to the Budd 2200 series rail cars – the oldest cars in the fleet with the “blinker” doors previously in use on the CTA Blue Line. You know, the ones that are hard to get in and out of – and the only cars that will not... Read more »

Headed to Lollapalooza? Take the CTA for one less hassle

If you’re going to Lollapalooza this weekend, the CTA really is your best best for getting there without the hassles of crowded highways, streets and parking garages. Of course, the trains and buses will be crowded, but that’s half the fun – enjoying the camaraderie with your fellow Lolla fans. And the CTA tries to... Read more »

Kimball Brown Line station to close this month for 9 days of track, rail repairs

Kimball Brown Line station to close this month for 9 days of track, rail repairs
Kimball Brown Line station users got just over a week’s notice today that their station will close for nine days beginning July 13 to replace 50-year-old track and rail components. First, 33rd Ward residents were surprised to get an email Tuesday from their now-retiring Alderman Richard Mell about the sudden closure. Then the CTA issued... Read more »