Archive for 2010

Earnest prayers for CTA intercessions

I have a celestial source who told me what this person was praying about on the Red Line. She prayed that: The CTA would restore all the February service cuts, including the X express buses. There would be a cultural shift away from ridicule of public transportation. The guy playing his ring tones across the... Read more »

Details on Saturday's Tattler Holiday Train outing

Now that the CTA finally has published the schedule for Saturday’s Holiday Train along the “Brorange” Line, I think we’ll have to adjust our earlier plans. This year we want to board in later afternoon/early evening so we can enjoy the Holiday Train in all its twinkling splendor. But to do that, we’ll have to... Read more »

Woman confronts flasher on train in video gone viral

This video from a New York subway train is making the rounds on the Internet, having gone viral once it was posted on YouTube. The good parts start at about 40 seconds in. This woman is so indignant at being flashed that she confronts the flasher loudly so the entire train car hears her. And... Read more »
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Lots of Santas brighten the Blue Line over the weekend

CTA employees donated about 300 food baskets this year to 16 local community organizations. On Saturday, CTA President Richard Rodriguez boarded the Holiday Train on the Blue Line and made personal deliveries in Logan Square to New Life Community Church, Liberty Christian Center, Humboldt Park Social Services and the Spanish Coalition for Housing. Each food... Read more »

Weekend CTA track work in Rogers Park; Toy for Tots Parade on Western

Track work on the Red Line in Rogers Park will force southbound CTA trains to bypass Jarvis, Morse and Loyola Red Line stations from 11 pm Friday till 4 am Monday. As the CTA Weekend Service Alert states: For service from these stations, take a Howard-bound train to Howard and transfer to a 95th-bound train.... Read more »

March and rally set for Friday to get Pilsen bus stop; Tattler Holiday Train ride

How does one go about getting a new CTA bus stop and shelter? Well, you could ask the CTA. Or you could ask and then really dramatize the need for it with a 300-person march and press conference. That’s what faith leaders from the Gamaliel Foundation are planning for this Friday morning to emphasize the... Read more »
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Injured CTA motorman lifted from tracks, hospitalized

A CTA motorman injured himself after apparently slipping and falling on the Red Line tracks Tuesday morning between Thorndale and Granville. A CTA spokesperson said he was checking a problem at track level when he fell. He was hospitalized and was being treated for his injuries yesterday. Tovi got this photo of the motorman lying... Read more »

CTA roundup: Dead seniors ride on viaducts that aren't as bad as we thought

Here are a few CTA news items from the last week. Dead seniors still riding for free. At least their friends and relatives are, according to a joint Fox Chicago News and Better Government Association investigation. From the report: “RTA spokesperson Diane Palmer says the agency recently completed a review of more than 400,000 seniors... Read more »

Tattler readers share their CTA wish lists

There are some thoughtful ideas on the holiday wish lists for CTA Tattler readers. You might have missed them Friday, so I will recap the top ideas. First, my top three: Fix Train Tracker, quickly. Reinstate service cuts, especially late night bus service. Decrease intervals between train run. And some reader ideas from their wish... Read more »
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A CTA wish list for this holiday season

So, I heard today is Black Friday. Well, I’ve got a long wish list for the CTA, but I don’t really have the means to make these happen. But in many cases, the CTA does. So here’s hoping the CTA grants at least some of my wishes. I wish the CTA would: Fix Train Tracker,... Read more »