Tag: CTA

Rahm's latest flight of fancy: a high-speed subway train to O'Hare

Chicago’s public schools are broke, property taxes are sky high, savage gang wars rake the South and West sides, and so on and so on. So here comes Mayor Rahm Emanuel ballyhooing an out-of-sight costly subway to link the Loop and O’Hare Airport with high-speed trains. (Here and here.) Irresponsible. Nutty. Insane. The cost, disruption... Read more »

The 'faulty bumping post' might have saved lives in the CTA train accident at O'Hare Airport

Thankfully, no one was killed and the 30-some  people did not suffer life-threatening injuries in the spectacular crash of a CTA L train on Monday in the O’Hare Airport Terminal. The question has come up, though, whether injuries could have been prevented if the “bumping post”–a heavy, metal shock absorber at the end of the... Read more »

Illinois gun debate's funniest, most insulting or ridiculous 'analogy.' Vote

  Is there a more apt phallic symbol than a gun? Maybe Illinois State Rep. Jim Sacia (R-Freeport) didn’t have that in mind when he said said in House debate that depriving him of his gun is like castrating him. I first thought it was funny, but when you add the rest of the quote, it’s one... Read more »
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Oh-so-precious Oak Park

An ever-vigilant  gaggle of Oak Park residents showed up to dump on the Illinois Transportation Department’s plans for improving the Eisenhower Expressway where it passes through the western suburb. The sensible improvements, according to the Chicago Tribune, include: …potential widening of the highway, toll car pool lanes, extension of the CTA Blue Line and shifting... Read more »

After more than three decades of dithering, a universal fare card for CTA, Metra and Pace riders?

When voters narrowly approved the creation of the Regional Transportation Authority 37 long years ago, one of the promised benefits was a universal fare card that could be used on the CTA, commuter rail lines and suburban buses. That wasn’t the main reason the RTA was created—it was to provide subsidies principally to the CTA—but... Read more »

So much for union solidarity

To preserve their pay raise, two locals of the Amalgamated Transit Union representing CTA bus and train personnel were willing to throw hundreds of their brothers and sisters overboard to preserve the kind of raises for the survivors that few people in the private sector have seen during the recession. Here’s a look at how those... Read more »
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Seniors' free rides may end. Yes!

A House committee has approved legislation that would roll back the free transit rides for seniors program pushed through by ex-Gov, Rod Blagojevich. The committee vote, 19-4, indicates that enough House members may have found the courage to end the controversial program. Under the measure, sponsored by Rep. Suzie Bassi, seniors would return to paying... Read more »

Make judges ride the Green Line

Pan-handler Clarence Ervin encourages me to “keep taking pictures and send me the pictures” on the CTA’s Green Line Wednesday. Ervin is constantly getting in trouble with the law, has been arrested numerous times. He can be verbally and physically abusive at times. (Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune / February 2, 2010) CTA riders already have... Read more »

Take the )*$%&*)# CTA strike

Let ’em shut it down Believe me, it’s the only way to end this perpetual “doomsday” crap. Any public employee union threatening a strike now for any increased benefits is out of line with reality. When you get even Mayor Richard M. Daley pleading for the CTA unions to settle, you know they’ve gone too far.... Read more »
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Racial pandering on the CTA

Once again, the big, bad, white suburbs are victimizing poor, minority Chicagoans. That’s the underlying logic of a class action suit brought against the state, RTA and Metra by a public interest law firm that hasn’t a clue about the Pandora’s Box that it is opening. According to the suit, filed Wednesday in federal court,... Read more »