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CTA crush website focuses on dudes

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February 21, 2012|By Tracy Swartz, RedEye

Forget about rush hour. Every day on the CTA, it's crush hour—on men.

For more than nine months, the website has encouraged Chicagoans to submit photos of their CTA crushes.

A new photo is uploaded about once a day. Sometimes they're of crushes on the buses, sometimes they're of crushes on the trains. The one thing all these crushes have in common: They are all men.

Only one photo of a woman, a blond in a trench coat holding a pen and biting her finger in the back of a CTA bus, has been submitted. That was back in May 2011, when the site began.

And to be fair, the pic is of her sitting with a man. The man is tagged as well.

RedEye contacted the person who claims to be behind the site via Twitter and talked to him by phone. He asked to remain anonymous to keep in the spirit of the voyeuristic site and would not give his name.

There are similar subway crush pages in London and New York.

On Chicago's site, there are only simple descriptions to denote hotness. A photo last week of a man sitting on a bus wearing headphones and carrying a manila envelope is simply known as "envelope crush."

The CTA has rules about photography on its property, but riders are allowed to take photos within public areas of CTA stations and buses for personal, non-commercial use.

The site doesn't violate CTA policy, agency spokesman Brian Steele said.

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