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November 14, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
The season of good cheer has almost arrived - just in time to lift some CTA riders' spirits. Readers have been complaining to Going Public about riders who waste space and suck face. GP rounded up the jeer - in order to reveal who's making the "naughty list" this year. Looking for stand-up riders [Last month] I witnessed a very pregnant woman, an elderly lady and a man with a cane who was clearly disabled stand for their entire ride while onlookers who were sitting didn't even offer their spot.
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November 28, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Cyber Monday is over - but the shopping season is just beginning. Instead of avoiding lines - why not embrace them? "L" lines are the subject of several CTA-related gifts including T-shirts and greeting cards. Buses, too, have inspired presents from tokens to pins. To keep you in the Loop this holiday season, Going Public has rounded up 12 gifts of Christmass transit and matched them to the riders you love (or love to hate). For the: > > Hipster with the shoulder bag who tries to bring his bike on the train during rush hour … Buttons of various CTA stops for $1 each on etsy.com > >...
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November 28, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Cyber Monday is over - but the shopping season is just beginning. Instead of avoiding lines - why not embrace them? "L" lines are the subject of several CTA-related gifts including T-shirts and greeting cards. Buses, too, have inspired presents from tokens to pins. To keep you in the Loop this holiday season, Going Public has rounded up 12 gifts of Christmass transit and matched them to the riders you love (or love to hate). For the: > > Hipster with the shoulder bag who tries to bring his bike on the train during rush hour … Buttons of various CTA stops for $1 each on etsy.com > >...
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November 14, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
The season of good cheer has almost arrived - just in time to lift some CTA riders' spirits. Readers have been complaining to Going Public about riders who waste space and suck face. GP rounded up the jeer - in order to reveal who's making the "naughty list" this year. Looking for stand-up riders [Last month] I witnessed a very pregnant woman, an elderly lady and a man with a cane who was clearly disabled stand for their entire ride while onlookers who were sitting didn't even offer their spot.
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November 21, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
CTA riders, don't get excited to tap that pass just yet. The CTA board last week awarded a $454 million contract to Cubic Transportation Systems to devise a system that would allow CTA riders to use their credit and debit cards to pay their fares. Though the system is not expected to be implemented until 2014, Going Public has ID'd a few potential drawbacks to the proposal, which is a swipe in the right direction. > > Dollar back, ya'll: Cash would still be accepted on buses under the proposed system.
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October 31, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Typically, the CTA asks for your attention (please), but now you've got theirs. Hearings about the 2012 CTA budget—which calls for management reductions but no service cuts or fare hikes to close a $277 million shortfall—start this week. Riders will be able to voice their concerns about any transit issues to the CTA board on Wednesday at Westinghouse High School, 3223 W. Franklin Blvd. Two budget meetings are scheduled for next week. When fare hikes and service cuts are on the table, riders pack these meetings and protesters bang drums outside CTA headquarters on the Near...
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November 7, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
What's black and white and red all over? The Red Line, which has been the star of CTA news recently. First, there was the announcement this summer that the Loyola stop will see a makeover. Next, the Wilson and Clark/Division stops were trumpeted for facelifts. Then, last week, officials reported $646 million in state funding to repair the southern portion of the Red Line, which has been plagued with slow zones, among other Red Line improvements. But the Red Line proposition that has stayed under the radar is the Red and Purple Line modernization project, a...
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December 5, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Everyone's used to characters on the CTA. Now the CTA is using characters - about 140 of them - to its advantage. The CTA on Thursday celebrated the one-month anniversary of its Twitter and Facebook accounts. Since it launched its social media presence on Nov. 1, the CTA has garnered more than 3,400 Twitter followers and more than 4,700 likes on its Facebook page. "We believe this is a valuable resource for customers," said Brian Steele, the new CTA director of communications and media relations, who regularly updates the agency's social media outlets with a few other CTA...
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December 12, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas transit. Shopping bags are filling train seats, and buses are crawling along high-traffic shopping corridors. To keep you in good cheer, Going Public has devised a December transit road map so you can have happy haul-idays. > > That new iPhone is cool and all, but I'm a gonna have to stop you from pulling it out on the train. Thieves are watching for distracted riders. Watch your bags, especially at transit stops near stores with pricey products such as the North/Clybourn stop (Apple store)
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December 19, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Change was a hot topic of the CTA this year - and not just because a new debit-credit fare system could reduce coin transactions in the next few years. Other changes announced this year: Longtime politico Forrest Claypool was named CTA president in April, and workers have been sprucing up train stations for the last few months. Meanwhile, some CTA shelters now have Bus Tracker displays, while security cameras have been installed in each CTA station. Elsewhere, Red Line tracks on the South Side are being rehabbed, more Redbox kiosks are being installed at some CTA stops,...
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December 26, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
The end is here. Every week since April 2009, I took a different CTA bus in an attempt to ride every route from end to end. The project ended Thursday after 139 routes . After more than 2 1/2 years of riding buses, I have picked up some wisdom (and a deep appreciation for personal space). > > Some bus drivers aren't just drivers - they also serve as confidants. It's interesting to watch the dynamic between rider and driver. Many riders ignore drivers while some chat away with them as they steer the bus. On one University of Chicago route, a bus driver asked riders about a female rider...
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December 26, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
The CTA is winding down its program to clean and repair stations across the system - but it's not exactly a clean sweep. When CTA president Forrest Claypool and Mayor Emanuel announced the Renew Crew program in September 2011, Claypool promised 100 stations would see improvements in a year. Eighty-eight of the CTA's 145 stations have received facelifts, according to a Going Public analysis of CTA data. The CTA says it has completed 101 station projects, which include replacing lighting and signage and painting walls and scrubbing floors.
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