June 13, 2012 |
The cash-strapped CTA has found a new way to make some money, and cash-strapped commuters can benefit from it. On Wednesday, the CTA announced a partnership with Groupon that will offer discounted three-day passes for $9 instead of the current price of $14. Groupon is buying 250,000 of the passes for $1.9 million. The CTA gets the money up front. "This is a great way to unite two highly visible and respected brands," CTA President Forrest Claypool said. "This unique offer is an innovative way for the CTA to cultivate new, local customers and tourists in a way we've never done before.
June 26, 2012 |
CTA riders have four days left to purchase discounted transit fare passes - though the passes may sell out quicker than that. Since Sunday, Groupon has offered three-day unlimited CTA fare cards for $9 instead of the typical $14 price. More than 5,000 of 250,000 cards have been sold so far, according to Groupon's Web site. The deal is available for purchase through the end of the month but could sell out before then. A Groupon spokesman said the company has been "pleased with customer pickup so far. " "Chicagoans rely on the CTA to keep their lives on schedule.
July 18, 2012 |
In May, the CTA shut down Brown, Purple and Red line train service during rush hour on the North Side so firefighters could battle a blaze at Roy's Furniture near the Fullerton stop. During the shutdown, riders reported conflicting instructions from CTA employees - one example of a few recent communication breakdowns CTA President Forrest Claypool identified as a problem in a sitdown interview with RedEye shortly after the incident. To improve communication with riders, the CTA is moving toward an audio system the agency says will provide clearer announcements at rail...
October 9, 2012 |
Some Brown and Purple line riders will see relief from slow zones after work begins next year on a $66 million project to repair track between the Merchandise Mart and Armitage, CTA president Forrest Claypool and Mayor Emanuel announced Tuesday. The project coincides with a new labor agreement with iron workers, who will begin the track work in the spring. Construction is expected to last into 2014. Though the Brown Line underwent a major overhaul a few years ago, the work focused on stations and platforms, not track, the CTA said.
October 11, 2012 |
The CTA said Thursday it soon plans to start an informational campaign reminding riders with strollers that priority seating is intended for the elderly and people with disabilities. "It's something we hear repeatedly from our own bus drivers," CTA president Forrest Claypool said after a rider complained to the CTA board about stroller use. There's no start date for the campaign, which would include handouts and more signs. The CTA already denotes priority seating with signs and announcements.
February 27, 2013 |
The CTA is proposing creating a second terminal to connect to the 95th Street Red Line stop. The agency has proposed building a new terminal south of 95th Street that would connect to the current stop by a pedestrian bridge across 95th Street. The CTA will unveil its plans to upgrade the Red Line stop at a public hearing 6 to 8 p.m., March 14, at Harlan High School, 9652 S. Michigan Ave. The proposal also includes an expanded platform, wider bus lanes and increased spacing between bus bays to reduce congestion, wider sidewalks...