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May 28, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Police officials say they have caught the man responsible for at least four of the recent cellphone robberies on CTA trains this month. Gregory Taylor, 19, of the 5300 block of South Union Avenue has been charged with theft, aggravated robbery and possession of 5 grams of cannabis, in connection with the cell phone robberies. He appeared at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Tuesday afternoon and was held on $90,000 bond. Police said Taylor was wearing a hoodie and a black and yellow metal rosary when he was arrested--the same clothes the man who committed some of the cell phone thefts was wearing in CTA surveillance footage.
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May 27, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, though a quick look at a thermometer may cast doubt on that theory. Nevertheless, summer tourism season means more crowds on the CTA. The uptick in ridership means an increase in the likelihood of spotting these five unsavory character types on buses and trains. Though the weather's a bummer (for now), don't let these CTA riders ruin your summer. > > Fanny Pack Jack: Tourists are easy to spot. Look for the confused stares, the crumpled maps and the duck move.
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May 20, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Attention, customers: There has been an uptick in theft on the Chicago Transit Authority's trains in the Loop this May. The rash of robberies was the subject of a community alert issued by police officials Monday afternoon. The alert said that in each incident a male offender about 18-29 years old stole iPhones and purses from people riding the trains or waiting for them. The first incident was reported in the 200 block of South State Street on May 17 at about 5:30 p.m. The second took place three hours later in the 100 block of North Wabash Avenue.
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May 15, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Starting Sunday, CTA riders will be able to transfer for free between the Lake Red Line and Washington Blue Line stations, the CTA announced Wednesday. CTA riders with a farecard currently pay 25 cents, the standard transfer fare, to travel between the stations using the pedway in the lower level of the Block 37 shopping center. The CTA has long talked about making this a free transfer point for riders. The CTA said it is making this change in correlation with the southern Red Line project, during which the CTA will close stations south of Roosevelt Road for five months to overhaul track.
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May 13, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The White Sox are offering a $10 off deal for CTA riders a day after the CTA shuts down the southern portion of the Red Line, including the Sox-35th station. Sox fans can use the "SOXCTA" code to purchase tickets online through Ticketmaster for the Boston Red Sox series May 20-22. The Sox will knock $10 off lower box, outfield reserve and bleacher seats, Sox spokesman Marty Maloney said. The CTA will close the Red Line between Cermak-Chinatown and 95th Street May 19 to Oct. 19 for track overhaul.
NEWS
May 13, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Here comes the pain - but not the train. It's finally arrived, CTA riders. The CTA on Sunday will shut down the Red Line between Cermak-Chinatown and 95th Street for five months to overhaul the track. The agency is offering various alternatives from free shuttle buses to rerouted Red Line trains on Green Line tracks. Avoid the Red-ache. Going Public has your last-minute checklist for surviving the Dread Line. > > Take a test run. Now is the time to practice your commute if you can. Don't get caught Monday without an idea of how to get where you need to go. The CTA has posted a trip planner at transitchicago.com/redsouth.
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May 6, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
A reader emailed Going Public last week with a unique complaint: There was too much CTA service. The reader said his 30-minute Wacker bus commute more than doubled as the CTA ran shuttle buses to replace Brown Line service to and from the Loop, which was suspended until Monday morning while the Chicago Department of Transportation overhauled the Wells Street Bridge. There were too many shuttle buses, which clogged traffic and delayed other bus service, the reader complained. Many of the shuttle buses he spotted carried only a few riders, he said.
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April 16, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA is asking for rider opinion on rail car seating arrangements as it gathers information before selecting a manufacturer for the upcoming 7000-series cars. In a survey e-mailed to some CTA riders this week , the agency asks riders to weigh in on whether they prefer the aisle-facing seats on the new 5000-series rail cars to the standard seating on the older rail cars on the Brown and Blue lines. The CTA also asks riders whether they would rather see the aisle-facing cloth seats on the 5000-series cars or plastic bench seats featured in New York City subway cars.
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April 1, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Here's the gist of Monday's state hearing about CTA's Ventra system: The public transit agency is not doing a good job of educating the public about the details of its new fare collection method, which is scheduled to roll out within months. The CTA said it plans to launch this month an extensive outreach campaign about transitioning to Ventra, which may start as early as "early this summer," CTA President Forrest Claypool said at Monday's hearing, which was attended by CTA, Metra and Pace officials.
NEWS
February 25, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
Time to get a new line, CTA. The agency has dusted off a version of its infamous "leave early, leave late, alternate" motto for the Wells Street bridge closure project, which begins Friday night and is slated to end before morning rush hour March 11. For more than nine days, riders will be subjected to Brown and Purple Line and Loop reroutes as the Chicago Department of Transportation overhauls the Wells Street bridge and the CTA replaces tracks...
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