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February 21, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
Red Line trains will run on Green Line tracks, and CTA riders will be able to ride for free at the Garfield Green Line station, according to the plans the CTA unveiled Thursday for its spring Red Line south shutdown--one of its biggest reconstruction projects ever. As the CTA overhauls track, it will close nine Red Line stations from Cermak-Chinatown to 95th Street from May 19 through Oct. 19. The agency said it will run free shuttle buses to the Garfield Green Line stop from the 95th, 87th, 79th and 69th Street Red Line stations.
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NEWS
February 18, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
CTA riders, this is not the way to ring in the new year. Chicago police issued two separate alerts last week warning riders about recent cellphone thefts on the Red and Pink lines. Police said a group of men have been snatching electronic devices from riders on trains and platforms between 55th and 95th Streets on the Red Line since early this year. This weekend, police released a photo of a suspect they say has been using a gun to rob riders of their cellphones on the Pink Line since late last month.
NEWS
February 11, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
Brown and Purple Line riders, your commute will get a little loopy starting next month. Part of Brown and Purple Line service will shutter for nine-day periods in March and late April as the city overhauls the Wells Street Bridge. At the same time, the CTA is rebuilding the Loop junction at Lake and Wells Streets and fixing track along Hubbard Street that suffers from slow zones. Chicago Department of Transportation commissioner Gabe Klein said Monday that CTA riders will endure a "little bit of pain.
NEWS
January 7, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
Now that the holidays are over and more Chicagoans are returning to work, this week will be the first major test of the service changes the CTA implemented last month to reduce crowds on the buses and trains. Finally we'll see where crowding stands - literally. Going Public has noticed some easing on buses and trains since the CTA added service to 48 bus routes and all but two train lines last month. There have been more seats available and more space to move around in the aisles - and yet, some riders still stand in the space by the doors.
NEWS
December 17, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye and RedEye
CTA riders had mixed reactions about their commute Monday, the first workday since the agency's service cuts and additions took effect. Steffany Amacher of Lakeview typically takes the No. 80-Irving Park bus, the Brown Line and the Red Line to the Loop for work in the morning. On Monday, she noticed the Brown Line was less crowded, the Red Line was still crowded and the Irving Park bus had not changed. "On the Brown Line, there weren't seats, but I didn't feel like a sardine in a can. That's a pretty good improvement," said Amacher, 28. "The Red Line, I'm used to it being packed.
NEWS
December 5, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Chicagoans who drive less over the next few months have the chance to win prizes including dinner and tickets to the symphony. The Regional Transportation Authority, the funding arm for the CTA and Metra, is hosting a "Drive Less Live More" challenge to encourage Chicagoans to bike and ride transit instead of drive. Participants can register at drivelesslivemore.com and track their transportation use to be eligible for various prizes. More than 300 people have signed up for the challenge, the RTA said.
NEWS
November 29, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and For RedEye
A CTA rider looked like he had gotten his foot stuck in between the train and the platform at the Jackson station in the Loop. Another rider stopped to help the man and then got on the train--without his wallet. The man's foot was never stuck, police said at a recent press conference where they aired CTA footage of the scam to get riders' wallets. Chicago police say they have identified 165 active pickpockets on the CTA. On Thursday, they provided CTA riders with safety tips for the holidays.
NEWS
November 26, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
About a quarter of a million travelers were expected to pass through O'Hare on Sunday as the holiday weekend drew to a close. It's days like those that will be a windfall for the CTA next year - but more expensive for some Chicagoans and their families. The agency last week proposed CTA riders pay $5 to hop on the Blue Line from O'Hare. Riders with 30-day passes and other unlimited cards would be exempt from this surcharge, but passengers who pay per ride, either through Chicago Cards or fare cards preloaded with cash, would have to pony up the extra $2.75.
NEWS
November 20, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
Going Public has long been an advocate of using 30-day passes to pay for unlimited CTA rides instead of paying per ride because the unlimited passes were such a great deal. Apparently the deal was too good. The CTA proposed Tuesday to hike the cost of one-, three-, seven- and 30-day unlimited passes including Chicago Cards that are used as 30-day passes. Chicago Card users who pay per ride and those who pay with cash would not see an increase, which will take effect Jan. 14 if the CTA board approves the plan.
NEWS
September 10, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Wednesday may be doomsday for some CTA riders. The CTA board is expected to vote Wednesday morning on the agency's proposed "decrowding" initiative - which would add more trains and buses to some lines, at the expense of more than a dozen bus routes that are up for elimination because they have low ridership or duplicate service. At the hearing last week, which drew more than 100 CTA riders, the CTA revealed the details of how it plans to increase rail service. But perhaps the CTA doesn't need more buses and trains to reduce crowds - it just needs to fix train and bus bunching and the gaps between service.
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