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August 27, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
When John Lyons was looking for a place to set up his optical business two years ago, transit access was a top priority. He chose his location in West Lakeview because the Lincoln Avenue bus stops near his business, which is about three blocks from the Paulina Brown Line stop. "We have a very young patient base; they love public transportation," said Lyons, who runs Lyons Family Eye Care at 3250 N. Lincoln Ave. "I'm shocked that Lincoln Avenue, one of the most vibrant streets in Chicago, would be even considered for a stop of [CTA]
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August 13, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
There hasn't been a tighter red vs. blue matchup since the 2000 presidential election. The Division Blue Line station won an online poll over the Sheridan Red Line station by 11 votes. But more CTA riders e-mailed and tweeted their support for the Sheridan stop. In the end, the winner of Going Public's 2012 Crust Station contest, which dishonors the most disgusting CTA stop, is … the Sheridan Red Line stop in Lakeview. The station was derided by riders for its dirty look and moldy smell.
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July 16, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
This summer, some CTA riders have endured station closures, bus reroutes and slow zones during Chicago's most trying season of the year: construction season. The Granville stop reopened Friday after a six-week closure for renovations as part of a North Side Red Line project that shuttered the Morse stop last month and will close the Argyle and Thorndale stations next month. Downtown commuters saw another set of bus reroutes begin Monday morning for the Wacker Drive reconstruction project.
NEWS
June 26, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
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.
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June 18, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
CTA riders, it's time to replace those Chicago Cards with new passes—but just for a few days. The CTA announced last week it is partnering with Chicago daily deal site Groupon to offer discounted three-day unlimited travel passes—typically $14—for $9. The deal should be available later this month, the CTA said. CTA president Forrest Claypool said he hopes the deal, which will generate nearly $2 million for the agency, will encourage visitors and infrequent riders to explore the city using trains and buses.
NEWS
June 1, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Starting this week, the Red Line may become the "Dread Line" for some North Side riders. On Friday, the CTA will close the Granville stop in Edgewater for up to six weeks as part of its program to rehab seven of the most deplorable stations on the North Side Red Line. Granville is the first of seven stations to close, and the CTA is encouraging riders to use the Thorndale stop, which is less than a half mile away, or the Loyola stop, which is about a half mile away. The station closure will likely bring slower trains.
NEWS
April 2, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
There's a Brown Line and a Red Line and now there's a Timeline. The CTA on Friday unveiled its new Facebook timeline, which features photos of the first all-metal rapid transit cars (September 1950) and the last streetcar trip (June 1958), among other transit milestones. In the spirit of the new timeline, Going Public looks forward to the transit-related events that are rapidly approaching. > > Wednesday: Local activists will be gathering at 6 p.m., at CTA headquarters, 567 W. Lake St., for Occupy National Day of Action for Public Transportation.
NEWS
January 3, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
If you ride the train Sunday, you'll need a CTA pass but you won't need pants. The annual No Pants Subway Ride kicks off at noon Sunday at 1210 W. Arthur St. The ride, which is scheduled to last three hours, is the same day as New York's annual No Pants Subway Ride, which began 10 years ago as a prank by an improv group. Chicago's event has been held for more than five years. More than 285 people signed up on Facebook to participate, as of Tuesday afternoon. More than 200 CTA riders took the Red Line last year sans pants, according to news reports.
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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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