December 30, 2013 |
It pays to take the CTA on New Year's Eve. CTA riders won't have to pay for their fares from 10 p.m. Tuesday until 4 a.m. Wednesday, thanks to MillerCoors, which is once again picking up the CTA tab as part of a three year, $1.3 million deal. In the past, riders have had to pay a penny to ride on New Year's Eve, but MillerCoors is covering the cost of the penny too. Rail riders need to use main station entrances, not auxiliary turnstiles, to get the special fare. Last year, the CTA said there were about 150,000 rides during the penny promotion.
December 23, 2013 |
If 2013 was the year of the Red - thanks to the summer reconstruction of the southern portion of the Red Line - then 2014 will be the year of the Blue. The CTA is expected to begin work in the spring on a $492 million, four-year project to ease the slow zones and upgrade stations on the O'Hare branch of the Blue Line. The agency and the city next year also will continue to work on current ventures, including improving the 95th Street and Clark/Division Red Line stations, building the new Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line stop and reducing slow zones...
December 5, 2013 |
A teen was arrested Tuesday at his Cicero home and charged with burglary after he was accused of stealing Chicago Transit Authority items from the Logan Square Blue Line Station. Francisco Vazquez, 18, was allegedly caught on video surveillance at the CTA station aiding another individual breaking into a station kiosk and stealing a CTA radio, among other items, on Nov. 24. Information on Vazquez's co-defendant was not immediately available. According to county court records, Vazquez served as lookout for his companion, who...
November 25, 2013 |
Tapped out on holiday gift ideas? Here are a few CTA token trinkets that harken back to the days of yore, the '90s, when riders could use tokens or magnetic stripe cards to pay their fares. The CTA eliminated tokens in 1999, while the magnetic stripe card, a mainstay for nearly two decades, was slated for elimination Dec. 15 before it won a reprieve thanks to problems with Ventra. Disposable farecard earrings $20 , UrbaneBeads shop on etsy.com Seller says: "I began collecting dropped and lost CTA transit passes and was...
October 21, 2013 |
During a test run on the new South Side Red Line tracks Friday afternoon, Going Public asked CTA chief infrastructure officer Chris Bushell how long it would be before this portion of Red Line - where 45 percent of the tracks required a train speed reduction in May - would see a slow zone. Ten years, he said. Try one day. Hours before trains were set to get back to work ferrying CTA riders between 95th Street and Roosevelt Road in the first full Red Line Monday morning commute in five months, a truck cab crashed into a...
October 18, 2013 |
A box cutter-wielding man was arrested for robbing a woman at a CTA station Thursday after a witness pulled a knife to prevent him from escaping, county prosecutors said. "Mine is bigger than yours," the witness said to the man as he ran through the Red Line Harrison Street Station with a woman's cell phone and Ventra card, according to court records. The man, Robert Henderson, 48, of Dolton, Ill., was charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery after he allegedly grabbed a cell phone out of a woman's hand as she walked down...