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August 8, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Each CTA station should have a train tracker display within a year, CTA president Forrest Claypool said Wednesday. It is the CTA's goal to put a digital display that features Train Tracker and CTA notifications in 143 stations in the next year, CTA spokesman Brian Steele said. Two stations already have these displays: The new Morgan/Lake Green and Pink Line station on the Near West Side and the new Oakton station on the Yellow Line. There are currently Train Tracker displays at "about 20" CTA stations, Steele said.
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November 4, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Jake Gunst's Halloween costume proved so offensive, he was yelled at, cussed out and hit. Repeatedly. All he was wearing was a blown up copy of his Ventra card, the new fare collection system for the CTA. “Everyone already hates the Ventra card,” the 26-year-old from Chinatown said. “I didn't have to do any twists on it for it to be a rude thing to wear for Halloween.” Gunst said he hit four parties over the course of Halloween week wearing a box with a near exact replica of his Ventra card he made in Photoshop.
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October 25, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The heat is on at some CTA stations--which would be welcome news on many October days, except this one. The CTA is supposed to turn the heat lamps on at its elevated stations next week, but Going Public has noticed some stations have had heat this month. This morning, the heat lamps were on at the Fullerton stop on the Red, Brown and Purple Lines. The weather topped 70 degrees this morning as part of a warm spell this week. Heat lamps are supposed to stay on from Nov. 1 through March 31. The CTA said crews have been prepping the lamps and performing testing and maintenance the last several weeks.
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September 23, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
This is a tale of two sights. The Montrose station in North Center is a pretty standard Brown Line stop with wood platforms and large artwork in the stationhouse. But on the inbound platform to the Loop, riders have a nice view of a community garden. The outbound platform? Barbed wire that lines nearby buildings. Another potential sighting: Mayor Emanuel. This is his stop and staffers say he rides the train a couple times of week. Next up: Quincy in the Loop Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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August 20, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
Some riders find taking a CTA train just a few stops to work every day a challenge because of slow zones and crowds. Imagine taking the train to 145 stops in one day. Last week, Going Public did just that by completing the "L" Challenge--consecutively visiting all 145 CTA stations by train--in nine hours and 17 minutes. During the trip, which began at the 95th Red Line stop and ended at the 54th/Cermak Pink Line stop, GP swiped her CTA card nine times, ate six protein bars (not on the train)
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April 9, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Like some Chicago Catholics, Aidan Gillespie of Pilsen performed the Stations of the Cross last week to prepare for Easter - except he did it using CTA stations. Gillespie, 24, said he traveled the length of the CTA rail system to visit 10 churches to reflect and pray about Jesus' crucifixion, which is detailed in the Stations of the Cross. He chronicled his journey on his blog, lstop2.tumblr.com. Along the way he stopped at the Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette off the Linden Purple Line stop, and St. Therese in Chinatown off the Cermak-Chinatown Red...
NEWS
November 4, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Jake Gunst's Halloween costume proved so offensive, he was yelled at, cussed out and hit. Repeatedly. All he was wearing was a blown up copy of his Ventra card, the new fare collection system for the CTA. “Everyone already hates the Ventra card,” the 26-year-old from Chinatown said. “I didn't have to do any twists on it for it to be a rude thing to wear for Halloween.” Gunst said he hit four parties over the course of Halloween week wearing a box with a near exact replica of his Ventra card he made in Photoshop.
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October 31, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Typically, the CTA asks for your attention (please), but now you've got theirs. Hearings about the 2012 CTA budget—which calls for management reductions but no service cuts or fare hikes to close a $277 million shortfall—start this week. Riders will be able to voice their concerns about any transit issues to the CTA board on Wednesday at Westinghouse High School, 3223 W. Franklin Blvd. Two budget meetings are scheduled for next week. When fare hikes and service cuts are on the table, riders pack these meetings and protesters bang drums outside CTA...
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May 21, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Amid all the fanfare and preparations for the NATO summit, the Chicago Department of Transportation quietly opened the Morgan stop in the West Loop on Friday. Green and Pink Line riders can now use the station, under construction since the summer of 2010. There were more workers putting finishing touches on the platform than riders waiting for trains Friday morning when Going Public visited the station, off Morgan and Lake Streets. The stop is the second station the CTA has opened in three weeks after years without new stations.
NEWS
September 23, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
This is a tale of two sights. The Montrose station in North Center is a pretty standard Brown Line stop with wood platforms and large artwork in the stationhouse. But on the inbound platform to the Loop, riders have a nice view of a community garden. The outbound platform? Barbed wire that lines nearby buildings. Another potential sighting: Mayor Emanuel. This is his stop and staffers say he rides the train a couple times of week. Next up: Quincy in the Loop Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
NEWS
August 19, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
No, Cubs, no. Though the Cubs adopted the Sheridan stop in Uptown eight years ago, this station isn't a hit among fans on gameday. Some fans would rather wait in long lines just to get into the Addison station in Wrigleyville after the game than walk a few more blocks to the Sheridan stop, the lovable loser of the two stations. But don't worry, Sheridan, you've managed to beat the Addison stop in one contest: Going Public's fifth annual Crust Station contest to honor the worst CTA rail station based on rider crabbiness.
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August 12, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Get ready to rail against your station--it's it's time to play the shame game. The fifth annual Going Public Crust Station contest to honor the worst CTA rail station based on crabby rider complaints is up and running. Every summer GP solicits your suggestions for the CTA station most in need of a makeover. In the past, riders have submitted haikus, lengthy arguments and dirty pics to support their votes. Your complaints have not gone unnoticed. The three-time winner of this contest, the Wilson Red Line station in Uptown, will get its...
NEWS
January 15, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz
The beginning of the Blue Line saw the beginning of a fare increase Monday. Riders who load up their card with cash saw the price of their Blue Line ride from O'Hare jump from $2.25 to $5 as part of CTA fare hikes that took effect Monday. The increase does not apply to riders with daily, weekly or monthly unlimited ride passes. Chicago Card users who pay per ride will not see the increase until this summer. In the meantime, the CTA is working with O'Hare employees to encourage them to buy unlimited passes so they won't pay $5 fares every time...
NEWS
October 25, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The heat is on at some CTA stations--which would be welcome news on many October days, except this one. The CTA is supposed to turn the heat lamps on at its elevated stations next week, but Going Public has noticed some stations have had heat this month. This morning, the heat lamps were on at the Fullerton stop on the Red, Brown and Purple Lines. The weather topped 70 degrees this morning as part of a warm spell this week. Heat lamps are supposed to stay on from Nov. 1 through March 31. The CTA said crews have been prepping the lamps and performing testing and...
NEWS
August 20, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
Some riders find taking a CTA train just a few stops to work every day a challenge because of slow zones and crowds. Imagine taking the train to 145 stops in one day. Last week, Going Public did just that by completing the "L" Challenge--consecutively visiting all 145 CTA stations by train--in nine hours and 17 minutes. During the trip, which began at the 95th Red Line stop and ended at the 54th/Cermak Pink Line stop, GP swiped her CTA card nine times, ate six protein bars (not on the train)
NEWS
August 8, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Each CTA station should have a train tracker display within a year, CTA president Forrest Claypool said Wednesday. It is the CTA's goal to put a digital display that features Train Tracker and CTA notifications in 143 stations in the next year, CTA spokesman Brian Steele said. Two stations already have these displays: The new Morgan/Lake Green and Pink Line station on the Near West Side and the new Oakton station on the Yellow Line. There are currently Train Tracker displays at "about 20" CTA stations, Steele said.
NEWS
August 12, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Get ready to rail against your station--it's it's time to play the shame game. The fifth annual Going Public Crust Station contest to honor the worst CTA rail station based on crabby rider complaints is up and running. Every summer GP solicits your suggestions for the CTA station most in need of a makeover. In the past, riders have submitted haikus, lengthy arguments and dirty pics to support their votes. Your complaints have not gone unnoticed. The three-time winner of this contest, the Wilson Red Line station in Uptown, will get its face-lift next year.
NEWS
May 21, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Amid all the fanfare and preparations for the NATO summit, the Chicago Department of Transportation quietly opened the Morgan stop in the West Loop on Friday. Green and Pink Line riders can now use the station, under construction since the summer of 2010. There were more workers putting finishing touches on the platform than riders waiting for trains Friday morning when Going Public visited the station, off Morgan and Lake Streets. The stop is the second station the CTA has opened in three weeks after years without new stations.
NEWS
April 9, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Like some Chicago Catholics, Aidan Gillespie of Pilsen performed the Stations of the Cross last week to prepare for Easter - except he did it using CTA stations. Gillespie, 24, said he traveled the length of the CTA rail system to visit 10 churches to reflect and pray about Jesus' crucifixion, which is detailed in the Stations of the Cross. He chronicled his journey on his blog, lstop2.tumblr.com. Along the way he stopped at the Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette off the Linden Purple Line stop, and St. Therese in Chinatown off the Cermak-Chinatown Red Line stop, among other...
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