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May 20, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
A Chicago art group is hoping it can raise enough funds to complete its documentary about transforming a CTA rail car into a mobile theater. Joseph Baldwin's and his group Noisivelvet on Monday began soliciting $500 on fundraising site Indiegogo to finish and screen their documentary "El Stories: Art on Track. " In September 2012, Noisivelvet transformed a CTA car into a theater so the acting troupe Waltzing Mechanics could re-enact real-life stories about people riding the CTA. The group performed "El Stories," their long-running show based on interviews with CTA riders, at the Art...
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May 20, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
A Chicago art group is hoping it can raise enough funds to complete its documentary about transforming a CTA rail car into a mobile theater. Joseph Baldwin's and his group Noisivelvet on Monday began soliciting $500 on fundraising site Indiegogo to finish and screen their documentary "El Stories: Art on Track. " In September 2012, Noisivelvet transformed a CTA car into a theater so the acting troupe Waltzing Mechanics could re-enact real-life stories about people riding the CTA. The group performed "El Stories," their long-running show based on interviews with CTA riders, at the Art...
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NEWS
October 30, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
A play about the annual CTA holiday train will arrive at a Lakeview theater in November. "El Stories: Holiday Train," based on real-life Chicagoans' experiences with the annual tradition of decking out a CTA train in Christmas decorations, will debut Nov. 24 at the Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. The show will run at 11 p.m., on Saturday nights. Tickets are $15 at greenhousetheater.com. Meanwhile, the CTA said last week it has not yet found a sponsor for the holiday train.
NEWS
March 31, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Forget April Fools' Day. It feels like the CTA is in the middle of April Fools' Year. The agency has made some eyebrow-raising headlines over the last six months. In September, there was the so-called "ghost train," an unoccupied train that traveled nearly a mile before crashing into a Blue Line train filled with riders, none of whom suffered life-threatening injuries. Two CTA workers were fired and two were suspended after investigators found the train had been left in storage in powered-up mode.
NEWS
January 16, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
A play that showcases real-life CTA stories will celebrate its 100th consecutive Saturday show this weekend. "El Stories," a reenactment of interviews with CTA riders, has been performed every Saturday at the Greenhouse Theater in Lincoln Park since March 2012, play spokesman J.D. Ostergaard said. The show was performed several times before then, but not with the consistency it sees now. There have been nearly 150 total performances of the play, which rotates stories every few months.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
November 14, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
The season of good cheer has almost arrived - just in time to lift some CTA riders' spirits. Readers have been complaining to Going Public about riders who waste space and suck face. GP rounded up the jeer - in order to reveal who's making the "naughty list" this year. Looking for stand-up riders [Last month] I witnessed a very pregnant woman, an elderly lady and a man with a cane who was clearly disabled stand for their entire ride while onlookers who were sitting didn't even offer their spot.
NEWS
March 5, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Janet Martin loves to add a dash of honey to your commute. The CTA customer service agent greets many Brown Line riders with a "honey" and asks them about their day. If they need help getting to the platform, she's always there with an extra hand. The riders at the Kedzie stop in Albany Park, where Martin works from 6-9:30 a.m., don't just like her. They adore her. In a post last week on everyblock.com , a Chicago neighborhood discussion board, riders heaped praise on Martin, who has worked at the Chicago, Western and Addison stops in the past few years.
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 8, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
The CTA finally got the message that its cell service is spotty, and the agency last week announced it is seeking information on how to improve its mobile network in the subways. Though the change likely will garner a happy reception from many, I'm not 100 percent on board. For years, the CTA has been phoning in its cell service, which has been inconsistent at best in the Red and Blue line tunnels. The coverage needs to be better, but Going Public has some concerns about crime and etiquette.
NEWS
January 16, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
A play that showcases real-life CTA stories will celebrate its 100th consecutive Saturday show this weekend. "El Stories," a reenactment of interviews with CTA riders, has been performed every Saturday at the Greenhouse Theater in Lincoln Park since March 2012, play spokesman J.D. Ostergaard said. The show was performed several times before then, but not with the consistency it sees now. There have been nearly 150 total performances of the play, which rotates stories every few months.
NEWS
April 8, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
The CTA finally got the message that its cell service is spotty, and the agency last week announced it is seeking information on how to improve its mobile network in the subways. Though the change likely will garner a happy reception from many, I'm not 100 percent on board. For years, the CTA has been phoning in its cell service, which has been inconsistent at best in the Red and Blue line tunnels. The coverage needs to be better, but Going Public has some concerns about crime and etiquette.
NEWS
October 30, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
A play about the annual CTA holiday train will arrive at a Lakeview theater in November. "El Stories: Holiday Train," based on real-life Chicagoans' experiences with the annual tradition of decking out a CTA train in Christmas decorations, will debut Nov. 24 at the Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. The show will run at 11 p.m., on Saturday nights. Tickets are $15 at greenhousetheater.com. Meanwhile, the CTA said last week it has not yet found a sponsor for the holiday train.
NEWS
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.
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
March 5, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Janet Martin loves to add a dash of honey to your commute. The CTA customer service agent greets many Brown Line riders with a "honey" and asks them about their day. If they need help getting to the platform, she's always there with an extra hand. The riders at the Kedzie stop in Albany Park, where Martin works from 6-9:30 a.m., don't just like her. They adore her. In a post last week on everyblock.com , a Chicago neighborhood discussion board, riders heaped praise on Martin, who has worked at the Chicago, Western and Addison stops in the past few years.
NEWS
March 31, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Forget April Fools' Day. It feels like the CTA is in the middle of April Fools' Year. The agency has made some eyebrow-raising headlines over the last six months. In September, there was the so-called "ghost train," an unoccupied train that traveled nearly a mile before crashing into a Blue Line train filled with riders, none of whom suffered life-threatening injuries. Two CTA workers were fired and two were suspended after investigators found the train had been left in storage in powered-up mode.
NEWS
November 11, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Fed up with the multiple taps it took for his Ventra card to work, Michael Askew turned his problematic taps into a problem app. Askew, 35, this month created an app for iPhones called “Ventra Fails.” CTA riders can record when and where their Ventra cards fail. The CTA announced last week it is slowing its transition to Ventra, a new fare payment system, while system operator Cubic works out glitches that have ranged from long customer service waits to delayed mailings of cards to slow processing time once a Ventra card has been tapped.
NEWS
November 14, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
The season of good cheer has almost arrived - just in time to lift some CTA riders' spirits. Readers have been complaining to Going Public about riders who waste space and suck face. GP rounded up the jeer - in order to reveal who's making the "naughty list" this year. Looking for stand-up riders [Last month] I witnessed a very pregnant woman, an elderly lady and a man with a cane who was clearly disabled stand for their entire ride while onlookers who were sitting didn't even offer their spot.
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