November 11, 2013 |
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.
December 10, 2012 |
What was supposed to be a hearing Monday about proposed CTA fare hikes turned into a last-ditch effort to save the No. 11 Lincoln Avenue bus. Many of the 190 attendees at the hearing wore yellow shirts asking the CTA board to "Save the #11 bus; it's our lifeline. " The board voted without opposition months ago to cancel the No. 11 service between the Western Brown Line station and the Fullerton Brown Line station as part of service changes to reduce crowding on six train lines and 48 bus routes.
December 5, 2012 |
Some people get into the festive spirit by shopping at Christkindlmarket or taking a ride on the CTA's holiday train. Others find their seasonal joy in a beer bottle. After Thanksgiving each year, Chicago's breweries release their holiday ales and stouts. With flavors of spice, dark fruit and coffee, these beers compliment a hearty winter meal and offer a good reason to step into a bar and out of the cold. Here's a look at what's on tap this season. Fistmas, Revolution Brewing Red Ale, 6.1 percent ABV Revolution's Fistmas is an...
November 16, 2012 |
Hark! The CTA has announced the dates for the return of the holiday train, its yearly decked-out transport of Christmas spirit. The train will operate from 1 to 8 p.m. on weekends, and 3 to 7 p.m. on select weekdays. Its appearances on various lines are as follows: > > Green Line: Nov. 23, 24*, 28 (from 4-8 p.m.) > > Orange Line and Brown Line: Nov. 29 (3-5:45 p.m.), 30 (3:50-6:30 p.m.) and Dec. 1* (12:50-8 p.m.) > > Pink Line: Dec. 5 > > Blue Line: Dec. 6, 7, 8 ** (includes photo-only stop on Pink Line)
October 30, 2012 |
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.
December 12, 2011 |
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas transit. Shopping bags are filling train seats, and buses are crawling along high-traffic shopping corridors. To keep you in good cheer, Going Public has devised a December transit road map so you can have happy haul-idays. > > That new iPhone is cool and all, but I'm a gonna have to stop you from pulling it out on the train. Thieves are watching for distracted riders. Watch your bags, especially at transit stops near stores with pricey products such as the North/Clybourn stop (Apple store)