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April 24, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Throwback Saturday! The CTA announced it will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Yellow Line on Saturday with rides on two train cars from the 1920s. The event will be held at 11 a.m. at the Oakton-Skokie stop, 4800 Oakton St. For $2.25, attendees can ride 4000-series train cars built in 1923 and nicknamed the "plushies" because of their green plush seats, the CTA said. The cars also feature wooden roofs, interior mahogany trim, electric fans, lights with glass lampshades and porcelain handholds for riders who stand.
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April 24, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Throwback Saturday! The CTA announced it will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Yellow Line on Saturday with rides on two train cars from the 1920s. The event will be held at 11 a.m. at the Oakton-Skokie stop, 4800 Oakton St. For $2.25, attendees can ride 4000-series train cars built in 1923 and nicknamed the "plushies" because of their green plush seats, the CTA said. The cars also feature wooden roofs, interior mahogany trim, electric fans, lights with glass lampshades and porcelain handholds for riders who stand.
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November 13, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
The CTA has released its schedule for the holiday train, which features decorated train cars. The train typically operates from about 1-8 p.m. on weekends and 3-7 p.m. on select weekdays. The train will run on the: > > Green Line: November 25, 26 and 30 > > Orange and Brown Lines: December 1-3 > > Pink Line: December 7 > > Blue Line: December 8-10 > > Red Line- December 14, 16, 17 and 20 > > Purple Line: December 15, 17 and 21 > > Yellow Line: December 22
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November 16, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
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)
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September 3, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA is cleaning up its act - just not fast enough. A year ago this month, CTA President Forrest Claypool and Mayor Emanuel announced an initiative to spruce up 100 of the CTA's 145 stations within a year. These so-called Renew Crews have been traveling station to station to repair lighting, paint walls, update signs and scrub floors. The CTA has completed work at 57 stations (some of them were cleaned twice) with six stations on deck for renewal, according to the CTA website.
SPORTS
April 23, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Handmade pictures of CTA buses and trains adorn the Smith household in North Center. A large train table in the living room features a toy railroad labeled "Amtrak. " Next to the tracks are houses and small three-dimensional CTA buses made from paper. CTA maps are taped to the walls, and old-fashioned station signs are stacked behind the train table. But the Smith household is no longer a CTA home. Pamela Smith and her son Robert, 20, regularly ride Amtrak and Metra trains, but they haven't taken the CTA together for months.
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November 26, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
It's the most wonderful train of the year.  The CTA announced the 2013 Holiday Train schedule Tuesday, and the Green Line will be the first route it travels beginning Nov. 29. The CTA notes the decked out train is out on the tracks from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on select weekdays.  ( Click here for the full schedule on the CTAs website.)  The six-car train is decorated inside and out with thousands of lights, and pasted up with colorful seasonal images on the outside.
NEWS
December 19, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Change was a hot topic of the CTA this year - and not just because a new debit-credit fare system could reduce coin transactions in the next few years. Other changes announced this year: Longtime politico Forrest Claypool was named CTA president in April, and workers have been sprucing up train stations for the last few months. Meanwhile, some CTA shelters now have Bus Tracker displays, while security cameras have been installed in each CTA station. Elsewhere, Red Line tracks on the South Side are being rehabbed, more Redbox kiosks are being...
NEWS
July 18, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
In May, the CTA shut down Brown, Purple and Red line train service during rush hour on the North Side so firefighters could battle a blaze at Roy's Furniture near the Fullerton stop. During the shutdown, riders reported conflicting instructions from CTA employees - one example of a few recent communication breakdowns CTA President Forrest Claypool identified as a problem in a sitdown interview with RedEye shortly after the incident. To improve communication with riders, the CTA is moving toward an audio system the agency says will provide clearer announcements at rail...
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
September 3, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA is cleaning up its act - just not fast enough. A year ago this month, CTA President Forrest Claypool and Mayor Emanuel announced an initiative to spruce up 100 of the CTA's 145 stations within a year. These so-called Renew Crews have been traveling station to station to repair lighting, paint walls, update signs and scrub floors. The CTA has completed work at 57 stations (some of them were cleaned twice) with six stations on deck for renewal, according to the CTA website.
SPORTS
April 23, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Handmade pictures of CTA buses and trains adorn the Smith household in North Center. A large train table in the living room features a toy railroad labeled "Amtrak. " Next to the tracks are houses and small three-dimensional CTA buses made from paper. CTA maps are taped to the walls, and old-fashioned station signs are stacked behind the train table. But the Smith household is no longer a CTA home. Pamela Smith and her son Robert, 20, regularly ride Amtrak and Metra trains, but they haven't taken the CTA together for months.
NEWS
May 12, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Yellow ... Black Line? A private company has created Blackline, a shuttle service from Belmont Avenue and Sheridan Road to Monroe and Franklin streets that is scheduled to begin regular service May 19. The company boasts "guaranteed premium seating," free WiFi, overhead storage space and air conditioning. "Blackline is the best way to commute. Sign up today to experience what a modern and pleasant commute feels like," a post on rideblackline.com reads. A Blackline representative did not return immediate requests for comment.
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