Today’s Headlines

  • CTA Adding 450 Train Tracker Displays (RedEye)
  • Evanston Adopts Complete Streets Policy (Active Trans)
  • Trucker Who Killed Tollway Worker on I-88 Pleads Innocent to Charges (Herald)
  • Residents Slam Idea of a Completely Pedestrianized Bryn Mawr (DNA)
  • Ride-Share Company Offering Polish Doughnut Delivery for Paczki Day (DNA)
  • The Lake Street Protected Bike Lane Is Full of Garbage Carts (Freeman)
  • Transitized Checks Out the Paris Bike Scene
  • Strategies for Battling Late Winter Biking Blues (LGRAB)

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  • duppie

    The CTA Train Tracker article is a good example of the difference between CTA and Metra.

    In the downtown stations, Metra relies on small monitors that give schedule information, not actual information. Your train is delayed? Good luck finding out when it might leave.

    On the stations along the lines it is even worse. The voice of the announcer is often garbled and hard to hear. Their online train tracker is lacking any modern functionality, like saving favorites, etc.

    CTA on the other hand is contstantly trying to improve the functionality of information they provide.

    I guess that is the difference between running a transit agency and a railroad.

  • Deni

    The article says every red line station but Wilson has train tracker. I’d like her to show me where the one is located at Clark/Division because I’m there every day and have never seen it. (Nor do I expect it, the station is – thankfully – being completely rehabbed).

  • Deni

    It’s also the problem with having three separate, independent transit agencies for the region instead of one running them all, like in New York or Boston.

  • Mishellie

    What I don’t understand is why metra can’t talk to CTA and get up to date.

  • Carl’s Jr.

    Politics. The most important more all these different boards is self-preservation, not improving transit.

  • Get Your Facts Right

    I am so tired of people on this blog claiming that Chicago has more transit agencies than other large cities. This is NOT true. NY’s system is far less integrated than ours. They have two commuter rail systems (MTA and NJ Transit), two subways (MTA and PATH), numerous bus systems (MTA, NJ Transit and some municipalities) and multiple ferry systems. The systems all report to different people (as do our transit systems). Boston has subway and commuter rail in one agency. But they still have little fare coordination or easy transfers. They also have other transportation providers for ferry and bus services. LA, Philadelphia, Washington DC, San Francisco, Atlanta and other cities have more agencies that we do as well.

  • CL

    I didn’t realize there was a proposal to close that stretch of Bryn Mawr to traffic. Parking there is already a nightmare at peak hours — eliminating the metered spaces on Bryn Mawr would make it a lot worse.

    Car-free Clark Street on Andersonville makes sense, because that’s the kind of area where people walk around from one small business to another, and it’s a very walkable and accessible area in general.

    Bryn Mawr isn’t like that — Broadway isn’t walkable, and I think people tend to go to that area one thing. For example, a lot of people drive there, eat at Nookies, and leave. I do think they would lose business from people who don’t already live within walking distance if they closed Bryn Mawr to traffic. Public transit is an option if you live along the red line or Broadway route, but presumably those people are already taking it there.