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Oops [Oct. 1st, 2008|12:42 pm]
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[mood |embarrassedembarrassed]

Has anyone ever broken the pully thing on the bus before? It's really embarrassing. I mean, I had just come back from the gym, but I certainly did not work out all THAT much!!
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I just have to vent! [Jun. 5th, 2008|08:36 am]
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[mood |infuriatedinfuriated]

I was so proud of myself that I got to the bus stop early this morning and I sat and waited a while for the bus. Finally I saw it on it's way. A few cars ahead of it, though, was a big fat streets and sanitation truck that pulled up right in the bus stop. It took up the whole bus stop! I tried to signal the bus coming behind it, but it was no use. The bus raced passed me and all my jumping up and down and swearing could not stop it. ARGH! The reason the truck pulled up in the first place??... So that one of the guys in the truck could get out and get a newspaper on the corner. Of course the next bus came almost twenty minutes later. I left my house half an hour before I actually got on a bus. DOUBLE ARGH!!! I took down the plate number. If I call 311 or something is there anything they can do?
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(no subject) [Jan. 21st, 2008|10:07 am]
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This reminds me of the Clark bus. And the Sheridan bus. And the Broadway bus...

funny pictures
moar funny pictures
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STOP all insufficient (public transit) state funding [Sep. 10th, 2007|02:51 pm]
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stop all insufficient (public transit) state funding
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Chicago Pronunciation [Jul. 24th, 2007|01:56 pm]
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In all the years that I've lived in Chicago, it always seemed to me that Chicagoans couldn't pronounce German names correctly. Every cab driver seemed to call Goethe St. something that sounded like "Go easy" with a th instead of an s.

However, riding on a northbound #22 bus yesterday, I heard the automated announcement for Geothe St., and it sounded very much like how Goethe would have pronounced it himself.

Now I wonder what a Mozart St. announcement sounds like. Do they pronounce the z as a "tz" sound, as in the German, or just as a z (which is how I've always heard it)?

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awesome [Jul. 19th, 2007|07:53 pm]
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i was on the blue line tonight when i saw a fellow wearing this shirt. i asked him about it and he said his friend made them and pointed me to this website. if you guys buy shit from him you should mention you saw this here.

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What were they guarding? [Jul. 14th, 2007|11:49 am]
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At about 1am this morning, I was heading South on the red line from Grand. I had been sitting for three hours (at a movie), so I was pacing the platform. There were no people in the last 100' of the North end of the platform, but I walked to the end anyway, gazed curiously into the tunnel, and turned around to walk the other way.

At the other end of the tunnel, about 15' from the end, I see two guys sitting on wooden folding chairs chatting. One had a shirt and jeans, the other was wearing a reflective vest. The one with the vest held up his hand and nodded his head, so I said "How ya doin'" and kept walking. He immediately said "sir, you need to turn around, you can't go down there." I complied, and as I was turning I saw another similarly clothed individual on the other platform at about the same position.

About 5 minutes later, while I was at the other end of the platform, a live (i.e., barely intelligible) voice came on the PA to ask us all to be on the lookout for suspicious packages. Maybe I freaked them out.

So, I put it to you, great solvers of CTA mysteries: what was so important about those last 15' that it required two security officers at 1am? And am I now on the CTA's terrorist watchlist?
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(no subject) [Feb. 13th, 2007|11:12 am]
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I have to wonder just how much thought went into the fancy new bus shelters that started going up a few years ago. You know the glass advert ones by JC Decaux (I think that's the name).

I know there are some that have been made with glass on all sides with a missing pane on each longer side to walk into the shelter. I can't remember exactly where some of those are, but I know where they are not which seems to me to be the most OBVIOUS location for them. I'm talking about all along inner LSD. You know the part of the city that absolutely gets the worst of the wind problem because there are no buildings to help break up the wind. Why would they not get those for this area. I'm not going to criticize the buses for being late today, we all know how tough it must be to drive in weather like this. I would gladly wager there was a giant increase in public transit today... all the people who didn't want to take the risk, so kudos to my driver that even though he was late getting to us (maybe they were missing a bus and that's the reason for the long wait).

I am even going to give a big plus to the CTA for making sure the shelters were well shoveled. It was easily 3 or 4 inches outside of where they shoveled for the bus shelter, and merely a barely visible dusting of it on CTA property. I am however going to criticize them for their poor shelter planing. I didn't use the bus last year, I was too die-hard convinced the L was the way to go. So I didn't see just how poor a job they did.

I can't say all because I didn't see every one of them, but most of the bus shelters on the west side of the street (Southbound shelters) are the 3 sided shelters. With the open side facing east (the empty space towards the lake). As a result, standing in the shelter is a guaranteed way to get beaten by the wind and in many cases snowed in to the knee due to the drifting snow, because that back wall serves as a great snow STOPPER. The only way to get relief is to stand on the backside of the shelter to defend yourself from the snow. But with the watery windows and fogging windows because you're breathing on them, you can't tell if a bus is coming and surely the driver can't really tell that you're standing there. Or in the case of where 3 and 4 busses stop there, you can't tell if it's your bus and they can't tell if you're waiting for them.

CTA you could have done either of the following which would be a world of improvement. Flip the shelter around, so the wall faces the street or put in one of the nifty 4 wall shelters! I just don't get why you didn't.

Also. I don't know if any of you have seen it, but some of the shelters were advertising a show on Discovery channel. They had fitted in tvs and were airing commercials of the show in a small square cut into the poster. Here's my thought, I know the company advertising there is paying for that electricity, but that means there is indeed electricity there. Hey, your advertisers could advertise that they are paying to keep your riders warm! Then we'll definitely consume from them. Why not fit in a simple heating element which people can activate like they do on the trains. I know, you're going to say, because of the bums. They'll take over the shelters and sleep there, well maybe a valid working card is required to activate it or maybe it can only run for 15 mins then off for 15? I'm not entirely sure the solution to that but anything would be great. What about solar energy? Have they investigated the use of solar power. Perhaps adding panels to the roof of the shelters and using it for warmers? I realize not all of these things are actually possible, but hey, turning that damned shelter around would have been EASY! and while you're at it, maybe put 2 or double long/wide ones at extremely busy stops? My morning stop is no problem, but the night one, 5 buses start from where I board and you have all of those riders trying to stay out of the elements.

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