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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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[Current Location |Home]

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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The Jefferson Park Terminal [Jan. 8th, 2007|08:00 pm]
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[mood |calmcalm]
[music | - Limbik Frequencies]

Jefferson Park CTA Bus/El/Metra terminal.

I can appreciate this station. It connects all three major public transit systems.
Metra, CTA Bus & Blue Line L train. So from my house, I can walk to catch the #81 Lawrence Bus to Jefferson Park Terminal, then catch the Blue Line to Rosemont. Then catch a #606 Pace bus to Woodfield, spend all day there, or visiting my parents, or go to IKEA and then come back. The trip may take awhile, but I can do it. There are plenty of other trips I can make via this terminal. The possibilities are endless.

So despite the bad wrap CTA has been getting lately, it's basic goal of getting you where you need to go is available and very much working. You might have to work with it, and be flexible in your options. For instance, when the Metra line I was on (I think it was the Union Pacific Northwest line) stopped off at Jefferson Park, the conductor was there and I asked him if I could transfer to the Blue Line. He knew immediately what I was asking and said Yes. So instead of going all the way into the loop and then hiking down to Lasalle to catch a #135 or #136. I got off here and walked out to the bus terminal. I had initially thought to maybe catch the Blue Line to Montrose and then catch a #78 straight to my place, but, I decided on the #81 bus, instead. The trip was a little long, but this time it was due to traffic. I still figure, if I was out in Arlington Heights caught the 5:29 train to Chicago, got off instead at Jefferson Park and landed in my neighborhood around 6:45, that commute isn't bad at all.
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#36 bus on a Tuesday night. [Sep. 26th, 2006|08:26 pm]
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[Current Location |Broadway & Belle Plaine]
[mood |annoyedannoyed]

Coming home tonight on the #36 was a trip. We pull up to the stop @Belle Plaine and I notice there's construction horses and a big honkin arrow telling drivers to stay to the left. It's too obvious to not be noticed and so the bus driver proceeds through the intersection, then just stops and gets off the bus, telling people it's going to be awhile. We all get up and walk to the front of the bus, I thought the bus hit some poor soul who didn't see us coming. Nope. I it was an SUV parked in such a way that the bus driver believed she couldn't maneuver through. My stop was only a few blocks away, and at first I decided to wait a bit. I kept thinking, okay, I've seen bus drivers do some real fancy turning when they're inches behind another large vehicle and in this case the bus was well behind the SUV. Granted, the SUV shouldn't have been parked there, but such as it was, it was.. I made a comment out loud that the bus driver could at least back up and turn the bus to a point where it could get around the SUV. I didn't expect an answer from the guy next to me. All he could think of was that the bus could get damaged. I replied back, oh poor bus. God forbid if an ambulance were to try and get through. Well, after that I got off the bus and started walking north. Sure as shit, an ambulance was coming and because of that bus it sat there for like 10 minutes, sirens wailing and horn honking non-stop. All I could think of was, for sure as fcuk I'm glad I wasn't on that ambulance, because indecision and fear of damage to a bus might have killed me.
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