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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 10:26 AM
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Chicago Transit Authority considers ripping out seats to pack in more people
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CTA considers ripping out seats to pack in more people
CTA CATTLE CARS? | With the number of passengers on the rise, CTA considers packing 'em in by ripping out seats on buses, L cars

July 17, 2008

BY MARY WISNIEWSKI
Transportation Reporter mwisniewski@suntimes.com



Mooooo!

CTA L cars could become more like cattle cars if the transit agency goes ahead with plans to remove seats on some L cars in the next few months to squeeze in all the riders leaving their cars home and turning to mass transit.

That's one idea under consideration to deal with soaring ridership prompted by high gas prices.

The CTA also could make some trains short runs that would cover just the busiest stretches, to accommodate more passengers at rush hour. For instance, a southbound Blue Line run might start at Jefferson Park, instead of O'Hare.

The transit agency -- which said Wednesday it saw a 6.9 percent increase in passengers last month -- is considering removing seats on busy bus routes, too.

The CTA says such steps are being weighed because it can't afford to buy more train cars and buses without a new capital-spending bill from legislators in Springfield.

The CTA attributes most of the increased ridership to fast-rising fuel prices. It also estimates that perhaps one-tenth of the additional riders are seniors who have ridden free, under a new law, since March 17. ......(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/1060686,CST...



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exothermic Donating Member (570 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 10:29 AM
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1. At first glance that link you put at the bottom looked like http://www.sardines.com
really!
:shrug:
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 10:31 AM
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2. Heck, just put a bunch of handholds on the outside of the cars.
It'll be a good test of upper body strength.
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billyoc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 10:49 AM
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3. Didn't they just start a campaign of anti-meat ads on the trains depicting animals herded closely
together in small, cramped.. :crazy:
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mikeytherat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 11:21 AM
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4. CTA = amateurs
THIS is how you do it:



mikey_the_rat
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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 11:24 AM
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5. per Lewis Black: why dont they just put pegs in the floor so that we can shove them up our ass
we sheeple, love taking it in the ass on a metaphorical level, why not go literal
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