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“Not sure if this is the right location to review, but it's a good spot for general CTA thoughts.”
“The El is fun to ride, as long as it's not too packed.”
The answer to curing the recession....
I really think that the CTA could win a gamble if only they invested in expanding their Purple Line Express "L" train (serving the North Shore through the Loop) from Monday-Friday rush hour mornings and evenings to "full-time". Then the Purple could be just as successful as the Red and Blue lines! To keep the "L" theme going, it should consistently run from "Linden-Loop-Linden" (an easy way for the people to remember). This would be such a win-win situation for the economy, the environment, the city and the suburbs alike! It would save the people both so much time and money. I know the people would most definitely take advantage of this option, if only were simply given a chance. It would especially be a massive hit on weekends, especially during the summer, as well as the holiday shopping season, sporting events, etc. If only the CTA tried this, 10 years from now they'd be so glad they did and feel so grateful about being responsible for making such a positive difference for our economy!
Everyone I've talked regarding this totally agrees with me. But the biggest problem does not involve the CTA, the economy, or the politicians. It's really the people, the general public! So many people just do not bother to do anything about it. They may complain to people who have no power over changing anything and may very much agree with them. But they simply don't complain to the appropriate people regarding their concerns. And I've written the CTA multiple times, expressing my desire for expanded service. If only everybody else did so (as far back as five years ago), there's a very good chance that the Purple Line Express would have long been running full-time and may have kept the recession from being as rough as it's been, at least for Chicago.
This is the way to travel in the City. Wow! we were there for 3 days, bought a 3 day pass for $15 and rode all around! What a deal! It took us anywhere we wanted to go! We almost also just walked to a stop and walked on a bus. Wait was very minimal. We don't have public transportation in our town but we learned very fast how to use this. The maps on their web site were very helpful, we could map out our routes. We used the computer in our hotel's lobby.
Mass Transit. Not sure if this is the right location to review, but it's a good spot for general CTA thoughts. The El is fun to ride, as long as it's not too packed. The best thing for the most part is that you know another one is coming. The busses don't run as regularly. Why do the busses always piggyback each other, leaving a long period of time between bus appearances? I would like to thank the CTA bus system for encouraging me to walk more. I've become quite fit as a result.
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