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Old November 29th, 2014, 02:52 AM   #801
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Cool. But the name is weird: 'Holiday train'?
Why? It's all called "the holidays" in the USA. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Hanukkah, Kwanza, etc.

Although the train is totally decked out for Christmas, it's still all known as "the holidays" as a term.
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Old November 29th, 2014, 03:02 AM   #802
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Doesn't 'holiday' mean something else in non-US English? I'm going on holiday. I think it means vacation.
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Old November 29th, 2014, 03:12 AM   #803
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Doesn't 'holiday' mean something else in non-US English? I'm going on holiday. I think it means vacation.
Yes, we go on vacations and a holiday means a dedicated day off work like Christmas, Independence Day or New Years. Used in a plural "holidays" specifically means the time around thanksgiving and Christmas. Just to go on a trip or take time off work with your family is a vacation.
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Old November 29th, 2014, 06:46 PM   #804
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They're trying to be at least vaguely non-denominational.
You mean: let's don't say "Christmass" even if it IS Christmass?
Let's don't say "Santa Claus" even if it IS him?
And all just because somebody could feel hurt? This may end in calling Christmass "25.dec.-holiday".
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Old November 29th, 2014, 07:06 PM   #805
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I live in Canada, it's the same thing. I think they name it all "holidays", because of so many cultural groups that they don't wan't to feel hurt. In Poland word "holidays" means vacations ("i'm going to Thailand for vacations"). The 25-26th of December for example is Christmas, not holidays.
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Old November 29th, 2014, 10:48 PM   #806
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Let's don't say "Santa Claus" even if it IS him?
I still haven't stopped believing in Santa Claus.
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Old November 30th, 2014, 11:01 AM   #807
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Half the line? It crosses 6 mostly small one-way residential streets on the northwest side of the city at the end of the line. The riderhip for the at-grade stations is around 8% of the Brown Line's total riderhip and 1% of the system's ridership. Actually I'm willing to bet 90% of the Brown Line riders and 95% of the people in the city don't know there are even at-grade crossing on the line up there at the end. I only knew because I dropped my boyfriend off once at a party and I noticed the L was at-grade. It doesn't cause any problems, those streets are all quiet enough, there's no heavy traffic on them.

I actually like them a lot, the trains have signal priority since the 115,000 passengers on the Brown Line every day is far above any cars that pass on those streets so it doesn't slow them down, and I think they're really funky and add a very unique aspect to the area. I want to go see them in person sometime.

They've been doing it for 107 years on that section, no one has proposed to change anything.
Actually these at grade alignment of Brown Line in northwest side and Yellow Line up in Skokie is lot quieter than those elevated tracks that you see almost every where in Chicago proper. Swear to god just stand underneath one of those elevated tracks and listen to the trains go by, you really want to pull your hair out (it is so damn loud).

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Old November 30th, 2014, 08:03 PM   #808
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I live in Canada, it's the same thing. I think they name it all "holidays", because of so many cultural groups that they don't wan't to feel hurt. In Poland word "holidays" means vacations ("i'm going to Thailand for vacations"). The 25-26th of December for example is Christmas, not holidays.
I don't think it's about feeling hurt but rather feeling excluded. North America is multicultural and home to people originating from around the world who celebrate a variety of holidays around this time of year and for public entities like governments and major companies to only acknowledge Christmas make other people feel ignored or unimportant. It isn't just Christmas that people celebrate, so why only acknowledge Christmas?
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Old December 6th, 2014, 04:57 AM   #809
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McCormick Place Green Line opening delayed to early 2015: city

By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz RedEye
6:57 a.m. CST, December 4, 2014

CTA riders won't be getting a new Green Line stop for the holidays.

The city has pushed back the targeted open date for the new Green Line stop by McCormick Place to early next year, said Pete Scales, a spokesman for the Chicago Department of Transportation, which is overseeing the project. In August, Scales said the Green Line stop was expected to be complete at the end of this year.

At a civic luncheon last week, where CTA President Forrest Claypool discussed transit projects, an audience member asked Claypool when the Cermak station would be ready. He said "late spring."

Scales blamed the subzero temperatures earlier this year for the delay. Scales also said the construction schedule was adjusted to minimize neighborhood traffic and Green Line disruptions.

The CTA has operated Green Line shuttle buses some weekends this year south of the Roosevelt stop so workers could build the station.

The new Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line stop will be the CTA's 146th station and the newest Green Line stop since 2012, when the Morgan stop opened on the Near West Side on the Green and Pink lines.

The McCormick Place stop is at Cermak Road and Wabash Avenue, between the Roosevelt and 35th-Bronzeville-IIT Green Line stations.

The stop will be getting elevators, bike racks and enclosed platforms. The $50 million project is being paid for with tax-increment financing, or TIF funds, taxpayer money intended to spur development in certain neighborhoods. Officials broke ground on the station in August 2013.
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Old December 9th, 2014, 03:18 AM   #810
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http://www.chicagonow.com/cta-tattle...-line-station/
Construction formally begins on $203 million CTA Wilson Red Line station
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Old December 13th, 2014, 06:24 PM   #811
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Construction of Cermak-McCormick Place station:


Cermak-McCorimck Place Construction by cta web, on Flickr


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Old December 23rd, 2014, 12:36 AM   #812
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Damen on the blue line reopened today, after being closed for about two months.

There are no good photos alas.

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Old December 30th, 2014, 06:27 AM   #813
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Chicago to introduce mobile ticketing
30 Dec 2014



USA: Cubic Transportation Systems and GlobeSherpa are to supply mobile ticketing to the Chicago Transit Authority and commuter rail operator Metra, as well as bus operator Pace.

A mobile app would allow purchase, top-up and contactless payment using NFC technology. The app will also feature a journey planner and account management. It would use Cubic’s Ventra back-office and NextWave Mobile Business System payment software, as well as GlobeSherpa’s mobile ticketing platform.

Cubic has a $5·4m share of the contract and would earn commission from tickets purchased through the app.

The initial version of the app would be introduced in the first quarter of 2015, with updates released into 2016
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Old January 16th, 2015, 01:28 AM   #816
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Guys, check out CTAConnections YouTube channel.

Blue Line cabview in real time:





Red Line cabview in real time:





Green Line cabview in real time:









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Pink Line cabview in real time:



Brown Line cabview in real time:



Orange Line cabview in real time:



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Purple Line cabview in real time:



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HOLY....

That basically defines the absolute cab view of the whole system.

So much for fan videos.
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What a shame that you can't hear the station's announcement.
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Someone needs to make those videos into a time lapse
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