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  1. I always hear how sophisticated mass transit is in Asia and Europe, one of the first things I hear about from those who have visited Japan is how advanced their mass transit is and how behind the US is. I have looked at a few videos of the Japanese Rail and while I do notice they have bullet trains which seem to be used for travel outside of the cities, the only major differences I noticed with their subways for mass transit was a larger network in Tokyo, their subways do seem cleaner, on time and different interiors like lcd screens etc. I am not sure how CTA compares, I have only used CTA, t
  2. You are right, sorry posted this on my lunch. The start (not in video) was in Albany Park so I will rename it.
  3. Hello is there a post requirement to post new topics? My button is completely missing.
  4. I really enjoy the CTA anytime I am visiting Chicago but I have to be blunt and honest as well about some of the downsides. Wifey and myself traveled there recently last year and the year before using the belmont and logan square stops. in 2017 my wife was pregnant with our son and we took the blue line from ohare to our destination. It was a short walk but of course being pregnant, walking around was difficult for her and a significant portion of service elevators were not working. In many cases we found ourselves needing to use lyft as there weren't really many options. We attempted to
  5. I appreciate the reply, some of the concerns came after reading others stories where those individuals were implying a very strict system where someone swiped their card and was locked out then jumped a barricade or accidentally had gone in through the gate piggybacking off someone elses pass. One of the stories claims that police were called and the person offered to pay their fare and were told it was too late and were being arrested and charged. Of course it's impossible to say how credible these stories are, these could be people who either have multiple offenses or were involved in other
  6. Not sure where this fits and hopefully what I am posting doesn't come off the wrong way but I suppose it will ease some anxiety. My first time using CTA was 2009 before Ventra was rolled out. I was taken to Midway station for the orange line by some friends and ended up using the machine and printed out one of those paper magnetic cards. I guess those cards were multi use I think was one of the 7 day ones. Anyways, where I became confused was the bus system, I ended up going on the bus and saw some people putting money into the slot, I figured the buses didnt use the Chicago c
  7. sorry for bumping this old thread but I am near the belmont blue line stop and a significant portion of stations do not have elevators and very steep stairs, additionally the gates are too small to even bring a stroller through and no wheel chair access. The stairs are steep and i find myself having to find other ways to bring my son down through the subway. This is very frustrating as I am not trying to violate cta rules, but the only way to go up is literally via either escalator or carrying the stroller like a stretcher. What do people in wheel chairs do and what does CTA expect us to do?
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