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  1. Thanks for posting. Some interesting new fares: Sounds like Metra is inching towards requiring riders to have working smart phones. (If it's good enough for the Chicago Bears, it's good enough for Metra.)
  2. Yes, but passengers getting off the train will presumably have to pass through check points before they will be allowed to enter the station. How do they get past the check point if they couldn't buy a ticket at their point of origin or on the train? Is possession of a functional smart phone now going to be a requirement for riding UP Metra trains to downtown?
  3. Thanks for the heads up. It doesn't say how passengers getting off the train without a ticket will be expected to pay their fare. There are no ticket windows or vending machines at most suburban UP stations and those that have them are only open in the morning. Will they set up vending machines before disembarking passengers get to the check booths? Or will having a working smart phone with the Ventra app be a requirement for riding UP Metra trains to downtown now? The UP press release seems to imply that passengers without tickets will be fined or arrested. Union Pacific plan to collect fares met with concerns by Metra New Fare Collection Procedures on UP Metra Lines Focus on Health and Safety
  4. They haven't suspended all service to Kenosha. This is the alert that is currently up on the Metra web site:
  5. I have ridden the Blue Line to O'Hare from time to time overnight because the car rentals there are open 24 hours. Will they still let you go upstairs and out to a car rental shuttle? And I haven't brought any kind of ticket to the airport since the advent of e-ticketing. Am I now going to have to print out some kind of paper receipt to show the cops to get into the airport?
  6. From the web page: "Metra is monitoring the level of crowding on each train by calculating the average number of riders per train car over a five-day period." Then further down on the page the green bar says: "Low ridership < 50 riders per car." The yellow bar says "Some ridership 50 - 70 riders per car." The orange bar says "Moderate ridership 70 - 100 riders per car." The red bar says "High ridership 100+ riders per car." And if you click on the individual charts (like this chart for the BNSF line), there is a color-coded key at the bottom of each page that also says "per car."
  7. Just a small correction: I think the statistics in those charts are riders per car, not riders per train.
  8. In this picture, it looks like some of the lights and signs on the train are still lit up. Are all those people hanging around on the tracks with live power still going to the third rail? Or is there a battery on the train to keep the lights going?
  9. Heavy rain floods CTA bus. (video). Unfortunately the video doesn't give any indication as to where or when it happened.
  10. Metra to reduce HC, SWS and NCS schedules May 4
  11. I rode a Pulse bus on Route 209 last fall (October or November). I thought it odd to use such a large bus given how few people ride that route. And one Sunday in March (before the lockdown) I saw a Pulse bus go by displaying a Route 270 sign. That might have been really confusing to any passengers waiting for a Rt 270 bus. The passengers might have assumed the bus wasn't going to stop and backed away from the bus stop and then had to wait another hour for another bus.
  12. Am I the only one imagining that some rider is going to get his arm caught in the door trying to open it, the driver won't notice him, and the driver will take off, ripping off the rider's arm?
  13. To support public safety and social distancing practices in response to COVID-19, CTA will be offering a one-time credit for any remaining days left on an active 7- or 30-day pass, based on when the pass was last used. https://www.ventrachicago.com/covid-19/?utm_source=Homepage Promobox&utm_campaign=COVID-19
  14. Metra: Medical personnel ride free during coronavirus pandemic https://metrarail.com/about-metra/newsroom/medical-personnel-ride-free-during-coronavirus-pandemic
  15. As long as you have a paper transfer or an active fare on your Clipper Card or mobile app, you don't have to tap in or show the driver anything when boarding a SF Muni bus. You just walk in and sit down. But if a fare inspector comes by, you have to show them proof of payment or face being ticketed. But here is the part you might not like. If your transfer expires while you are on the Muni bus, you are supposed to go back up to the front and pay again and get a new transfer. With the CTA, if you tap in one minute before your transfer expires and stay on the bus for an hour, no problem. With Muni, if an inspector comes by and your transfer is expired, you are treated like someone who didn't pay their fare at all, even if your transfer was valid when you boarded the bus.
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