That's a pretty colossal fuck-up.
If only Chicago had a monorail, they wouldn't be able to escape!
I want a subway in Seattle right now!! That sounds AWESOME!!!!!
I've been underground on stalled BART trains - which is about 200% nicer than the CTA (no offense, BART's just newer), and it suuuuuuuucks. Bad. I'd probably rip the doors off after 30 minutes. Exactly that just happened here a few months ago when a small track fire backed cars up in a tunnel - smoke coming into the car but the driver had either no idea or no plan to pull the train out.
I'd like to finish by saying that nothing terrible happens 99.98% of the time, so underground trains still rule.
thankfully, seattle's system is going to be powered from overhead wires. that third rail thing has always scared me.
and of course we all know that disasters never occur when cars have problems.
At least it's not the #36 downtown bus that had to endure a vomit-pile for 5 miles until a poor Metro-employee had to board and clean it between stops. Not quite glamrous enough for "Last Days" column or else I'd comment, but this has forced me to get my bike out of storage and start riding. Stinking #36!!!
The CTA is absolute shit. Those trains will soon be far beyond repair.
That's totally appropriate for Last Days.
Any Metro system should, but won't and never will, have a time limit for how long they keep people stranded before they evacuate passengers. Two hours is unforgivable.
Subways are great! Let's listen to Red Rossi and bankrupt the state to build them! And, heck, let's do it in earthquake prone areas!
Sounds like Hillary Clinton's campaign!
i still feel no existential rivalry with Chicago. none.
#9 - there are subways in Americas two most earthquake prone areas. In fact, engineers believe them to be one of the safest places to be should an earthquake occur.
@12, there are no subways in Alaska.
@12: He's kidding. Will knows nothing about geology or engineering.
I want teh subways to take me between my 40 to 100 story moderate income apartment buildings.
I was in one of those trains; I ride the blue line to work every morning. The delay was 45 minutes. Beats me how a train making me 45 minutes late would delay someone else for "two hours."
Missed headline: "CHICAGO SUBWAY RIDERS ARE REVOLTING!"
Hey Will, those subway tunnels will be safer if we use them to link 100-story residential towers together right? 'Cause 100-story residential towers are earthquake-safe, right?
#17 - probably in the same way that my "going to the drugstore across the street" just kept me away from my desk for a half hour (i.e. browsing magazines at the bookstore).
11: Well I wouldn't worry about that. I doubt most Chicagoans give a shit about Seattle.
I was trapped in a CTA subway once, last summer on a hot, horrible train. NOT FUN!!
I fear for our crumbling infrastructure.
I like to think of life itself, the trip from birth to death, as being a kind of subway ride that you're hopelessly trapped on. There is no side exit from the narrow tunnel that is the river of time. There is no train conductor to lead you out the emergency exit. You stay there, within the confines of the subway car that is the bounds of your lived experience, whose windows are the event horizon of your daily joys and sorrows, and it only ends one way, in one place. Two stations. No stops.
Thank you. I've got chap books you can buy on the table by the door. Thank you.
@23 Well, for other options you can step on the 3rd rail, jump in front, bust a window and stick yer head out, or look cross-eyed at the huge black dude holding up a blonde ready to spew chunks all over a packed (think sausage) Red Line from the Aragon 2:30 am New Year's Day.
I'd hate to think what would've happened had that one died. Revolting, indeed... a lot of fucked up people on that train.
Sounds almost as plesent as my ride home on the 49 tonight.I don't know what's dumber, allowing dogs on the bus or being a street kid that has a dog that could eat a small house. And I used to ride the Traveling Homeless shelter...er...I mean the Red Line at 4 A.M five days a week and on more then one occasion had a person throw a bottle of piss at me.
elenchos, you are very... deep... today.
my sister was on that train. there were a couple of small fires on the train, and they tried to push the stalled train with the one behind it. which didn't work.
I have a love/hate relationship with the CTA. Having never lived in a large city, it's great to be able to come home at four in the morning, piss drunk, and not have to worry about driving or having someone else drive. On the other hand, sometimes its better to shell out the thirty bucks for a cab when the alternative is standing waiting for a bus for an hour and a half, in the dead of winter, piss drunk AND freezing to death.
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