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Old 02-27-2021, 10:30 PM
 
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Before Covid, the train was always full. During summer when I was taking it to/from work at different hours, it was practically empty and kind of scary to be on. How are the loads now? Has it gotten better? Are trains getting full again? I haven't worked for months now but am going back in March. Thanks!
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Old 02-28-2021, 08:02 AM
 
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Took an early morning ride to Ohare in late January. It was mostly empty. There were homeless people sleeping overnight, a guy smoking in one of the cars, and overall a pretty creepy experience with odd characters everywhere. And I used to take the blue line to/from Ohare every week for flights. Maybe it's better during middle of the day...

Public transpo in cities all over is going to really feel the strain due to remote work.
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Old 02-28-2021, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Trains are still pretty empty. I’m guessing there will be a gradual uptick in ridership from late spring to fall. Come fall, there is a good chance that you could see the trains look somewhat like they used to.
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Old 02-28-2021, 09:43 AM
 
Location: In the land beyond Ohare!
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Those homeless and others were on public transport before Covid. They just blended into the crowds.
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Old 02-28-2021, 08:58 PM
 
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Ok, thanks! That's how it was in summer. It was scary taking the train. Now, Uber and Lyft are so expensive to take and no ride sharing options to make it cheaper. This whole thing sucks. They need to clean up the CTA so people can feel safe being on it at different hours of the day/night.




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Took an early morning ride to Ohare in late January. It was mostly empty. There were homeless people sleeping overnight, a guy smoking in one of the cars, and overall a pretty creepy experience with odd characters everywhere. And I used to take the blue line to/from Ohare every week for flights. Maybe it's better during middle of the day...

Public transpo in cities all over is going to really feel the strain due to remote work.
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Old Yesterday, 10:05 AM
 
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I wonder if/how other large mass transit (specifically, rail) systems successfully address issues of security. Is anyone doing a brilliant job of it?
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Old Today, 07:29 AM
 
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I wonder if/how other large mass transit (specifically, rail) systems successfully address issues of security. Is anyone doing a brilliant job of it?
Singapore, Tokyo, Berlin, Sydney, even London, though they've slipped a bit recently.
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Old Today, 04:17 PM
 
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Singapore, Tokyo, Berlin, Sydney, even London, though they've slipped a bit recently.
I imagine Singapore and Tokyo are always relatively more secure as part of a low-crime culture. But I guess I should have asked about US systems specifically. Is Chicago's CTA worse than MBTA, MTA, WMATA, BART, SEPTA etc.? Have they done a better job addressing security, and if so, how?
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