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Navigating public transit in a wheelchair | The Transit Diaries

For many, walking up dozens of steps to reach a platform or standing on a crowded train or bus can feel like a nuisance, but part of the commuting experience. For those like 21-year-old Northwestern University student Jackie Quinn, who uses a motorized wheelchair to get around, navigating the CTA...

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  • Chicago transit overhaul gets $156M in federal funds, $125M more possible

    Chicago transit overhaul gets $156M in federal funds, $125M more possible

    The federal government is steering $156 million in new funding to help Chicago modernize congested and aging sections of its busiest commuter rail corridor. Another $125 million on top of that is written into President Barack Obama's fiscal 2017 budget proposal. But that money would still have...

  • The CTA Fails empire expands: Meet the man behind it all

    The CTA Fails empire expands: Meet the man behind it all

    The man behind "CTA Fails" has expanded its social media footprint to Instagram, where people can see for themselves how much the transit agency's service sucks sometimes. Ryan Smith, the 31-year-old Chicagoan who runs the Instagram account along with @CTAFails on Twitter and a corresponding Facebook...

  • Wabash Lights public art test to begin next week

    Wabash Lights public art test to begin next week

    Wabash Lights, an ambitious public art project that will add shots of color to the underside of the "L" tracks downtown, is scheduled to begin its beta test next week, six months after a crowdfunding campaign raised nearly $60,000 to make it happen. Twelve rods of LED lights have been installed...

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  • Two aldermen call for lowering sales tax on tampons

    Two aldermen call for lowering sales tax on tampons

    Tampons and sanitary pads would be exempt from Chicago's portion of the sales tax under an ordinance two aldermen are pushing as a way to help correct what they say is an unfairness to women who need to buy the products. The items are currently taxed at 10.25 percent like many other products bought...

  • Chicago's GiveForward co-founder Ethan Austin says he's leaving

    Chicago's GiveForward co-founder Ethan Austin says he's leaving

    GiveForward co-founder Ethan Austin is leaving the medical crowdfunding site he helped launch in 2008. Austin made the announcement in a post on LinkedIn in recent days. He said he plans to travel to South America and study Spanish with his wife in May. "We booked our tickets this morning actually,"...

  • Lead risks and other things you need to know about Chicago's drinking water

    Lead risks and other things you need to know about Chicago's drinking water

    Flint, Mich., isn’t the only place looking at pollutants in its drinking water. The city's water crisis has made the hazards of lead pipes a national issue and caused residents in cities across the nation to wonder whether they, too, could be exposed to the brain-damaging metal by simply drinking...

  • Top 5 CTA complaints via CTA Fails

    Top 5 CTA complaints via CTA Fails

    When riders are frustrated with the CTA's service, cleanliness, passengers and more, many take to Twitter and Instagram to air their grievances, using the popular @CTAFails handle or #CTAFails hashtag.  CTA Fails creator Ryan Smith sifts through hundreds of complaints a day and has compiled a list...

  • Skilling: Polar air to stay through the weekend

    Skilling: Polar air to stay through the weekend

    After an extended period of above-normal temperatures, a major shift in jet-stream winds will steer polar air across the Chicago area into Sunday. Northwest-to-north winds will be tapping a reservoir of arctic air originating from northern Canada. The cold is forecast to arrive in several waves....

  • Homeless shelter the Crib a refuge for young LGBT people

    Homeless shelter the Crib a refuge for young LGBT people

    Among those waiting outside a North Side shelter on a recent, bitterly cold night was Cilantra, the street name of a 23-year-old who has been scuffling since leaving his family's home five years ago. "I was pretty much running away," Cilantra said. "All we did was yell at each other." Cilantra is...

  • 5 young Chicago activists answer 5 questions about the movement

    5 young Chicago activists answer 5 questions about the movement

    RedEye asked five young activists their thoughts on the movement, recent protests and the impact they have had on Chicago.    1. In three words, how would you characterize this movement? Page May, 27, an organizer of Assata's Daughters and member of Black Youth Project 100: Unapologetically Black....

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