The Beauty of the Monthly CTA pass

by hsmith | 01/12/2009


I've been complaining about the new CTA fare structure and the fact that I have to get a monthly CTA pass now to get to work. However Saturday when I woke up and the world was a swirling mass of white snow I started to embrace my inner Chicago Card. The mission:get to the hardware store and shop for dinner for 6 people at 2 different grocery stores in Rogers Park in 2 hours. I strapped on my backpack, ipod and set out along Sheridan and realized I had such a luxury of transit options available to me: I took whichever Sheridan bus was coming first--North or South is fine to connect me to other buses. I hopped the 147 to Howard, then grabbed the 22 Bus down to the Clark/Devon Hardware store. Then grabbed another 22 going North to Morse, dropped off a library book, walked 3 blocks, got a couple bags of groceries and hopped the Red Line home. I even got to stop at the wine shop and saw a few neighbors and made it home in plenty of time. The buses had surprisingly good headways and the drivers were cheerful even in the middle of a blizzard when an avalanche of snow came raining on my head before boarding a bus. One driver even stopped in the middle of the block for me when he realized I could never get around a huge puddle. Overall I'm sooo lucky to live in a neighborhood of decently connected buses and trains. There are many places in this great city where I never could have run all of those errands..especially with a loaf of french bread sticking out of my backpack while walking around a giant mound of snow.