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NYC MetroCard provides murder suspect with alibi

In the past here we've discussed the pros and cons of letting the CTA track your every movement on the system via a Chicago Card and Chicago Card Plus. Not to mention giving the CTA access to your credit card via a Chicago Card Plus.

But a guy in New York City has been released on bail after a MetroCard he used proved his alibi -- and that it would have been difficult if not impossible for him to have committed the murder he was accused of.

The New York Times has that story.

Recycling MTA rail cars -- in ocean reefs. Frankly, I'm not sure what the CTA does with old rail cars. I suspect they cut them up and recycle the scrap metal for cash.

But in New York City, some retired rail cars are being used as a habitat for ocean fish in reefs all along the Atlantic Coast. It's a cool idea.

Watch the video here at the NBC Nightly News site.


Am I the only one so devious as to have read that story and thought "so he handed his fare card off to his friend to set up his alibi."

Maybe the updated version shows that didn't happen. Maybe they had a camera image of him using the card, the way they did of him in the currency exchange or whatever it was. But the initial reports didn't sound conclusive.

yeah, I'm a skeptical sort too but if he did commit the crime it would involve A) knowing that the MTA keeps track of who's card is whose and everytime and place they use it (which is not impossible, but I wouldn't have known that), getting all of your co-workers to go along with saying you were riding the bus home with them (which the story states and again, is not impossible to achieve) and getting your girlfriend to go along with your story too (once again, not impossible). Not saying he didn't do it, but it would take some specific planning to pull this off. Besides, the story says there's a photo of him cashing his check, which he reportedly did between leaving his co-workers and seeing his girlfriend.


I wonder how long it will be before the MetroCard story shows up on "Law & Order."

"Frankly, I'm not sure what the CTA does with old rail cars. I suspect they cut them up and recycle the scrap metal for cash."

nah, the put 'em on the green line.

Martha -
L&O franchises have been using the MetroCard as an investigative tool for several seasons.

It's helped point the finger at some suspects, as well as exonerate others.

It already has.

Damn, I guess I have to start watching TV more regularly.

I miss Jerry Orbach...

I was walking back to my hotel from the subway the night Broadway went dark to honor Jerry Orbach's memory. I miss Lennie Briscoe.

So the moral of the this story is; if you are going to sneak around, don't use a linked transit card or i-pass etc.

or keep a cash one in your wallet and use that one if you are up to no good :)


Didn't know if anyone saw this yet, but http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=117268136785581994311.0004486f843bf09ba2c8b&ll=41.917096,-87.63485&spn=0.12237,0.32135&z=12 is pretty interesting (don't know why they would extend the forest park branch so far, and googling carroll-ogden transitway just got me to a comment on here)

That's a cool mockup. I think that Carroll-Ogden thing was supposed to be a bus or light rail, but I've never understood the need for it exactly.

There was talk about extending the Forest Park branch to Oakbrook or around there. The leaders in that county/city had expressed interesting in doing so. It's pretty underserved by Metra in that corridor I believe.

Anyone want to weigh-in on the new signage about continuous rail riders?

"Anyone want to weigh-in on the new signage about continuous rail riders?"

Well, as I've said on other sites today, if it is shown to be a big enough financial drain (and by "it" I mean the main "continuous riders", i.e. the homeless who they're targeting obviously), then, sure, curtail that activity. But my guess is there's no definite way to prove this, so deal with it as they always have: If they come across someone who is obviously causing a disturbance who happens to be homeless, by all means roust them out of there. But if all they're doing is taking up one or two seats and just sleeping on the train (that's not being taken out of service) and it's a million degrees below zero out there, let them sleep and ride all night if they have to. Who cares?

And if someone mentions "Ugh, they smell bad, they should make them leave," ....

I would modify the Carrol/Ogden Transitway. At Carrol/Clark it would turn south and there would be a transfer point at Clark/Lake. It would then turn west on Randolf, and then turn south on Clinton. After leaving Union Station, it would turn east on Jackson, and then turn south on Columbus, and stop at Museum Campus and Soldiers Field.

I think they might be able to prove it by the amount of time it takes to remove these people from the train at the end of the line. Most of the time these people don't seem they would notice the train reached the end of the line.

The only time it really bothers me is when there are a lot of them in 1 car and they are all taking up more than 1 seat. That is aggravating...

However, I don't think that CTA is obligated to "do the right thing" with the homeless. It's not their problem. And they are serving the majority of customers better by eliminating these riders from continuously riding. I hardly think their budget would be hurt if homeless people all of a sudden stopped riding the train. In fact, probably the opposite would happen.

In reference to the map: I think it would be interesting if someone set up a site where people could create their own vision for the future of the CTA. Everyone makes their own map, and they could be compared, etc.

It could just be for transit geeks or could be used to show support for transit projects in the area.

Extending the Blue Line to Downers Grove would open up access to the I-88 "High Tech Corridor" as well as access to Oak Brook Center and Yorktown Center. Indeed, it would fill a void between Metra lines that hit Elmhurst, Villa Park and Lombard to the north and Downers Grove etc to the south.

Interestingly, for two decades prior to WWII, what is now the Blue Line did extend past Forest Park into Maywood and Bellwood, then headed south parallel to Mannheim and terminated in Westchester near Cermak.

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