|Realizing she's being recorded, a CTA employee pretends to unlock already unlocked gate.|
How much of CTA's financial woes are due to their employees carelessness and, or malfeasance?
In January of 2013, the price of a 30-day pass will jump from $86 to $100. Meanwhile, CTA employees, who ride for free at the taxpayers' expense, are allegedly giving away free rides by leaving access gates open and fare booths unattended.
In a series of YouTube videos, which have gone largely unnoticed, a ticked-off CTA rider recorded unlocked gates and unmanned fare booths at the CTA Thorndale "L" in Edgewater -- the Lawrence stop in Uptown -- and at the downtown Randolph and Wabash station.
A Chicago Transit Authority worker at the Thorndale station not only left the gate open, he apparently had an unauthorized female companion inside the fare booth.
Unlocked gate at Thorndale:
Unlocked gate at Lawrence Red Line:
Unlocked gate at Wabash and Randolph: