Friday, September 17, 2010

Sounds Familiar?

  • A man apparently impersonated a bus driver and drove a CTA bus out of a garage on the South Side last week, prompting the CTA to consider tightening security.

    The man, wearing what appeared to be a CTA uniform, drove the bus out of the 103rd Street garage and was seen later that night by another employee, according to a release from the CTA.

Thank goodness he wasn't intent on any real harm. Now can we expect keypad doors on CTA bus barns along with security and the like?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumor has it there are 40 people on the 2006 list either awaiting an appeal, or already had one. Anybody in the know - know when the ball is going to get rolling with them?

9/17/2010 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ONLY reason they caught him, so to speak, was he HIT another BUS, parking in the garage 4 hours later. This never happened when Huberman ran the CTA.

At least they don't know if it did. . .

9/17/2010 12:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does that 14-year old police impersonator have an alibi?

9/17/2010 12:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder, who will the CTA fire/suspend or threaten to do so over THAT?

9/17/2010 12:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe, CTA can talk to the secret service and get some help.

9/17/2010 01:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmmm Walked into a CTA barn take a bus, load it up with what ever, drive it downtown on Michigan ave. and boom......Time for security at the bus barns

9/17/2010 01:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's an idea. weisl can follow luberman to the cta. Public transportation security guru. Right up his alley. weissl I Mean not luberman's.

9/17/2010 03:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

give the guy some credit, he gave the cta some free work for a couple hours

9/17/2010 03:50:00 AM  
Anonymous I've Heard That Before . said...

Many years ago, (20 or so?), I took a report from Greyhound that was similar. A former driver who had his own uniform, saw a chink in their security system and realized that there was no one at the garage to question the drivers about what they were doing there or where they were going.

Additionally, the buses themselves, that were not assigned to specific routes, were either travel ready, or down for repair... (similar to our pool vehicles). As drivers came in for their 'one time only' trips, they got a functional bus, and off they went.

So, this former driver began taking his church members on occasional one or two day trips that were crazy cheap and he collected all the money. No one knows how long these borrowed bus trips were going on or how frequently, as he apparently branched out into taking other church groups, etc, but it had been 6 months since he officially drove for them.

He was similarly caught, when some idiot crashed into his bus in a minor traffic crash.

The company, fearing bad publicity, declined to prosecute the driver. They settled for his cooperation in explaining how he was getting away with it, his turning over any company ID and uniforms he had and his signing documents drawn up by their lawyers saying he promised not to do it again.

I assume their security and scheduling of buses is much more precise and regulated today than it was back then.

9/17/2010 06:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was maxed out on his credit card and needed a ride for a few hours. Just like they do with squad cars and dump trucks.

9/17/2010 06:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which connected nephew will get the security contract before Shortshanks leaves.

9/17/2010 07:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being that he worked for free it would be awesome if he gave rides for free

9/17/2010 08:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nobody noticed because he drove like crap and was late to every stop. plus had a bad attitude toward life in general.

9/17/2010 08:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But where will I pawn off the hopeless, unsolvable problems that people love to present to me on the beat???? No more "here call this number in the morning, ask for caps". Whatever shall I do?

9/17/2010 09:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only reason they caught him, so to speak, was the bus was running on schedule. Additionally, when the bus came to it's final parking place in the usual manner of bouncing off the barn wall for a three-point turn, no CTA employees were injured and no ghost passengers miraculously appeared on the bus claiming injuries and waiving lawyers business cards. He was last seen attempting to enter an unlocked back door of the 003rd police district.

9/17/2010 09:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was it the 16-year old from 003? He should be old enough to drive a bus by now. lol

9/17/2010 10:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imagine an explosive laden bus left on Cicero Ave. under the over pass that leads to the Midway terminals.

9/17/2010 12:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The lack of security at the barns is frightening. In the Post 9/11 you'd think they would have learned to at least close them. All it would take is 10 simultaneous planted devices to bring our city to it's knees,with no loss of life for the bad guys. The Forest Glen yard is WIDE OPEN 24/7 as are the other yards in city. WAKE UP DUMMIES,we were given a break know learn from it.

9/17/2010 12:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is the 14 year old traffic cop out of the slam again--- maybe he decided he wanted to drive buses instead of being the po po... usually when junior gets sent to jdoc (the thunderdome) they don't like the police to much.....

9/17/2010 02:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

at least this one was 15

9/17/2010 02:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they knew something wasn't right after they realized that bus was running on-time.

9/17/2010 02:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe, CTA can talk to the secret service and get some help.

9/17/2010 01:03:00 AM


Why Secret Service ? J-Fled has friends at the Fumbling Bumbling Idiots that need a cushy know nothing job !!

9/17/2010 03:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Thank goodness he wasn't intent on any real harm." -- SCC

They certainly know who he is. The photo of him they showed on television was almost certainly an Illinois Department of Corrections mug shot.

9/17/2010 03:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yea that secret appeal process that no one seems to know much about??? Any one have any idea when the next test will be? SCC you should push for the city to start a lateral program so you guys could get more officers on the street...would also save the city money in training costs!!

9/17/2010 03:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All that's missing is the teenager that fooled everyone in Englewood doing a bus check on that bus.

9/17/2010 04:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was masters, masters, masters, getting ready for his new job when shanks is gone. he's a suckhole at all levels.


9/17/2010 08:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's amazing as a CTA employee at the shops on vincennes, they make you show your employee id. But any neighborhood rat can enter through one of the bus garage doors. Makes you feel safe working in the bays.

9/17/2010 09:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Peter SNARL's Slimewatch said...

No you damn fools, CAPS don't mean Continually Antagonize Police Staff.
Suckas.Peter Snarl gonna go medieval on one of yall, just wait an see.
CAPS better make a come back.I gots bills to pay. I gots to eats. Winnetka mansions, and Harvard don't come cheap, ask Masters. I'm starvin, only had one filet mignon this week.
That CAPS elimination shit? Put a halt to it, Holt.
fo real.

9/17/2010 09:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

next is the run-away el train.

9/17/2010 10:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is great, hey why doesn't he try to go drive a fire truck?
or better yet a plane

9/17/2010 10:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're assuming there is anyone worth blowing up in Chicago. Some genius who's foresight and political and financial prowess might somehow affect daily world progress. I don't think we have anything to worry about.

9/17/2010 10:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yea that secret appeal process that no one seems to know much about??? Any one have any idea when the next test will be? SCC you should push for the city to start a lateral program so you guys could get more officers on the street...would also save the city money in training costs!!

9/17/2010 03:58:00 PM


Weis is looking into laterals. He was quoted as saying "I think l'll call it the Masters rule". "Anyone who can get certified can work here."

9/17/2010 11:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terrorist dry run ladies and gentlemen we need to stay on our toes don't be complacent

9/19/2010 09:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Next is the run-away el train."

--9/17/2010 10:06:00 PM

Had that already, late 70s was it? Came off the Lake and Wabash curve, thing almost landed on top of me.

Motorman's name? Derail Easter.

9/23/2010 01:13:00 AM  

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