Blog posts tagged “Travel”

Metra's new site: a review
September 10, 2009

Metra launched a new website this week and since I'm a commuter, designer, and collector, I felt compelled to share my reaction. Any change would have been an improvement to their old site, but while there were welcomed enhancements, not everything lived up to the hype.

Bi-Level gold
June 5, 2009

I love On the Bi-Level. It's a bi-monthly newsletter from Metra written for and distributed only on the trains throughout the fleet since the 1980s. It's one of the tiny gems that I discovered when I started riding.

Metra ticket: June 2008
July 2, 2008

First-grader Christopher won the honor of having his design grace June's Metra ticket. It's a cute drawing of Chicago and its various modes of transportation.

Metra tickets galore
May 6, 2008

Thanks to the great folks at Metra, the design gallery has nearly doubled to 89 tickets. They were kind enough to send me unused tickets for 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2004.

Metra ticket: May 2008
May 1, 2008

Happy May, everyone. A new month means another new Metra ticket design. Tori was the 12th-grade winner in the Metra Safety Poster Contest, telling passengers to "Stay Behind the Yellow Line."

Metra ticket design: April 2008
April 2, 2008

Happy April, everyone. A new month means another new Metra ticket design, this time from Jacqueline—fifth grade winner in the Metra Safety Poster contest. While I like the message, "Lead by Example," I'm not too thrilled about how Metra used it.

Metra ticket design: March 2008
March 1, 2008

Happy March, everyone. A new month means a new Metra ticket design. March's design comes from seventh grade winner in the Metra Safety Poster contest, Alexis Dee from Central Park Elementary School. It encourages others to lead by example at all ages.

Metra ticket design: February 2008
January 30, 2008

It looks like all the designs for 2008 might be from the Metra Safety Poster contest that I mentioned in my post about the January 2008 ticket.

Metra ticket design: January 2008
December 23, 2007

A winner from the second annual Metra Safety Poster Contest kicks off the new year with a simple, yet effective reminder to stay safe around trains: Life doesn't rewind.

Metra ticket designs
December 2, 2007

As any commuter knows, it's the small things that make commuting bearable—sometimes even enjoyable. Here in Chicago, its the monthly Metra ticket designs that add a little fun to my commute each month. While largely unnoticed by most riders, they they add a pinch of variety to an otherwise monotonous trip.

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