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Brian / April 3, 2006 12:36 AM

Heh! Fancy.

Bronto / April 3, 2006 12:48 AM

Sweet merciful crap.

Phil / April 3, 2006 1:50 AM

better than mauve

Stephen / April 3, 2006 7:28 AM

Seriously - what color did you think you'd get when you asked a bunch of schoolchildren to come up with it? I coulda told you it'd be pink.

Dino / April 3, 2006 7:56 AM

I gotta chuckle at all the homophobes that think that riding the Pink line will make them gay or some how less of a man. It's just a color for crying out loud!

jennifer / April 3, 2006 8:36 AM

i think it's not nearly as big a deal as people are making it out to be. people really will complain about anything won't they? what other color could the it have been? the whole rainbow, grey and brown are taken.

ecobox / April 3, 2006 8:36 AM

Silver, Gold, and Pink were the kid's choices. I agree with Stephen -- what'd you expect? If they'd asked designers, you would have gotten three PMS colors to choose from (PMS 123, 1795, and 3415, for example). If they'd asked sports fans, they would have requested the lines be changed to the names of area sports teams (Bears, Bulls, Fire, Cubs, Sox, etc). People were gonna bitch no matter what. I've gone on for far too long on this. Must be the coffee...

mike / April 3, 2006 8:44 AM

Once again, the Gay Agenda¨ being thrown in the face of Wholesome, God-Fearing Heteros.

Toni / April 3, 2006 9:06 AM

Well, Mary Kay would be proud.

Brandy / April 3, 2006 9:13 AM

It makes me giggle.

j / April 3, 2006 9:19 AM

Who cares. Really, who gives a damn what color they name it. It doesn't matter, it's irrelevant; moot.

How about we discuss the actual line- is it necessary? Is it a good financial investment for a "cash strapped" CTA? Could this money be better spent elsewhere?

Or we can ramble on about the color...whatever.

jeff / April 3, 2006 9:30 AM

Meh...some folks aren't happy unless they are bitching about something. Probly won't even be an issue in a month. Pink would seem to be as good a color as any other. I also think the issue of the red line fading to pink is a bit of a stretch.

Kuz / April 3, 2006 9:36 AM

Pink is the New Blue!

anon / April 3, 2006 9:36 AM

Some colors that wouldn't have offended anyone :

Indian Red

Jackson! / April 3, 2006 9:47 AM

Homophobia has nothing to do with people disliking pink. It’s idiotic to even bring such a ridiculous idea to anyone’s attention. That said: The Pink line is a terrible color choice. Why? Simply on a practical level we already have a very similar color on the map (i.e. the Red line). How ‘pink’ is this pink going to be so that it can be distinguished clearly from the Red? This just seems like an idiotic issue to deal with when we had very distinguishable colors like gold and silver available. It’s just stupid. It’s also not a very big deal. Though, I for one live off the Cermak line.

the Explatonator / April 3, 2006 9:49 AM

Gay schmay --- pink is the universal preference of little girls. The little boys split their votes between the bling colors, guaranteeing a little-girl election win. (In my own youth the boys would have voted for black and red, the original Air Jordan colors.)

MikeH / April 3, 2006 10:05 AM

Yeah, the Pink line sounds like The
Pussy Line. Tell you what, let me be
the Purlple Line. That sounds good to
me, I'm the Purple Line.

You're not The Purple Line, a train
from another line's the Purple Line.
You're the Pink Line!!

SHYLO / April 3, 2006 10:18 AM

Isn't there some gang over there that has pink as its color?

olive / April 3, 2006 10:33 AM

are people really upset about the color choice? i'm just upset we don't have a more comprehensive train system. where's the effing circle line?!

commuter / April 3, 2006 10:37 AM

I'd be happy if the Red Line didn't smell like piss and wasn't one big slow zone. The north side stations all leak rain like sieves and are not handicap accessible. There is no police presence so you're pretty much at the mercy of whomever you're sharing the car with. My daily commute could be shortened by 15 minutes if the train actually ran faster than fifteen MPH.

All other issues regarding the CTA are distractions ... and far less significant. The Red Line is the backbone of Chicago's transit. It's criminal how bad it is.

Carlotta / April 3, 2006 10:46 AM

I'd rather have a White Line, myself. Giggle!

pink in the sink / April 3, 2006 10:52 AM

Is it the pink line that means you're pregnant?

JP / April 3, 2006 10:56 AM

What is not to like. As my gynecologist always tells me, "We are all pink on the inside". Besides it doesn't matter waht color shit is it still stinks. Am I right people, is this thing on?

matty / April 3, 2006 10:56 AM

I'm pretty sure this is all an experiment to see if the paulina connector will work as Phase I for the circle line

The ¾ of a mile "Paulina Connector" on Chicago’s Near West Side would be rebuilt to allow 54th/Cermak (Douglas) branch Blue Line trains to operate as an independent rail line to the Loop. This could help provide more frequent CTA rail service to the West Side Medical Center from both the Loop elevated and the Blue Line subway. Direct access to the United Center could also be possible via elevated rail service.

DCE / April 3, 2006 10:58 AM

The argument that the pink line might be confused with the red is, I'm afraid, pretty weak. Surely Gold and Yellow would present far more problems - especially for international visitors.

That said, the pink ought to distinguish itself as readily as the purple line (which, incidentally, no one seems to confuse with the red or blue lines). I'm thinking a bright, Pepto Bismol shade. Seriously.

And if it turns the baseball cap set a little gay we'll all be better for it.

C-Note / April 3, 2006 10:59 AM

Jackson- the Pink Line will be distinguishable from the Red Line, just like the Blue from the Purple, primarily because THEY'RE DIFFERENT LINES! THEY GO IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS! They could all be the same color, and it wouldn't fuckin' matter. Just get on the one that goes kind of near where you're going. Do you get confused by the buses, 'cause they're the same color? Jesus.

eep / April 3, 2006 11:00 AM

I couldn't care less. If it means my Forest Park Blue Line trains will run a bit faster, I'm all for it. If not, it doesn't bother me any. Whatever.

matty / April 3, 2006 11:03 AM

matty / April 3, 2006 11:04 AM

London ran out of primary colors and they use bizzare crap now. No one minds.

VinceJose / April 3, 2006 11:14 AM

To MikeH:

Why can't we choose our own name?

No, I tried it before & it didn't work! I had four guys fighting over the Black Line!

kelly / April 3, 2006 11:15 AM

i'm proud to live on the pink line! i'm looking forward to more frequency of trains and not having to wait for the *right* blue line on my way home to pilsen.

paul / April 3, 2006 11:30 AM

If the color is just used to distinguish the line on a map or graphic it's not so bad, but if great big pink signs start showing up, it's not only girlish, it's garish.

For those of you who suggested Gold - that's being reserved for the luxury L line planned for us North Shore people that will go straight from the Wilmette Linden stop to Ohare, so we won't have to mix with you 'city people'.

Oh - and primary colors run out at three. I've seen the term misused all over recently.

Paul / April 3, 2006 11:33 AM

Well, Paul, if they actually follow the modern signage standards on the Pink Line, there won't be gigantic pink signs everywhere. So that's a plus!

I think the color's fine, and Matty's right that it's just phase I of the Circle Line plan anyway. (And say - there's no color there, is there?)

slb / April 3, 2006 12:12 PM

i'm a girl, and i hate pink. but i don't really care that it's the new train line. i don't really like orange, either - so what.

i do wonder if that means the circle line will be the pink line, though - or if they will get rid of pink when the circle is done? and when is that supposed to be done, anyway? i hope it's soon - getting to work via train would be a lot faster for me...

HuckleCat / April 3, 2006 12:22 PM

I would have preferred silver over pink. Although I do like Anon's suggestion of mulatto.

e_five / April 3, 2006 12:23 PM

Now that summer is coming, I'm looking forward to a tan line.

Quentin / April 3, 2006 12:32 PM

(Setting: CTA meeting)

PINK LINE: Why am I the Pink Line?

CTA: Because you're a ******, all right?

PINK LINE: Why can't we pick our own colors?

CTA: No way, no way. Tried it once, it doesn't work. You get seven train lines all fighting over who's gonna be the Black Line. But they don't know each other, so nobody wants to back down. No way, I pick. You're the Pink Line. Be thankful you're not the Yellow Line.

BROWN LINE: Yeah, but the Brown Line, that's a little too close to the Shit Line.

PINK LINE: The Pink Line sounds like the Pussy Line. How about if I'm the Purple Line? That sounds good to me. I'll be the Purple Line.

CTA: You're not the Purple Line. Some train on some other line is the Purple Line. You're the Pink Line.

RED LINE: Who cares what your name is?

PINK LINE: Yeah, that's easy for you to say. You're the Red Line. You have a cool sounding name. All right look, if it's no big deal to be the Pink Line, you wanna trade?

CTA: Hey, nobody's trading with anybody. This ain't a goddamn fucking city council meeting, you know. Now listen up, Pink Line. There's two ways you can go on this job - my way or the highway. Now what's it going to be, Pink Line?

PINK LINE: Fucking forget about it. It's beneath me. I'm the Pink Line. Let's move on.


jp / April 3, 2006 12:42 PM

Man, I was all over the White Line.

The tie-in marketing with Merle Haggard / Motörhead would have ruled.

jay / April 3, 2006 12:45 PM the Orange line the undercover cop line?

geo / April 3, 2006 12:46 PM

As long as they dont ask me to walk for three days and give money for breast cancer, I'm fine with it.

Helen Keller / April 3, 2006 12:47 PM

I don't like pink. It's too bumpy.

Rob / April 3, 2006 12:51 PM

I think people are using a bit of optimistic thinking here, assuming the Pink line is the beginning of the Circle Line. Unless someone knows something that I don't, we haven't heard peep from the city or the CTA about the Circle line for a long, long time.

Eamon / April 3, 2006 12:55 PM

I like it. 'Nuff said.

mike / April 3, 2006 12:56 PM

Gold and silver are probably out of the running because they can't be printed as spot color. Cost prohibitive.

Paul / April 3, 2006 1:08 PM

The Pink Line is a 6-month trial. At the end of it, who knows what will happen - if the reception to it is good, though, I'm sure it'll remain in some form.

I seriously doubt that the Paulina Connector was rebuilt just for a 6-month rerouting project. It really is the first step in the Circle Line plan, per their own materials.

s / April 3, 2006 1:12 PM

here's the cash, it's just gona take awhile.

matty / April 3, 2006 1:21 PM

Quentin that was the funniest thing I have ever read on here. hahaha.

matty / April 3, 2006 1:26 PM

Well on my Circle Line theory i just kind of figured since the plans for the pink line mimic exactly the phase I proposal.

Please don't quote me. Though I will accept your mass-transit supersleuth accolades.

lara / April 3, 2006 1:29 PM

queerin' up the's about time! andersonville and boystown ought be most jealous...

anon / April 3, 2006 1:56 PM

I'm flying on a thin Pink Line
Standing in the doorway of what's mine
Please, don't you try and stop me from going in
Don't talk about the blood
Running down my chin
Don't ask me how I feel
Cause I feel fine

Dirty Old Man / April 3, 2006 3:06 PM

I was riding the pink line last night!

Emerson Dameron / April 3, 2006 3:21 PM

It won't bug me until that piece of shit Kruesi starts bitching about the Authority's "financial woes" again. Although I think the "Clear Line" or the "Black Line" would've been better.

Dan / April 3, 2006 5:01 PM

Gurl, it's going to be FABULOUS!

kate / April 3, 2006 5:06 PM

Yeah... I don't care. Pink shmink.
But if we're going with the "slightly silly" colors theme, I suggest chartreuse be the next choice.
OR if we want to go all confusing, we should stick with the colors we already have and just go with different shades. Baby blue, navy blue, violet blue, bleu cheese, and so on.

Flynn / April 3, 2006 6:31 PM

Since we've had the same (good) joke 3 times, I say we take to calling it the Buscemi Line. I think the lines need nicknames anyway.


Craig / April 3, 2006 7:08 PM

Wanna know why they let school children name the line Pink?


According to the CTA's Circle Line Plan, this is phase 1. If this is successful, it will be most likely linked up with the Brown line to make better use of what is now a North-side only line.

Circle Line Phase 2 connects the Paulina Connector southward to the Orange Line, and is temporarily rerouted as the Purple line.

Phase 3 connects the Paulina Connector northward to the Blue Line (Division) and Red Line (North/Clybourn). Once this is complete, the line is completely separate from the rest of the system, and will probably be referred to as the Circle line, and the color will change to something respectable.

See images of the color changes here. (the first 3 jpgs)
And the overall plan here.

mike-ts / April 3, 2006 11:00 PM

Don't they have any good marketing people down there? Car makers don't sell green, red, black, etc. cars anymore, it's all fancy names. And the word of the decade is "extreme", like "turbo" was in the 90's. And add cross marketing link-ups.

So how about the T-Mobile CTA Extreme Turbo Fierce Pink Wildberry Line, sponsored by Chase, as presented by Macy's.

As the guy says, "This Is Grand!"

maxie / April 3, 2006 11:18 PM

colors are soooo 2005. I think we should just call it Bob.

Brian / April 4, 2006 7:38 AM

What, you were expecting the teal line?

JasonB / April 4, 2006 1:32 PM

I'm still waiting on the fuchsia & magenta lines

Gilligan Gooner / May 30, 2006 9:25 PM

I hear it's supposed to merged with the brown line, from 54/Cermak to Kimball. This is in addition to direct orange line service from Midway to Kimball.

That's phase 2 of the circle line project.

And the pink line...

Ralph: Hey Joe, who was your commute this morning?

Joe: It was terrible, Ralph. There was another stupid delay on the pink line. Plus, someone took a piss close to where I was sitting.

jaycee / January 1, 2009 4:36 PM

Quention, nice transcript from Reservoir Dogs. 'espect yo!

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