We already know that excessive grease and debris on the Red Line subway tracks sparked a fire that hospitalized 19 people on June 20.
But what we are learning from a confidential report obtained by the Better Government Association is that a CTA supervisor told the Chicago Fire Department they were not needed after all when the train operator reported the fire was almost burned out. That supervisor was later fired.
According to the Sun-Times, the report:
- Recommends changes in protocol, including using less
lubricant on tracks.
- Suggests calling firefighters whenever there is smoke in the
- Requires trains to stand in a station or park at the
nearest station whenever there is smoke in the subway.
- Recommends a regular cleaning schedule for debris on
the right-of-way. Debris is cleared from tracks on curves weekly and on
the remaining track every three to four weeks.