The track repair and replacement project in the Blue Line Dearborn subway tunnel received an honors award for "exceptional engineering achievement" in the transportation category from the American Council of Engineering Companies.
Here is an excerpt from the CTA press release:
The Dearborn Subway Track Renewal Project rehabilitated over 39,000
feet of track on the second-busiest of CTA's rail lines. As part of the
project, crews replaced nearly seven miles of running rail, contact
rail and ties--including all wooden ties dating back to the 1950s--which
were replaced with concrete. In addition, six thousand feet of ballasted
track in the subway was replaced with a direct fixation concrete slab
track system. CTA began work in April 2009 and the work was completed in
The $88 million project was one of the first construction projects paid for by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, aka "stimulus funding."
Two Metros awards for CTA. The Chicago Transit Authority won first place as the best transit system in the Americas, besting New York City's MTA, Sao Paulo's METRO, and the STM in Montreal.
For this award, judges considered:
- Network coverage, integration with other modes of transport, frequency and efficiency of service
- Customer service levels, customer feedback and value for money
- Overall condition and amenities, including levels of access, safety and security
- High levels of reliability and high performance standards
- Technological innovation
- Environmental considerations and contributions
The CTA won a second place Metros award for "most innovative use of
technology." Metro de Madrid earned first place in the category.
Congrats to the CTA!