Here's a roundup of recent CTA news and notes:
Wells St. bridge reconstruction to stop "L" traffic in spring. The Wells Street bridge will be closed for a year starting Monday to vehicles and pedestrians. CTA Brown and Purple line trains will still traverse the upper part of the bridge for now. However, the CTA says "L" traffic will halt for two separate nine-day periods in March and April. Alternative bus and rail services will be provided. "The CTA No. 11 Lincoln/Sedgwick and No. 125 Water Tower Express buses will be rerouted via Kinzie and LaSalle streets and Wacker Drive back to Wells," according to the Trib..
"El Stories: Holiday Train" to depart starting Nov. 24. The Waltzing Mechanics will bring back their festive tales of the CTA's Holiday Train on Saturdays starting at 11 p.m. Nov. 24 in the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. "El Stories: Holiday Train" is adapted from interviews by members of Waltzing Mechanics. Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at greenhousetheater.org or 773-404-7336. The real CTA Holiday Train probably will debut before Nov. 24, but the schedule has not yet been firmed up. Stay tuned for that.
Two "(m)ad men" claim "L" Challenge crown. Two co-workers at the Starcom Worldwide ad agency have set a new record for riding through every station on all eight CTA rail lines. Garrett Sorrels and Chris Aubin completed the feat in 9 hours 12 minutes 39 seconds. Grid Chicago has the story and photos.