Everyone hates CTA rail slow zones. Especially the CTA.
Slow zones delay trains and cause people to complain. Slow zones are near the top of the list of complaints I get, and I'm sure for the CTA too.
Fighting slow zones is a never-ending battle for the CTA, especially with a rail system more than 100 years old on some stretches. So it's news when the CTA has some progress to report.
On Tuesday the CTA posted on its Facebook page that it had removed 10 miles of slow zones in a one-month period from June 9 to July 9.:
For example, we eliminated almost four miles of slow zones through Wicker Park and Logan Square as part of track renewal work related to the Your New Blue project.
In July we continued work on the $71M project to eliminate slow zones on and speed up Brown & Purple Line service on the Ravenswood-Loop Connector, which was built in the 1890s and hosts around 700 trains/day.
Learn more about our efforts to eliminate slow zones and speed up service at http://transitchicago.com/
I've heard plenty of complaints about the south Brown Line slow zones. And the CTA is little bit on defensive about the Brown Line slow zones after a critical RedEye story, that prompted a letter to the editor by the CTA.
Bottom line: We're seeing progress in this sisyphean task. And that's a good thing.
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