Posts tagged "Brown Line"

New CTA projects begin Monday - among 8 set for this year

Two of the latest CTA and CDOT construction projects are both slated to begin on Monday. When you add in the next phase of the Blue Line project set to begin in the fall, that’s eight total construction projects this year, either underway, planned or completed. So you can’t say the CTA is just sitting... Read more »

Belmont flyover foes debut website; CTA keeps pushing need for more capacity

The folks who oppose the CTA’s Belmont flyover project are turning up the pressure a bit with the recent debut of a website, plus a presence on Facebook and Twitter. The group’s basic argument is that the flyover will “waste millions in taxpayer funding and destroy Central Lakeview.” They say northbound train service is delayed... Read more »

Surviving Tuesday's hellish North Side CTA commute

A burned CTA bus sits in the 1400 block of Lake Shore Drive. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune)
If you were commuting via the CTA Tuesday morning from the North Side, chances are you were a bit late to wherever you were going. First, an early morning fire at the former Mulligan school, just south of the Armitage station, interrupted service into the Loop on the Brown and Purple lines. Fire crews shut... Read more »

70% of select Lakeview voters turn thumbs down on Belmont flyover

The voters have spoken, and they don’t think the CTA has justified the Belmont flyover project. At least, that’s the opinion of 583 out of 807 voters who weighed in on a referendum question on the ballot in three Lakeview precincts on Tuesday, according to a DNAinfo Chicago report. The referendum, while non-binding, signaled the... Read more »

CTA Belmont flyover fate subject of voter referendum

Some voters in Lakeview’s 44th Ward can weigh in on the CTA’s plan to build the Belmont flyover to speed traffic in and out of Belmont station. Voters in the 20th, 36th and 38th precincts on Tuesday will find this question on the ballot: Has the CTA sufficiently justified the $320 million proposed Brown Line... Read more »

Emanuel buffs CTA portfolio in advance of re-election bid

Ya know, with all these CTA projects underway or about to start, one might think there was an election looming around the bend. Oh yeah! The election for mayor of Chicago is Feb. 24, 2015. And yes, you gotta hand it to Mayor Emanuel – he’s been delivering on his CTA promises. Here are some... Read more »

CTA OKs contract to overhaul rail cars on Brown, Orange lines

The CTA board last week approved a $92 contract for the materials needed necessary to renovate all 257 of the 3200-series rail cars, used on the Orange and Brown lines. Those cars were originally purchased in 1992-1993. The overhauls will extend the life of the rail cars and improve their performance, efficiency and reliability by... Read more »

CTA slow zone report: Progress on Brown, Blue lines

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... Read more »

CTA news: Brown Line slow zone fix underway; Ventra card day is here

Here’s the 411 on two major initiatives for the CTA – slow zone repairs on the Ravenswood Connector and the wide debut of the Ventra fare-payment system. Today marks start of newest Brown, Purple line slow zone project. The CTA today began a $71 million rehab project in the “Ravenswood Connector” to repair slow zones... Read more »

More power to the CTA Red and Brown lines

An upgrade to three power substations will improve service and reliability for riders on the CTA’s Red and Brown lines. The CTA last week  approved the $25.6 million contract to upgrade existing electrical equipment and buildings at Princeton substation on West 63rd Street, the State Street substation in the Loop and the Kimball substation at... Read more »