Posts tagged "Chicago Transit Authority"

Four north Red Line CTA stations to be rebuilt - with elevators

The four CTA Red Line stations north of Wilson are in line for complete reconstruction – including elevators – as early as 2017, according to a Tribune report. Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr will be rebuilt along with the crumbling elevated structure and deteriorating track at a cost of about $1.13 billion. That funding... Read more »

CTA video - March in review: Your New Blue

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Here’s a CTA video recapping the news from March. If you’re a Blue Line rider. There was big news Your New Blue: four-year, $492 million Blue Line rehab project Ventra transition to be completed by July 1 Train Tracker screen improvements: The CTA is rolling out updates to how train tracker signs display information, adding customer... Read more »

Harrison Red Line station to get $10 million rehab

Work to rehab the Harrison Street station on the CTA’s Red Line will begin early Monday morning. The $10 million rehab will include structural and cosmetic repairs that will upgrade the 70-year-old station and its three entrances. The Polk Street entrance will close Monday for six weeks. During this time, crews will rehabilitate the auxiliary... Read more »
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What we know now about CTA Blue Line O'Hare derailment

Lots has happened since I last reported on the O’Hare Blue Line derailment. Here’s a synopsis of what we know: The 25-year-old motorwoman, Brittany T. Haywood, has been fired. She ignored two requests to appear at a disciplinary hearing. The NTSB has said she was traveling at 26-miles-per-hour when when woke up from having nodded... Read more »

Thinking big on transit's future: Cook County funding?

Local politician and transit advocates were dreaming big last week at the launch of the Transit Future campaign. The transit advocates – the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and the Active Transportation Alliance - were joined by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and former Santa Monica Mayor Denny Zane... Read more »

CTA takes delivery of more than half of 5000 Series rail cars; added to Purple, Yellow lines

The CTA rollout of its new 5000 Series rail cars is now past the halfway point. The cars with the aisle-facing seats recently started running on the Purple and Yellow lines. The CTA now has taken delivery of 428 of its total order of 714. They are running on the Pink, Green, Red, Purple and... Read more »
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Balance transfer events aim to ease transition to CTA Ventra card

We’re now just one month away from May 1, the first Ventra transition deadline when riders can no longer buy magnetic stripe cards or autoload/reload their Chicago Card/Chicago Card Plus. The two other critical transition dates are: June 1: Customers can no longer reload magnetic stripe cards or use Chicago Card/Chicago Card Plus July 1:... Read more »

Transit task force report: Dump RTA, create new oversight board

A Gov. Quinn task force today called for eliminating the Regional Transportation Authority as well as the boards of the CTA, Metra and Pace. Oversight would be managed by a ”single integrated agency with one board and (initially) three operating units.” The plan would have to be approved by state legislators, which seems like a tall... Read more »

What would you do? Showing consideration to CTA riders with disabilities

Last week I got this email from a longtime reader. She brings up an important issue of being more considerate of our fellow riders. Dear CTA Tattler, I have a disability, and I take the elevator when I can at L stations. Where there isn’t one or its broken, I am blessed with being able... Read more »
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Video shows Blue Line O'Hare escalator crash; motorwoman nodded off previously

In case you haven’t seen it yet, check out the horrific surveillance video of the CTA Blue Line train as it barrels into the station, hits the bumper stop, and seems to be catapulted up the escalator. Meanwhile, the NTSB interviewed the train’s motorwoman today. She was very forthcoming, and admitted that recently she overshot... Read more »