Tag: slow zone work

Claypool "working feverishly" to find slow zone $$; calls for communications tests, fixes

The CTA is “bleeding riders because of rail slow zones,” President Forrest Claypool lamented in a CTA Tattler interview. And finding the money to repair them is “one of the most important jobs I have,” he added. “What we’re doing is throwing good money after bad … because of the patchwork nature” of slow zone... Read more »

Purple Line viaduct repairs should alleviate slow zones

In my recent interview with CTA President Forrest Claypool, he called fixing slow zones one of his top priorities, and said he was “working feverishly” to find the dollars to get that job done. He made some progress on that front on Friday with the announcement of a new $10.3 million contract to repair Purple... Read more »

Slow zone pain: South Siders feel it on Dan Ryan branch of CTA Red Line

White Sox and Cubs fans planning to use the Red Line for next week’s Crosstown Classic at U.S. Cellular Field will feel the pain that South Side commuters have experienced pretty much all year — a plodding train limping through a 1.5-mile slow zone southbound between Cermak/Chinatown and Sox/35th. There are a total of 45,275... Read more »

CTA rail slow zones increase dramatically in 2011

Those pesky slow zone on CTA rail lines just won’t go away. In fact, this year slow zones have grown almost 61% from February of 2010 – 108,405 feet of track are covered by slow zone as shown on the Feb.16 map, vs. 67,398 feet on the Feb. 24, 2010 slow zone map. About 2,700... Read more »

Further details on CTA's earlier Dan Ryan Red Line project

Against my better judgment, today I’m printing further details on previous work done on the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line. After reading the comments from two readers in Tuesday’s post accusing her of “lying,” CTA spokesperson Noelle Gaffney sent the following to me. It’s against my better judgment because I suspect Jack and... Read more »

Here's what work CTA did five years ago on Red Line's Dan Ryan Branch

In comments on yesterday’s post, some readers were wondering why the Red Line south of the Loop would need additional repairs, as reported in the Tribune Monday. After all, didn’t the CTA finish a big project on the Dan Ryan branch about five years. Well, I asked a CTA spokesperson that question. Below is her... Read more »

CTA completes slow-zone repairs on Orange Line

Orange Line riders should see their commuting times improve, now that the CTA has finished slow-zone repairs on the crucial rail link to Midway Airport. “As a result of CTA personnel working diligently and collaboratively with the system manufacturer to test and implement the necessary short-term solution, Orange Line service is being restored to normal... Read more »

Orange Line signaling defect prompts slow zones

The entire Orange Line between Midway and the Loop is operating under slow zone conditions — no more than 35 mph — because of a signaling defect the CTA discovered. From the press release: Under certain circumstances the defect could potentially result in a rail operator not being properly alerted to a train ahead via... Read more »

Blue Line work continues, as does platform work on Brown, Red Lines

Slow zone work again shuts stations on the Blue Line between Clark/Lake and UIC/Halsted. Shuttle buses will replace rail service at those stations. And again this weekend, the east platform of the Red and Brown Lines at Fullerton and Belmont  will close as workers try to finish stuff there. Last weekend I saw they were... Read more »

CTA El track work descends to truck on street below

Fellow ChicagoNow blogger Parking Ticket Geek today posts photos of what happens when drivers ignore no parking signs posted in work zones under Blue Line El tracks. Oopsie, indeed!