I took a few days off last week and didn’t blog as much as usual. But the CTA news never stops. So I’m catching up with some news from last week.
New rail cars back in service on Green Line. The new Series 5000 rail cars, with their aisle-facing seating plan, will return to service Monday after the CTA made adjustments to the braking system.
CTA gets $36 million to kick off BRT project, circulator. The CTA last week won federal funds — about $25 million to connect Union Station and Navy Pier, plus $11 million for the Bus Rapid Transit project on Jeffery Boulevard from 103rd Street and Stony Island Avenue to the Loop. I like the idea of the circulator. And the Jeffery Boulevard BRT route might work. I have doubts about other BRT ideas, such as the Halsted route.
CTA seeks new lubricant in wake of track fire. After an electrical arc set fire to a lubricant used to keep wheels running smoothly, the CTA is now looking for a new lubricant that can withstand higher heat. The June 20 track fire sent 19 people to the hospital. Meanwhile, the Sun-Times reports that a manager in the CTA’s control center was fired as a result of the fire: “Sources offered different reasons why he was fired — with one version
saying he didn’t adequately communicate with CTA staff, and another
saying he was scapegoated.”
Whither Wilson Red Line attendant? A number of readers wrote me late last week to note the Uptown Update post that the Wilson Red Line stop attendant was missing in action. One commenter there noted police made 12 arrests for theft of service from CTA at this station. Here’s hoping the CTA is aware of this.