A northbound Brown Line train derailed around 9 am Tuesday north of Sheffield. As I write this, no injuries have been reported.
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Assuming (as is being reported) that nobody was injured, and assuming (as is also being reported) that this happened on the triple crossover (double cross switch) north of Belmont, then this is, in a sense, the "perfect derailment." That's a major pinch-point that should have become a grade-separated junction decades ago. This should drive home that any serious northern corridor realignment needs to address that junction, which has always fascinated me.
I think I mentioned that a couple of weeks ago. I did foresee the bottleneck, but not the derailment.
It just took me two hours to get to work. I got to the Francisco station just in time for the guy who works there mornings to announce there was no train service north of Belmont, there would be shuttle buses in half an hour or so, and said buses would be picking us up either on Montrose or Lawrence, he didn't know which. So I walked up to Lawrence, waited through two packed Lawrence buses, got on the third one and took it to Marine Drive, where I got on a packed 146 and came to work.
My coworker was waiting for a 147 at Hollywood around 9:00 AM. After three packed buses in the rain, he went back home to change because he was soaked. Not knowing about the problems on the trains, he went to the Red Line. He was able to get on a train but they had to get off at Addison. On the shuttle bus, there was little to no communication about their final destination. He finally made it to work after almost 2 1/2 hours. Let's just say he was not happy. It sounds like the communication with riders was terrible.
I was at Sheridan this morning and I got to the station at about after the incident had occurred. the station attendant was not telling anybody anything and acted unaware. i figured out quick what was going on because suddenly train tracker went from 2 minutes to holding at 2 minutes for a bit and then delayed. i left the station without knowing what the deal was. no announcement. and i walked past the station attendant...nothing. people asked me what was going on and I said i'm taking a cab the CTA doesn't want to tell us. the platform was jammed with people, another clue the cta had another fail. naturally all the cabs were not around so i had to drive. anyway, issues can occur and i can be understanding but I am not forgiving of the utter lack of organization and failure to communicate, CTA! not even their website or mobile alert site mentioned it and this was after 9. I hope Forrest Claypool can weed the bums out who think the patrons of the CTA need to be kept in the dark.
It was an old-fashioned track-straddlin', nobody derailed anything. Good chance that was a malfunction in the tower at the Clark rather than the cab of the northbound brown line, then, which bodes well for a sober re-examination of that at-grade junction, which Jack totally called.
Was fixing this junction considered when the Brown Line rehab was being done?
From the story on Chicago Breaking News:
"Musteikis said CTA employees were making announcements over speakers on the platform but that the messages were too garbled to be understood."
Just wondering, has the CTA shared with you any plans to address this perennial communication problem?
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