Archive for 2011

Breakdown of new rail car caused big backup in Loop

Jan. 5: Wheel problem on new Series 5000 CTA rail cars leads to 100 layoffs at assembly plant. Photo from by Graham Garfield.
A huge Loop backup of trains last week was due to a breakdown of one of the new Series 5000 rail cars running on the Pink Line, according to CBS Chicago. While the story doesn’t say specifically what the problem was, Jack noted in comment Thursday “that the 5000s are stalling at gaps in the... Read more »

New rail cars to get colored LED destination signs

All 706 of the new rail cars – including 40 already delivered – will sport colored LED destination signs on the front, back and sides in the color of the rail line, CTA officials announced at the monthly board meeting. All older model rail cars currently have destination signs depicted in the rail line color.... Read more »

Christmas Loops, not hoops: Derrick Rose to wear shoes with CTA L map inside

The CTA will be represented in the Christmas Day Bulls season tipoff vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. Bulls reigning league MVP Derrick Rose will wear a special edition of his AdiZero Rose 2 shoes during the game. Gapers Block reports: “The “Windy City” edition features the CTA’s “L” line map on the sock liner, “The L”... Read more »

Why public transit near baseball stadiums is crucial

As a big baseball fan and public transit enthusiast, I am very pleased that the CTA’s Red Line goes rumbling right past Wrigley Field on the North Side and U.S. Cellular Field on the South Side. A Chicago Magazine story this month examines how lack of proximity to public transit may be hurting the Tampa... Read more »

Former CTA board chairwoman named to RTA board by Rahm

Mayor Emanuel appointed former CTA board chair Carole Brown to the Regional Transportation Authority Board. (Photo by Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune)
The Regional Transportation Authority board will soon welcome a new member with intimate knowledge of the CTA – its former board chair, Carole Brown. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday named Brown to a vacant spot on the RTA board. Meanwhile, in other appointment news, Kevin Irvine was appointed to the CTA board. Irvine “has... Read more »

Two die over the weekend at two L stations

It was a deadly weekend on the CTA’s rail lines as two men died on the Brown and Pink lines. In the Brown Line incident, an intoxicated man fell off the platform early Saturday morning at Wellington and into the path of a Brown Line train. He was dead at the scene, according to a... Read more »

CTA gets federal grant to fix slow zones on Blue Line

The final stretch of slow zones on the Blue Line between the Loop and O’Hare Airport will be eliminated under a $20 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant. The money will be used to repair slow zones on 3.6 miles of Blue Line track between Damen and Belmont, the Tribune reports.

CTA Tattler fans enjoy a crowded but festive Holiday Train ride

About a dozen CTA Tattler fans joined us for a very crowded but festive ride on the CTA’s Holiday Train Saturday afternoon. In the four years that we’ve been sponsoring these outings, this Holiday Train on the Blue Line was the most crowded we’ve ever seen. But big smiles still were plastered on the faces... Read more »

Ranting racist CTA passenger sounds like he "lives in a van by the river"

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We’ve written many times about loud, obnoxious cellers on the CTA who scream into the phone about bloody moles and what they are ordering for dinner. But this guy takes the cake. He literally screams the entire time about the current situation in Israel with the the Palestinians. And he sounds an awful lot like... Read more »

Work about to start on Chicago Brown Line platform to replace flooring

New wooden floor boards on the platform last year at the Chicago Brown Line station. Photo by Cheryl.
While the Renew Crew does its work at the Chicago station on the Red Line, a new flooring crew begins to replace rotted floor boards at the Chicago station on the Brown Line. As I noted earlier this year, the CTA admitted it made a mistake in installing wood flooring with a fire-retardent chemical, but... Read more »