Category: Slow zone work

CTA track work reduces slow zones to lowest level since 1997

The CTA’s track modernization projects over the last four years have resulted in the lowest level of L slow zones since 1997 – just 5.5 percent at the end of 2015. In 2007, more than 22 percent of the elevated tracks were designated slow zones – areas where trains are required to operate at slower-than-normal speeds,... Read more »

CTA to upgrade track on west end of Green Line starting in March

Green Line riders should see smoother, more reliable commutes upon the completion of the Green Line West Track Renewal Project. The project, set to start in March, will upgrade track infrastructure between the Laramie and Harlem/Lake stations. Details were still being finalized, including how long the project would take. The CTA promises the work will occur on... Read more »

Slow zone work to send Brown Line to subway for 13 weekends

The next phase of work to eliminate slow zones in the Ravenswood Corridor begins this weekend, when the Brown Line will travel in the Red Line subway from  8 p.m. Friday till 4 a.m. Monday. From the CTA news release: The CTA has completed a majority of the first phase of work, which entails extensive... Read more »

CTA O'Hare Blue Line stretch to get $20 million in slow zone repairs

The CTA next spring will begin a $20.4 million project to repair slow zones on the O’Hare Blue Line between the Damen and Logan Square stations. Last week the board approved the contract with Kiewit Infrastructure Inc., the same firm that completed the Red Line north interim station improvement project and the track work of... Read more »

Repairing CTA slow zones: Like Sisyphus and his rock

It’s a typical Sisyphean task – seemingly futile and hopeless. The CTA makes some good headway on repairing rail slow zones in one area, only to see rails deteriorate in another area and get added to the slow zone map. In August of last year, the CTA announced a $15 million project to add more... Read more »

CTA plans seven-month slow zone work on Purple Line

The CTA in May will begin a seven-month, $2 million slow zone repair project on the Purple Line. More than 6.700 feet of slow zones will be eliminated, and more than 6,000 aged track ties will be replaced during the project, according to the Daily Northwestern. Also targeted for replacement are some of the wooden... Read more »

CTA year in review: system improvements, controversial decisions

Dec. 13: Jarvis station to reopen late Thursday - last of Red Line north renovations. Depicted here is the main entrance at Jarvis, one of seven north Red Line stations renovated in 2012. (Photo by Alderman Joe Moore)
The bold announcement that the CTA would totally shut down the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line for five months in 2013 to rebuild the tracks was the top story of the year. Or was it the decision to raise prices for all CTA passes next year? No wait – the big story of... Read more »

Slow zones reach four-year high; hope for big fix is on the horizon

Slow zones reach four-year high; hope for big fix is on the horizon
Slow zones on CTA rail lines reached almost 16 percent, according to the most recent map by the CTA. That’s the most since the spring of 2008. But recent announcements give hope – including one on Tuesday about a $66 million track rehab project on the Brown and Purple Lines between the Merchandise Mart and... Read more »

Dan Ryan job like “ripping off the Band-Aid,” says Claypool

Dan Ryan job like “ripping off the Band-Aid,” says Claypool
CTA President Forrest Claypool sat down with a few transit-oriented bloggers today for a wide-ranging conversation about ridership trends, slow zones and what Bus Rapid Transit will look like in Chicago. Since the various Red Line projects are in the news these days, we’ll start with that. Stand by for other topics in future posts.... Read more »

CTA decides to shut South Red Line for 5-month track rebuild in 2013

The CTA found itself on the horns of a dilemma. Take four long years and pay an extra $75 million to rebuild the tracks along the South Red Line during weekend work. –OR– Do that same work in five short months and spend that $75 million to make three stations accessible. But all nine stations... Read more »