Tag: Brown Line

CTA continues Brown Line modernization with new signal project

With track work due for completion later this year on the Brown and Purple line tracks between Armitage and the Loop, the CTA board last week OK’ed a $33 million contract to replace signals in the same area. These projects combined will vastly improve the ride for the 700 trains that pass through the area... Read more »

Let's support CTA's Belmont bypass, and make sure it looks great

CTA sponsored a public hearing last week to take public comments on the proposed Belmont bypass. The bypass would be constructed to “fly over” the other three tracks. The Red and Purple could proceed north and south instead of stopping to wait for the northbound Brown Line train to pass over three tracks. You can... Read more »

CTA increases cost and scope of Brown Line bypass project

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The CTA this week released the environmental assessment for the proposed Brown Line bypass project. The cost grew to $570 million from $320 million because the CTA decided to rebuild tracks in the area and modernize signals. The project consists of a fifth track that zooms up and over the current Clark Junction. (See the... 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 »

New CTA projects begin Monday - among 8 set for this year

Two of the latest CTA and CDOT construction projects are both slated to begin on Monday. When you add in the next phase of the Blue Line project set to begin in the fall, that’s eight total construction projects this year, either underway, planned or completed. So you can’t say the CTA is just sitting... Read more »

Belmont flyover foes debut website; CTA keeps pushing need for more capacity

The folks who oppose the CTA’s Belmont flyover project are turning up the pressure a bit with the recent debut of a website, plus a presence on Facebook and Twitter. The group’s basic argument is that the flyover will “waste millions in taxpayer funding and destroy Central Lakeview.” They say northbound train service is delayed... Read more »

Surviving Tuesday's hellish North Side CTA commute

A burned CTA bus sits in the 1400 block of Lake Shore Drive. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune)
If you were commuting via the CTA Tuesday morning from the North Side, chances are you were a bit late to wherever you were going. First, an early morning fire at the former Mulligan school, just south of the Armitage station, interrupted service into the Loop on the Brown and Purple lines. Fire crews shut... Read more »

70% of select Lakeview voters turn thumbs down on Belmont flyover

The voters have spoken, and they don’t think the CTA has justified the Belmont flyover project. At least, that’s the opinion of 583 out of 807 voters who weighed in on a referendum question on the ballot in three Lakeview precincts on Tuesday, according to a DNAinfo Chicago report. The referendum, while non-binding, signaled the... Read more »

CTA Belmont flyover fate subject of voter referendum

Some voters in Lakeview’s 44th Ward can weigh in on the CTA’s plan to build the Belmont flyover to speed traffic in and out of Belmont station. Voters in the 20th, 36th and 38th precincts on Tuesday will find this question on the ballot: Has the CTA sufficiently justified the $320 million proposed Brown Line... Read more »

Emanuel buffs CTA portfolio in advance of re-election bid

Ya know, with all these CTA projects underway or about to start, one might think there was an election looming around the bend. Oh yeah! The election for mayor of Chicago is Feb. 24, 2015. And yes, you gotta hand it to Mayor Emanuel – he’s been delivering on his CTA promises. Here are some... Read more »