Tag: Orange Line

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 »

CTA OKs contract to overhaul rail cars on Brown, Orange lines

The CTA board last week approved a $92 contract for the materials needed necessary to renovate all 257 of the 3200-series rail cars, used on the Orange and Brown lines. Those cars were originally purchased in 1992-1993. The overhauls will extend the life of the rail cars and improve their performance, efficiency and reliability by... Read more »

Orange Line connector project gives CTA riders smoother ride

The CTA recently finished the $25 million Orange Line 18th Street connector project, providing South Side riders with a smoother, more reliable ride. The project disrupted service between the Halsted and Roosevelt stations for four weekends in May and June. But the result was the 45-year-old elevated structure receiving significant repairs, including track renewal work. Additional project work... Read more »

CTA prepares for overhaul of cars used on Brown, Orange lines

The CTA has started the process to buy parts for the planned 2015 overhaul of the 3200 series rail cars, currently in use on the Brown and Orange lines. Last week the CTA board OKed two contracts in anticipation of the mid-life overhaul for the 20-year-old rail cars, according to a news release: Following separate... Read more »

CTA enters final stretch of Wells Street Bridge work

Workers finish removing much of the track that's being replaced on Saturday afternoon, many new wooden track ties are in place and prepare to begin installing new track.
CTA workers reportedly are ahead of schedule in replacing the south side of the Wells Street Bridge. Work is supposed to be wrapped up by 4 a.m. next Monday before the morning rush hour. In the meantime, CTA riders will be inconvenienced for at least three more days. Here’s what service to expect on rail... Read more »

Caterer to offer organic foods, paninis at Roosevelt, Jefferson Park CTA stations

Butterfield Kitchens will soon be offering made-to-order sandwiches in new CTA locations at the Jefferson Park Blue Line station and the Roosevelt station on the Green, Orange and Red lines. The Wilmette-based catering company signed 10-year leases at each location, with the total package worth close to $1 million for the CTA over that time.... Read more »

CTA's Holiday Train to visit revelers on Orange and Brown lines this week

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Kids of all ages will thrill to the sight of multi-colored Holiday Train pulling into Orange and Brown line station Thursday through Saturday. Festivities start just after 3 p.m. Thursday at the Midway Orange Line station. Once the train hits the Loop it follows the Brown Line to Kimball, comes back into town and then... Read more »

Why an Orange Line CTA train might turn Brown in the Loop

In the last year, a few readers have asked why their Orange Line train turns Brown in the Loop. Here’s why: To accommodate increased ridership, there have been some trains departing from other terminals and changing over at some point to operate as Brown Line trains, according to a CTA spokesperson. This car-train movement from... Read more »

Loop track work resumes this weekend

There are no big festivals like Taste of Chicago this weekend, so Loop track renewal work will resume at 10 pm Friday through 4 am Monday. From the weekend service alert: Orange and Brown Lines:Trains will operate as one route, between Kimball and Midway, running in both directions via the Lake and Wabash sides of... Read more »

Loop track project closes Wells, Van Buren legs; track work limits service at 5 North Red stops

CTA rail improvements will affect service on four of the eight lines this weekend. The Loop Track Renewal project picks up where it left off two weeks ago: The Wells and Van Buren legs of Loop “L” will be closed. The Brown and Orange Lines will be operate as one route between Kimball and Midway... Read more »