Tag: Purple Line

Cool video captures CTA Wilson station construction

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A cool time-lapse video shows construction of the new Wilson station, documenting well the deteriorated Purple Line tracks in the area. Luke Starkenburg did a fabulous job showing traffic from Granville to Lawrence. You gotta check it out. —————————– If you like this post, please like my Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter and Instagram.... Read more »

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 »

Purple Line Express track work to eliminate slow zones on north end

The CTA is trying to put the “Express” back into the Purple Line Express with a $30 million track project that will start and finish by year’s end. The project will fix aging track infrastructure, including replacing track ties and the restoration of track alignment from Lawrence to Jarvis on both Howard-bound and Loop-bound tracks. Currently there are... 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 tries later Purple Line Express service in pilot test

Right about now, a Purple Line train is departing Linden heading south as part of a pilot test to determine demand for later service on the Purple Line Express. Starting today through July 10, a Purple express train will leave Linden at about 8 p.m. It will arrive at Clark and Lake about 50 minutes... Read more »

Surprise! CTA plans to start rebuild of north Red Line by 2017

In a surprise move, the CTA has announced it could begin the rebuild of four north Red Line stations and track by 2017. Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stations and platforms, plus 1.3 miles of track in that vicinity, will be rebuilt. The construction would first close the east two tracks and Lawrence and... 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 »

Purple Line traffic to slow Red Line south for a year

This weekend the CTA’s Wilson station reconstruction project will kick into high gear when workers begin demolition of the southbound Purple Line tracks at Wilson. That means Purple Line trains starting March 9 will share the track with Red Line trains heading southbound for a year. Purple Line trains will switch to Red tracks just... 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 »