Tag: Red Line

CTA rail expansion and modernization: Best reasons to support new TIFs

The CTA’s plans to extend the Red Line south to 131st Street and modernize the Red and Purple lines north of Belmont got a big boost last week when the state legislature passed a bill allowing the city to create special Tax Increment Financing districts within a half-mile on each side of 46 miles of... Read more »

New Wilson SB platform to open on Monday; number of entrances doubled

The CTA on Monday will open the new southbound platform at the Wilson Red Line station, marking the beginning of Phase 2 of the three-year, $203 million project. Red Line service frequency with remain the same, but southbound trains will board on the new platform. Purple Line service and frequency also will remain the same,... Read more »

CTA wins $156 million in Red Line modernization funding

The CTA last week was promised $156 million in federal funds to begin engineering on Phase 1 of the Red-Purple Modernization project. And another $125 million for the huge project was included in President Obama’s 2017 budget. While the latter is not a certainty, the former will push the $2.1 billion Phase 1 project into... Read more »

Photos: Evacuation of Red Line train after CTA derailment

A Red Line train derailed just north of the Granville station Saturday afternoon, resulting in the evacuation of all passengers. The derailment was called “minor” by CTA officials. These photos were taken of the evacuation by Ann H. —————————– If you like this post, please like my Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter and Instagram.... Read more »

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 opens new, accessible Clark-Division entrance on Red Line

The new Clark-Division Red Line station opened last week after more than two years of construction. The CTA and Chicago Department of Transportation first built a new accessible entrance at LaSalle, which opened in late June 2014. That’s when the Clark-Division entrance closed to remodel the mezzanine station and made it accessible. Major highlights of... 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 »

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 »