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April 7, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Call it another case of the Blue Line blues. Just days after the CTA restored Blue Line service between the Rosemont and O'Hare stations following a train crash at O'Hare, the agency shut down service between the Damen and Western stations on the O'Hare line for long-planned work to ease slow zones on that branch. Blue Line riders were shuttled between the Damen and Western stops and Clark/Lake and Western stations from Friday night to early Monday morning. During that time, officials also closed North Avenue between Milwaukee and Hoyne avenues, prompting a reroute of the No. 72 North buses.
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May 29, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The Damen and California Blue Line stations will temporarily close for multiple weeks this fall under a preliminary station construction plan the CTA unveiled Thursday. The $33 million station work, which is expected to include stationhouse and platform renovations, is slated to last August through January. The upgrades are part of the CTA's four year, $492 million project to improve the O'Hare branch of the Blue Line. The Damen station will close for no more than 63 days, while the California stop will close for no more than 42 days, CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said.
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January 15, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz
The beginning of the Blue Line saw the beginning of a fare increase Monday. Riders who load up their card with cash saw the price of their Blue Line ride from O'Hare jump from $2.25 to $5 as part of CTA fare hikes that took effect Monday. The increase does not apply to riders with daily, weekly or monthly unlimited ride passes. Chicago Card users who pay per ride will not see the increase until this summer. In the meantime, the CTA is working with O'Hare employees to encourage them to buy unlimited passes so they won't pay $5 fares every time they leave O'Hare.
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April 16, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA today said it is planning to rebuild four North Side Red Line stations from Lawrence to Bryn Mawr. Work on the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stops and accompanying track would begin in 2017 at the earliest, the CTA said. The CTA still needs to get funding for this project, which is estimated to cost $1.13 billion. The CTA said is seeking federal funds. CTA spokesman Brian Steele said it is has not been determined whether the CTA will completely shut down that portion of the Red Line stop during construction, like it did to rebuild the southern portion of the Red Line...
NEWS
January 7, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA board today approved a $23 million overhaul of the Illinois Medical District Blue Line stop. Under the plan, the CTA would rebuild the stationhouse, make multiple entrances accessible to riders with disabilities and enhance lighting and signs, the CTA said. This would be the first overhaul to the station since it opened 56 years ago. The station logs about 3,400 weekday riders, according to an August ridership report. The station sees the third-highest ridership on the West Side branch of the Blue Line, the CTA said.
NEWS
April 10, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
A sizable car fire under the Blue Line tracks near California and Fullerton avenues in Logan Square last night was caught on video. Dave Fried, a Logan Square resident and filmmaker, said he was leaving a show in the area when he saw the car already in flames around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. After calling 911, he said, he realized he had his camera and began filming. Fried sent the video to RedEye early Thursday morning.  Fried said it did not appear anyone was in the car, and firefighters were able to douse the flames quickly.
NEWS
July 9, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Woe is the Blue Line. While other transit lines are seeing upgrades or fancy new rail cars, the Blue Line - which is often the first impression for some travelers to Chicago - is stuck in the Dark Ages. Stations along the northern section of the Red Line are currently undergoing renovation, while the southern portion of the Red Line will see an overhaul next year. Meanwhile, the new 5000-series rail cars with the aisle-facing seats are now on the Green and Pink Lines. Comparatively, it's not smooth sailing on the Blue Line, which has...
NEWS
November 13, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Let's all stop pretending a woman with an alligator is the strangest thing that's ever happened on the Blue Line. Yeah, in retrospect, someone carrying a two-foot reptile around giving absolutely zero damns is strange. But it didn't raise eyebrows enough for the CTA to have any leads into how the woman made it to O'Hare, and for the alligator to subsequently take up residence under an escalator. Remember The Great Poop Sock Incident of 2012? In December, a woman was hit with a sock filled with feces by a man who boarded,...
SPORTS
December 21, 2011 | By Chris Sosa and RedEye
Dave Bolland admits to being a cheater - though not the kind who gets suspended. "I think sometimes I might gamble too much [and] it may come back and bite me," the Blackhawks center said of his approach to penalty killing. "But I think … you've got to cheat sometimes to get those breaks. You might get scored on and something [bad] may happen, but if you do cheat you might get that goal. " Although Bolland lacks blazing speed - "He's hard to lose; he's not moving very fast," teammate Jonathan Toews said, laughing - he is a threat to...
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November 26, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
About a quarter of a million travelers were expected to pass through O'Hare on Sunday as the holiday weekend drew to a close. It's days like those that will be a windfall for the CTA next year - but more expensive for some Chicagoans and their families. The agency last week proposed CTA riders pay $5 to hop on the Blue Line from O'Hare. Riders with 30-day passes and other unlimited cards would be exempt from this surcharge, but passengers who pay per ride, either through Chicago Cards or fare cards preloaded with cash, would have to pony up the extra $2.75.
NEWS
April 10, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
A state lawmaker is holding a town hall this month to discuss the possible rehabilitation of the Forest Park branch of the Blue Line. State Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) is hosting a town hall from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 22 at Proviso Math and Science Academy Auditorium, 8601 W. Roosevelt Road in Forest Park. State and local transit officials will answer questions about proposals to expand the Eisenhower Expressway and overhaul the Forest Park Blue Line branch. Nearly 30 percent of the branch is under slow zone, according to March data from the CTA. The CTA last year began a $1 million study...
NEWS
April 10, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
A sizable car fire under the Blue Line tracks near California and Fullerton avenues in Logan Square last night was caught on video. Dave Fried, a Logan Square resident and filmmaker, said he was leaving a show in the area when he saw the car already in flames around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. After calling 911, he said, he realized he had his camera and began filming. Fried sent the video to RedEye early Thursday morning.  Fried said it did not appear anyone was in the car, and firefighters were able to douse the flames quickly.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Call it another case of the Blue Line blues. Just days after the CTA restored Blue Line service between the Rosemont and O'Hare stations following a train crash at O'Hare, the agency shut down service between the Damen and Western stations on the O'Hare line for long-planned work to ease slow zones on that branch. Blue Line riders were shuttled between the Damen and Western stops and Clark/Lake and Western stations from Friday night to early Monday morning. During that time, officials also closed North Avenue between Milwaukee and Hoyne...
NEWS
March 31, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Forget April Fools' Day. It feels like the CTA is in the middle of April Fools' Year. The agency has made some eyebrow-raising headlines over the last six months. In September, there was the so-called "ghost train," an unoccupied train that traveled nearly a mile before crashing into a Blue Line train filled with riders, none of whom suffered life-threatening injuries. Two CTA workers were fired and two were suspended after investigators found the train had been left in storage in powered-up mode.
NEWS
March 26, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The moments leading up to the Blue Line train derailment at O'Hare have been captured on video.  The CTA declined to comment Wednesday on a video posted to YouTube, which appears to show about 45 seconds of footage of the train approaching the camera. The camera appears to be placed directly above the escalator upon which the train came to rest. A spokesperson from O'Hare Airport said the video was not theirs and had no knowledge of the source. The Chicago Police Department also said the video was not taken by any of...
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | By Peter Nickeas, Lolly Bowean and Kim Geiger and Tribune reporters
Federal investigators will focus on whether a CTA train operator fell asleep at the controls and if an automatic braking system was working properly as they seek to pinpoint the cause of a spectacular crash Monday that left a Blue Line car perched atop an escalator. The operator may have fallen asleep shortly before her train smashed through a “bumper” at the end of the track at O'Hare International Airport just before 3 a.m., according to a transit union representative. The...
NEWS
March 31, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Forget April Fools' Day. It feels like the CTA is in the middle of April Fools' Year. The agency has made some eyebrow-raising headlines over the last six months. In September, there was the so-called "ghost train," an unoccupied train that traveled nearly a mile before crashing into a Blue Line train filled with riders, none of whom suffered life-threatening injuries. Two CTA workers were fired and two were suspended after investigators found the train had been left in storage in powered-up mode.
NEWS
November 29, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and For RedEye
Arjun Venkataswamy stood before 50 other Chicago singles Wednesday and within four minutes, the crowd had learned he's fond of teaching and a photo gag that isn't appropriate to repeat in a family newspaper. "It's not difficult at all," Venkataswamy, 26, said about sharing his personal stories in front of a room of strangers. Venkataswamy, of Wicker Park, was one of about a dozen Chicagoans who presented their stories at a Me So Far event on the Near North Side for singles who live or work off the CTA Red and Brown Lines.
NEWS
February 24, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The Chicago Police Department is warning West Side CTA riders about a set of robberies that were reported on the Blue Line's O'Hare branch this winter. The police department alert, released Monday morning, said both robberies occurred at the Blue Line Western stop, at 1909 North Western Avenue. In the first incident, which was reported on Jan. 6, a person, described in the alert as a black male in his 20s between 5 foot 6 inches and 6 feet weighing between 150 and 200 pounds., robbed a 32-year-old woman at close to 6:45 a.m. In the second incident, an offender with the...
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | By Jessica Galliart, @jessicagalliart
When you spend more than half of your day looking at or aggressively typing out tweets -- because it's, you know, your job -- you often find yourself asking things like, "Who ARE these people?"   Only 14 percent of the adult population uses Twitter, according to Pew Research Center, but on any given day, you'll undoubtedly cross paths with at least 78 different kinds of human beings, for better or for worse. Many of these people can be clumped together into stereotypical subsects if you really give it a try.   Segue to ...   New study!
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