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June 6, 2012
CBS Chicago reports: Brown Line riders in Lincoln Park and South Lakeview will have to hoof it to Belmont or Fullerton Wednesday and Thursday, as the Chicago Transit Authority closes the two stops in between to accommodate the demolition of the charred remains of Roy's Furniture Company. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. both days, Brown Line ‘L' trains headed toward the Loop will not stop at the Wellington or Diversey stops. Get the fully story at CBS Chicago .
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May 22, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Jacob Peters doesn't live near the Belmont stop in Lakeview, but Thursday he waded into what is shaping up to be a neighborhood fight over a CTA proposal to create a bypass near Belmont Avenue to ease Red, Purple and Brown line train travel. Peters, who lives in Logan Square, said he rides the CTA through Lakeview several times a week - the Red Line to visit his girlfriend in Lakeview and the Brown Line to visit his parents in Albany Park. He said he has frequently waited at the train bottleneck north of the Belmont stop.
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February 27, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Woe is the Brown Line. Some riders experienced lengthy delays Wednesday morning because a defective door stalled a train near the Chicago Brown Line stop, the Tribune reported . On Tuesday, a stalled train was delayed at the Addison Brown Line stop. These incidents have capped off a lousy month for Brown Line riders, Going Public has observed. CTA spokesman Brian Steele said daytime rail tie work at the Addison Red Line stop last week and this week has affected Brown Line service.
NEWS
May 13, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA is testing electronic signs on its Orange and Brown Line cars, the agency said today. Last week, the CTA equipped two pairs of 3200-series rail cars that operate on the Orange and Brown lines with new electronic destination signs on the front of the first car and on the inside of the cars. The signs replace the traditional roller curtain on the sides and ends of each car. Those signs scroll to display the destination of the car. Starting next year, the CTA plans to equip all of its 256 3200-series cars with these signs.
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April 7, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Twin brothers were accused of robbery Sunday after one of them allegedly snatched a man's cellphone on the Brown Line and the other pretended to be a Good Samaritan to help him evade capture. Alvin and Quran Guyton, 18, of the 10100 block of South Aberdeen Street, were charged with robbery after police caught them fleeing the La Salle/Van Buren CTA station Sunday afternoon with a stolen cellphone, according to the police report. Quran Guyton was the brother who allegedly pulled the phone from the hands of its 21-year-old owner while he was riding the train,...
NEWS
October 9, 2012 | ByTracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
Some Brown and Purple line riders will see relief from slow zones after work begins next year on a $66 million project to repair track between the Merchandise Mart and Armitage, CTA president Forrest Claypool and Mayor Emanuel announced Tuesday. The project coincides with a new labor agreement with iron workers, who will begin the track work in the spring. Construction is expected to last into 2014. Though the Brown Line underwent a major overhaul a few years ago, the work focused on stations and platforms, not track, the CTA said.
NEWS
February 11, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
Brown and Purple Line riders, your commute will get a little loopy starting next month. Part of Brown and Purple Line service will shutter for nine-day periods in March and late April as the city overhauls the Wells Street Bridge. At the same time, the CTA is rebuilding the Loop junction at Lake and Wells Streets and fixing track along Hubbard Street that suffers from slow zones. Chicago Department of Transportation commissioner Gabe Klein said Monday that CTA riders will endure a "little bit of pain.
NEWS
December 13, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Southbound Blue Line riders who board after O'Hare will see three additional trains during morning rush hour, but riders who board the trains at O'Hare during that time will see less service.  The number of Blue Line trains that leave from the Rosemont station between 6:30 a.m. and 9:05 a.m. will increase from 35 to 38, according to service changes that take effect Sunday. Some of these trains will end their runs at UIC/Halsted while others will run the length of the Blue Line to Forest Park.
NEWS
March 4, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye and RedEye
Color some CTA riders confused. Some Brown Line trains during Monday's morning commute didn't have correct destination signs on the outside of the train, baffling riders whose trains were being rerouted because of work on the Wells Street Bridge. "It's not going to occur tomorrow. We apologize to our customers for any confusion this caused," CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said. As work continues on the bridge through this week, Brown Line trains also will continue to be rerouted while Purple Line Express trains still will be out of...
NEWS
January 28, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
For Alissa Berg and Don Gold, it was love at first swipe. Four years ago, Gold's morning commute involved riding the Brown Line to the Kimball stop and walking a few blocks to Northeastern Illinois University in North Park - until one day, he spotted the No. 82 Kimball/Homan bus heading his direction. He hopped on the bus and saw Berg. She had just taken the Brown Line and was riding the bus to her job at WTTW, the public TV studionear Northeastern. They both got off at the same stop.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Twin brothers were accused of robbery Sunday after one of them allegedly snatched a man's cellphone on the Brown Line and the other pretended to be a Good Samaritan to help him evade capture. Alvin and Quran Guyton, 18, of the 10100 block of South Aberdeen Street, were charged with robbery after police caught them fleeing the La Salle/Van Buren CTA station Sunday afternoon with a stolen cellphone, according to the police report. Quran Guyton was the brother who allegedly pulled the phone from the hands of its 21-year-old owner while he was riding the train,...
NEWS
December 23, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
If 2013 was the year of the Red - thanks to the summer reconstruction of the southern portion of the Red Line - then 2014 will be the year of the Blue. The CTA is expected to begin work in the spring on a $492 million, four-year project to ease the slow zones and upgrade stations on the O'Hare branch of the Blue Line. The agency and the city next year also will continue to work on current ventures, including improving the 95th Street and Clark/Division Red Line stations, building the new Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line stop and reducing slow...
NEWS
October 23, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Trains run slower than 35 mph on nearly 11 percent of the CTA rail system, which is the lowest percentage the agency has posted since December 2011, according to data the CTA released Tuesday. The CTA this week reopened the Red Line south of Roosevelt Road following a five-month project to replace tracks long plagued by slow zones. In May, before construction began, 45 percent of that 10-mile Red Line stretch was a slow zone, where trains run 35 miles per hour or slower. The project helped reduce CTA's overall slow-zone percentage...
NEWS
September 23, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
This is a tale of two sights. The Montrose station in North Center is a pretty standard Brown Line stop with wood platforms and large artwork in the stationhouse. But on the inbound platform to the Loop, riders have a nice view of a community garden. The outbound platform? Barbed wire that lines nearby buildings. Another potential sighting: Mayor Emanuel. This is his stop and staffers say he rides the train a couple times of week. Next up: Quincy in the Loop Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page ...
NEWS
June 7, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
There's a new CTA line--but it won't take you anywhere. The Low-Line Market, which opened Thursday under the Brown Line's Southport station in Lakeview, offers fresh produce and artisanal foods from a variety of vendors every week until Oct. 17. "We really wanted to have a higher mix of prepared food vendors for this market," said Megan Larmer, Low-Line Market manager and a 32-year-old Logan Square resident. "Part of that [reasoning] was an attempt to get people to think of this area as a place they wanted to stay and...
NEWS
May 6, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
A reader emailed Going Public last week with a unique complaint: There was too much CTA service. The reader said his 30-minute Wacker bus commute more than doubled as the CTA ran shuttle buses to replace Brown Line service to and from the Loop, which was suspended until Monday morning while the Chicago Department of Transportation overhauled the Wells Street Bridge. There were too many shuttle buses, which clogged traffic and delayed other bus service, the reader complained. Many of the shuttle buses he spotted carried only a few riders, he said.
NEWS
September 10, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Wednesday may be doomsday for some CTA riders. The CTA board is expected to vote Wednesday morning on the agency's proposed "decrowding" initiative - which would add more trains and buses to some lines, at the expense of more than a dozen bus routes that are up for elimination because they have low ridership or duplicate service. At the hearing last week, which drew more than 100 CTA riders, the CTA revealed the details of how it plans to increase rail service. But perhaps the CTA doesn't need more buses and trains to reduce crowds - it just needs to fix train and bus...
NEWS
December 17, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye and RedEye
CTA riders had mixed reactions about their commute Monday, the first workday since the agency's service cuts and additions took effect. Steffany Amacher of Lakeview typically takes the No. 80-Irving Park bus, the Brown Line and the Red Line to the Loop for work in the morning. On Monday, she noticed the Brown Line was less crowded, the Red Line was still crowded and the Irving Park bus had not changed. "On the Brown Line, there weren't seats, but I didn't feel like a sardine in a can. That's a pretty good improvement," said Amacher, 28. "The...
NEWS
April 8, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
The CTA finally got the message that its cell service is spotty, and the agency last week announced it is seeking information on how to improve its mobile network in the subways. Though the change likely will garner a happy reception from many, I'm not 100 percent on board. For years, the CTA has been phoning in its cell service, which has been inconsistent at best in the Red and Blue line tunnels. The coverage needs to be better, but Going Public has some concerns about crime and etiquette.
NEWS
March 4, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye and RedEye
Color some CTA riders confused. Some Brown Line trains during Monday's morning commute didn't have correct destination signs on the outside of the train, baffling riders whose trains were being rerouted because of work on the Wells Street Bridge. "It's not going to occur tomorrow. We apologize to our customers for any confusion this caused," CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said. As work continues on the bridge through this week, Brown Line trains also will continue to be rerouted while Purple Line Express trains still will be out of service.
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