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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.
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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 16, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
CTA riders could see fewer instances of buses arriving at stops in pairs, thanks to CTA board approval Wednesday of a tool that may reduce bus bunching. The CTA board approved a three-year, $13.4 million contract with Clever Devices , a New York-based transportation technology company with a Chicago office, which is meant to improve communications between the CTA control center and bus drivers. The system would allow control center workers to see buses bunch in real time and tell bus drivers if they need to slow down on their route or speed up to keep pace with other buses, CTA...
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April 16, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
CTA riders could see fewer instances of buses arriving at stops in pairs, thanks to CTA board approval Wednesday of a tool that may reduce bus bunching. The CTA board approved a three-year, $13.4 million contract with Clever Devices , a New York-based transportation technology company with a Chicago office, which is meant to improve communications between the CTA control center and bus drivers. The system would allow control center workers to see buses bunch in real time and tell bus drivers if they need to slow down on their route or speed up to keep pace with other buses, CTA...
NEWS
October 11, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA said Thursday it soon plans to start an informational campaign reminding riders with strollers that priority seating is intended for the elderly and people with disabilities. "It's something we hear repeatedly from our own bus drivers," CTA president Forrest Claypool said after a rider complained to the CTA board about stroller use. There's no start date for the campaign, which would include handouts and more signs. The CTA already denotes priority seating with signs and announcements.
NEWS
May 7, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA board is poised to approve an agreement Wednesday with the University of Chicago that would allow the CTA to continue to operate four campus bus routes for five years. The buses that would continue to run are the Nos. 170-U. of Chicago/Midway, 171 U. of Chicago/Hyde Park, 172 U. of Chicago/Kenwood, and 192 U. of Chicago Hospitals Express. The buses are primarily used by University of Chicago students. There will be no changes to the routes, CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said.
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January 9, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless plans to ask the CTA board on Friday to create a reduced fare pass for local homeless youth. Julie Dworkin, the coalition's director of policy, said she has been working for years to get the CTA board to approve a $34 30-day unlimited pass for homeless youth to use to go to school or find a job. The 30-day pass currently sells for $86; the price will increase to $100 next week. Dworkin said she was optimistic that the proposal would win approval when Rich Rodriguez was president of...
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November 14, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Riders of the No. 11 Lincoln Avenue bus and the No. 145 Wilson/Michigan Express have one more month to enjoy their service before it gets cut or changed. Service changes on many buses and trains will go into effect Dec. 16. Most rail lines will see additional service during rush hour while more than a dozen bus lines will see partial or complete elimination. Some bus routes will also see more buses. The CTA said it is implementing these changes, which don't cost anything, to reduce crowds on buses and trains.
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January 30, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Humboldt Park company Freedman Seating will be producing seats for the CTA's upcoming order of more than 300 buses, Mayor Emanuel and CTA president Forrest Claypool announced Wednesday. The fabric-covered seats are expected to be lighter in weight than current bus seats, but the design has not yet been finalized, CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski said. One seat model, displayed at Wednesday's press conference, has dark blue fabric and weighs about 10 pounds less than typical CTA bus seats.
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May 31, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The Chicago Department of Transportation next month will begin fixing sidewalks on 31st Street to make them accessible for CTA bus riders with disabilities, a spokesman said Friday. CDOT will upgrade sidewalks and install ramps on 31st Street from Kedzie to Kostner Avenues in the Little Village area, city spokesman Bill McCaffrey said. The CTA last year approved experimental bus service on 31st Street between Kedzie and Cicero Avenues. The CTA board voted in April to continue the experiment, an extension of the No. 35-31st/35th Street route,...
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
July 12, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
In what the CTA is billing the largest public artwork program in its history, the agency has tapped Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates to create artwork for the 95th Street Red Line station, which will undergo renovation next year, the agency announced Friday. The $1.3 million art project would include hiring and training 10 people and an apprenticeship program for students. The agency plans to spend $1 million for the design, fabrication and installation of the works. Community engagement activities, including five public meetings,...
NEWS
June 10, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Gov. Quinn last week picked a longtime politico to sit on the CTA's board--and he doesn't live anywhere near a CTA stop. Quinn nominated Frank Zuccarelli, a 20-year supervisor of Thornton Township in south Cook County, to replace John Bouman, who is leaving the board after nearly four years. Zuccarelli, who resides in South Holland, did not return a request for comment. At least one of the members of the seven-member CTA board has to live outside Chicago city limits, according to state law. But every board member should have easy access to...
NEWS
May 31, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The Chicago Department of Transportation next month will begin fixing sidewalks on 31st Street to make them accessible for CTA bus riders with disabilities, a spokesman said Friday. CDOT will upgrade sidewalks and install ramps on 31st Street from Kedzie to Kostner Avenues in the Little Village area, city spokesman Bill McCaffrey said. The CTA last year approved experimental bus service on 31st Street between Kedzie and Cicero Avenues. The CTA board voted in April to continue the experiment, an extension of the No. 35-31st/35th Street route,...
NEWS
May 7, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA board is poised to approve an agreement Wednesday with the University of Chicago that would allow the CTA to continue to operate four campus bus routes for five years. The buses that would continue to run are the Nos. 170-U. of Chicago/Midway, 171 U. of Chicago/Hyde Park, 172 U. of Chicago/Kenwood, and 192 U. of Chicago Hospitals Express. The buses are primarily used by University of Chicago students. There will be no changes to the routes, CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said.
NEWS
January 30, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Humboldt Park company Freedman Seating will be producing seats for the CTA's upcoming order of more than 300 buses, Mayor Emanuel and CTA president Forrest Claypool announced Wednesday. The fabric-covered seats are expected to be lighter in weight than current bus seats, but the design has not yet been finalized, CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski said. One seat model, displayed at Wednesday's press conference, has dark blue fabric and weighs about 10 pounds less than typical CTA bus seats.
NEWS
June 10, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Gov. Quinn last week picked a longtime politico to sit on the CTA's board--and he doesn't live anywhere near a CTA stop. Quinn nominated Frank Zuccarelli, a 20-year supervisor of Thornton Township in south Cook County, to replace John Bouman, who is leaving the board after nearly four years. Zuccarelli, who resides in South Holland, did not return a request for comment. At least one of the members of the seven-member CTA board has to live outside Chicago city limits, according to state law. But every board member should have easy access to the CTA. The CTA board meets once a month to...
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...
NEWS
January 9, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless plans to ask the CTA board on Friday to create a reduced fare pass for local homeless youth. Julie Dworkin, the coalition's director of policy, said she has been working for years to get the CTA board to approve a $34 30-day unlimited pass for homeless youth to use to go to school or find a job. The 30-day pass currently sells for $86; the price will increase to $100 next week. Dworkin said she was optimistic that the proposal would win approval when Rich Rodriguez was president of the CTA. The issue was put on the back-burner when...
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.
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