December 9, 2013 |
Call it deja Blue. In what's being billed as the largest Blue Line investment in 30 years, CTA officials announced last week the agency will embark on a four-year, $492 million project to rid parts of the O'Hare branch of slow zones and upgrade 12 stations. Sound familiar? While the station work is new, Blue Liners should be used to promises of slow zone removal. In 2007, the CTA eliminated 22,500 feet of slow zone between Jefferson Park and Harlem, and trains there began to operate up to 55 miles per hour.
June 24, 2013 |
The CTA announced its rail and bus service changes for Sunday's Pride Parade, which begins at noon and winds between Montrose Avenue and Broadway and Diversey Avenue and Sheridan Road. In addition to changes because of the parade, some Loop trains will see reroutes from 10 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Monday because of track renewal work. Brown and Orange line trains will run as one route between the Kimball and Midway stations in both directions along the Lake and Wabash tracks.
April 25, 2013 |
The second phase of the Wells Street bridge overhaul begins Friday night, which will reroute some trains heading into the Loop through early May 6. Next week, rush hour Brown Line riders will see some southbound trains operate until the Merchandise Mart while other trains will become Red Line trains after Fullerton. There will be no Purple Line Express service. Weekend service is a bit trickier , which may affect those traveling to the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, C2E2, at McCormick Place this weekend.
February 18, 2013 |
CTA riders, this is not the way to ring in the new year. Chicago police issued two separate alerts last week warning riders about recent cellphone thefts on the Red and Pink lines. Police said a group of men have been snatching electronic devices from riders on trains and platforms between 55th and 95th Streets on the Red Line since early this year. This weekend, police released a photo of a suspect they say has been using a gun to rob riders of their cellphones on the Pink Line since late last month.
November 16, 2012 |
Hark! The CTA has announced the dates for the return of the holiday train, its yearly decked-out transport of Christmas spirit. The train will operate from 1 to 8 p.m. on weekends, and 3 to 7 p.m. on select weekdays. Its appearances on various lines are as follows: > > Green Line: Nov. 23, 24*, 28 (from 4-8 p.m.) > > Orange Line and Brown Line: Nov. 29 (3-5:45 p.m.), 30 (3:50-6:30 p.m.) and Dec. 1* (12:50-8 p.m.) > > Pink Line: Dec. 5 > > Blue Line: Dec. 6, 7, 8 ** (includes photo-only stop on Pink Line)
August 27, 2012 |
When John Lyons was looking for a place to set up his optical business two years ago, transit access was a top priority. He chose his location in West Lakeview because the Lincoln Avenue bus stops near his business, which is about three blocks from the Paulina Brown Line stop. "We have a very young patient base; they love public transportation," said Lyons, who runs Lyons Family Eye Care at 3250 N. Lincoln Ave. "I'm shocked that Lincoln Avenue, one of the most vibrant streets in Chicago, would be even considered for a...