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November 16, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
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)
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May 12, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
It's rare that riders look forward to the "L" crawling - unless that's what is supposed to happen. The Chicago History Museum and Chicago Architecture Foundation are offering guided tours this spring of the CTA. Meanwhile, a Craft Beer Week event Sunday features a craft beer "L" crawl that is now being billed as a double-decker bus tour to bars near the "L. " Chicago historian Liz Garibay, a Lakeview resident, runs the Craft Beer Week tour....
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April 25, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
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.
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April 11, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA is rerouting various trains for construction this weekend. RedEye breaks down your weekend commute. > > The Red Line: Northbound trains are not stopping at the Addison stop from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday. The CTA is performing track maintenance there. To get to the Addison stop, riders can take the northbound train to Sheridan and take a southbound train to Addison. > > The Blue Line: Bus shuttles are replacing trains between the Damen and Western stops on the O'Hare branch from 10 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday.
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July 18, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
In May, the CTA shut down Brown, Purple and Red line train service during rush hour on the North Side so firefighters could battle a blaze at Roy's Furniture near the Fullerton stop. During the shutdown, riders reported conflicting instructions from CTA employees - one example of a few recent communication breakdowns CTA President Forrest Claypool identified as a problem in a sitdown interview with RedEye shortly after the incident. To improve communication with riders, the CTA is moving toward an audio system the agency says will provide clearer announcements at rail stations.
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April 11, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA is rerouting various trains for construction this weekend. RedEye breaks down your weekend commute. > > The Red Line: Northbound trains are not stopping at the Addison stop from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday. The CTA is performing track maintenance there. To get to the Addison stop, riders can take the northbound train to Sheridan and take a southbound train to Addison. > > The Blue Line: Bus shuttles are replacing trains between the Damen and Western stops on the O'Hare branch from 10 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday.
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February 13, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
It's Valentine's Day, and you don't have a date? Don't panic yet; it's not too late. Several missed CTA connections are posted on RedEye's site. Some romantic, some funny, many based on sight. Going Public created a poem of some of the best pines. Orange, Blue and the bus lines. Each line is from a different submission. Check 'em out if you want love or if you're just out fishin': I first noticed you when we were walking through the turnstiles/ You had a bright pink phone, dark hair and nice smile.
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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 seen a 17 percent growth...
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February 18, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
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.
NEWS
June 24, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
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.
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December 9, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
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.
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June 24, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
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.
NEWS
April 25, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
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.
NEWS
February 18, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
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.
NEWS
November 16, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
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)
NEWS
August 27, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
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...
NEWS
December 9, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
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.
NEWS
July 18, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
In May, the CTA shut down Brown, Purple and Red line train service during rush hour on the North Side so firefighters could battle a blaze at Roy's Furniture near the Fullerton stop. During the shutdown, riders reported conflicting instructions from CTA employees - one example of a few recent communication breakdowns CTA President Forrest Claypool identified as a problem in a sitdown interview with RedEye shortly after the incident. To improve communication with riders, the CTA is moving toward an audio system the agency says will provide clearer announcements at rail stations.
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 seen a 17 percent growth...
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