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November 7, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
What's black and white and red all over? The Red Line, which has been the star of CTA news recently. First, there was the announcement this summer that the Loyola stop will see a makeover. Next, the Wilson and Clark/Division stops were trumpeted for facelifts. Then, last week, officials reported $646 million in state funding to repair the southern portion of the Red Line, which has been plagued with slow zones, among other Red Line improvements. But the Red Line proposition that has stayed under the radar is the Red and Purple Line modernization project, a controversial set of six...
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May 29, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Two Chicago men were accused of stealing a backpack and cellphone at gunpoint from a CTA Red Line passenger Wednesday morning. The charges come on the heels of a Chicago Police Department announcement that the CTA saw a 36 percent reduction in electronics thefts this winter. Auturo Banks, 30, of the 6100 block of South Wabash Avenue, and Vincent Russell, 23, of the 500 block of East 42nd Street, were both arrested around 7 a.m. a block south of the 47th Street Red Line station.
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June 17, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Four more months! Wednesday marks one month since the CTA began overhauling the Red Line between Cermak-Chinatown and 95th Street. The project, which shuttered nine stations, is on schedule to be completed by Oct. 19, the CTA said. Demolition is nearly done and new construction will begin soon, CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said. Station overhaul also continues, including work that will allow new elevators to be built at the 87th, 63rd and Garfield stations, Chase said. In the meantime, riders have flocked to the free shuttles that are picking up at closed Red Line stations and dropping off at...
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May 28, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Electronics thefts on the CTA were down 36 percent for the first three months of this year, according to Chicago police data released last week. There were 228 reported thefts of iPhones, cellphones and computers from January through March, compared to 355 thefts during the same period last year, police said. CTA officials credit the decrease to an increase in cameras on the system, which saw ridership decline nearly 7 percent in January and February, according to the most recent ridership data available.
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June 12, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA has selected seven artists to create artwork for seven Red Line stations that underwent renovations last year. The CTA board on Wednesday approved the project funding, which won't exceed $381,900. More than 200 artists submitted their ideas for the North Side stations, CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said. "This was a pretty intensive process to select these folks," Chase said. "It's a diverse mix of artists who will soon reveal their plans. " Lynn Basa of Logan Square said she will create a colorful mosaic that will "evoke flowers" at the Argyle stop in Uptown.
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June 18, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
CTA riders, it's time to replace those Chicago Cards with new passes—but just for a few days. The CTA announced last week it is partnering with Chicago daily deal site Groupon to offer discounted three-day unlimited travel passes—typically $14—for $9. The deal should be available later this month, the CTA said. CTA president Forrest Claypool said he hopes the deal, which will generate nearly $2 million for the agency, will encourage visitors and infrequent riders to explore the city using trains and buses.
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April 17, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA announced today that it plans to create a bypass north of the Belmont station to speed North Side Brown, Red and Purple Line train travel through that area. About 150,000 rides go through the intersection north of the Belmont stop every day, creating a bottleneck that causes trains to have to wait minutes for signal clearance, the CTA said. The agency estimates it would cost $320 million to create the bypass and rebuild northern Red Line tracks. The CTA is seeking federal funds for this project, which may require the CTA to acquire 16 buildings north...
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April 2, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Even the CTA takes selfies. The CTA is filming its work on the Red Line on the South Side nearly a year after it revamped the track and stations there. During filming, trains are running single track overnight Wednesday between the Cermak-Chinatown and Garfield stops and overnight Thursday between the 47th and 69th stops. A CTA spokeswoman said the agency will film through sewers along the line. She likened the filming to a plumber looking into a drain to make sure plumbing is working.
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October 17, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
What's dressed in red, in need of a monthslong fix and finally ready to make a comeback? No, not Derrick Rose. (But, yes, Derrick Rose.) It's the southern portion of the Red Line. At 4 a.m. Sunday, the CTA will reopen nine stations south of Roosevelt Road that have been closed for five months so the agency could replace track plagued by slow zones and make three stations accessible for riders with disabilities. This $425 million undertaking - one of the largest reconstruction projects in CTA history - required a massive reroute plan.
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May 22, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Mayor Emanuel stopped by the CTA Roosevelt station this morning to thank commuters for their patience during the NATO summit. More than 20 bus lines were rerouted during the NATO summit, which ended Monday. Some CTA train commuters also endured delays because of NATO activities, while some Metra riders saw station closures and increased security measures. "I wanted to personally thank the people of the South Loop this morning and all Chicagoans for their hospitality and patience as we demonstrated that our city is a world-class...
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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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May 20, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA on Wednesday is holding a meeting about its $1.13 billion proposal to overhaul four Red Line stations, from Lawrence to Bryn Mawr, and corresponding track. The proposed improvements include elevators, wider platforms, better lighting, longer canopies and more benches. None of the four stops are currently accessible for riders with disabilities; the proposal includes making all four stops accessible. Work would begin at 2017 at the earliest, depending on when CTA could identify funding.
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May 15, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A Chicago man was accused of threatening two CTA employees at separate Red Line stations after he was arrested at the Grand Avenue station for shouting death threats at a K-9 unit, according to court records. Ricardo Woods, 30, of the 7900 block of South Talman Avenue, allegedly was detained for loitering on CTA property at the station without boarding a train, but became belligerent when he was released, the police report said. Woods was arrested and charged with threatening CTA agents with bodily harm.
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May 12, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA is holding an open house Tuesday about its $2.3 billion proposal to extend the Red Line from 95th Street to 130th Street. The agency is looking to build four new stations near 103rd, 111th, 116th and 130th streets along Union Pacific Railroad tracks, which would extend the Red Line 5.3 miles. Other alternatives include trains running on Halsted Street or express buses operating mostly on Michigan Avenue. The open house will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Palmer Park Gymnasium, 201 E. 111th St. The agency is working on a draft...
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April 28, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A Chicago man was arrested Saturday morning and charged with resisting arrest at the Fullerton Red Line station after another CTA rider told police officers he looked "like he was casing the joint," according to police records. Genarus Smith, 34, of the 5600 block of South Marshfield Avenue, was charged with criminal trespass to the CTA and two counts of resisting arrest after he refused to show police officers his identification and refused to leave the CTA platform where he had allegedly been standing for...
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April 21, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Call it the Leonardo DiCaprio of CTA stops. The Sheridan Red Line station has been passed over again - but not for an Oscar, like Leo. The CTA last week proposed a $1.13 billion overhaul of four North Side stations, from Lawrence to Bryn Mawr, and the accompanying track as part of the first phase of its titanic Red and Purple Line modernization plan. The announcement left some riders seeing red over the lack of inclusion of the Sheridan stop, often chided for its narrow staircases, antiquated wooden platforms and puddles after rainstorms.
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July 10, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA has retained about 90 percent of its South Side Red Line riders during the shutdown of the southern section of the Red Line, which began in mid May. These riders have opted to use free shuttle service, Red Line trains rerouted to Green Line tracks, Orange and Green Line trains and bus routes that parallel the Red Line during the construction project, which shuttered nine stations south of Roosevelt Road beginning May 19 and is expected to...
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April 17, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA announced today that it plans to create a bypass north of the Belmont station to speed North Side Brown, Red and Purple Line train travel through that area. About 150,000 rides go through the intersection north of the Belmont stop every day, creating a bottleneck that causes trains to have to wait minutes for signal clearance, the CTA said. The agency estimates it would cost $320 million to create the bypass and rebuild northern Red Line tracks. The CTA is seeking federal funds for this project, which may require the CTA to acquire 16 buildings north of Belmont for...
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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...
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