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  • A device that triggered an automatic braking system was too close to the end of the track to prevent a crash at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, according to a preliminary federal report released Monday.

    Train too fast for brakes to stop crash at O’Hare: reportApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    A CTA train was speeding at 26 mph just seconds before it hit a bumper at the end of the track at the Blue Line O’Hare Station and bounced onto an escalator March 24, the NTSB stated Monday. The train was traveling so fast, there wasn’t enough distance for an automatic braking system to stop it, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report.

  • The investigation into a CTA Blue Line crash at O’Hare Station continues.

    CTA fires train operator in Blue Line crash, revises schedulingApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    The woman who fell asleep at the controls of a CTA Blue Line train that catapulted into an escalator March 24 at O'Hare was fired Friday, the agency confirmed. Also on Friday, CTA officials announced new scheduling rules aimed at increasing rest time between shifts.

  • One passenger's photo reveals the aftermath of the March 24 Blue Line O'Hare Station shake-up. The crash has raised questions about systemic faults with CTA operations.

    Questions remain about Blue Line safety issuesMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    In light of last week's accident and others in the past, should commuters worry about traveling on the Blue Line? Experts and riders weigh in as the investigation into the O'Hare Station crash continues. The train operator has admitted to dozing off on the job twice — just before the crash and on Feb. 1 — but her union faults a culture of overtime.

  • courtesy of Milka Overton Damage to equipment as a result of the March 24 Blue Line crash at O’Hare Station was significant.

    O’Hare service opening Sunday on Blue LineMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    The CTA's Blue Line O'Hare Station will reopen around 2 p.m. Sunday. Service between O'Hare and Rosemont has been closed since a eight-car train crashed into an escalator early in the morning March 24.

  • The SoapboxMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    With all that's wrong in the world, Daily Herald editors are able to look at the bright side on some local issues.

  • George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Signs in front of the O’Hare CTA station direct riders to take shuttle buses. Work continues at the site of Monday’s Blue Line crash and officials anticipate reopening the station some time this weekend.

    Expert says safety devices might not have given train time enough to brakeMar 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    What does the CTA's intention of allowing more space for a device that triggers the brakes in trains heading into the O'Hare station say about conditions before a serious crash Monday?

  • A Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O’Hare Airport station after it derailed early Monday.

    TSA officer on train’s driver: ‘She should have been fired’Mar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    As a Transportation Security Administration officer, Milka Overton’s job is to keep people safe. Yet on her way to work Monday, Overton found herself in danger aboard the CTA Blue Line train that crashed at O’Hare — and she questions how the operator fell asleep at the wheel given that she had dozed off at work before. “The very first time, she should have been fired or let go,” said Overton.

  • A Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O’Hare Airport station after it derailed early Monday in Chicago. More than 30 people were injured after the train “climbed over the last stop, jumped up on the sidewalk and then went up the stairs and escalator,” according to Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago.

    Expert: ‘Miracle’ no deaths in O’Hare CTA train crashMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Chicago train driven by an apparently sleepy operator, which jumped its tracks and screeched up an escalator at O’Hare, could have caused untold death and destruction had the crash occurred during the day when the station is usually packed with travelers, a transportation expert said. “It is a miracle that nobody died,” said Joseph Schwieterman, a transportation expert at DePaul University.

  • Signs in front of O’Hare CTA station direct riders to take the shuttle buses after Monday’s train crash.

    Surveillance video shows CTA Blue Line crashMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    In case of an emergency, a CTA train operator can push a red button to trigger powerful electromagnetic brakes that could have stopped the lead car of a Blue Line train from catapulting onto an escalator Monday at the O’Hare station.The fact that last resort wasn’t used reinforces concerns the train operator was dozing or points to a major mechanical failure, safety expert John Plante said.

  • A Chicago Transit Authority train car rests Monday on an escalator at the O’Hare Airport station after it derailed. More than 30 people were injured after the train “climbed over the last stop, jumped up on the sidewalk and then went up the stairs and escalator,” according to Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago.

    Safety systems, operator scrutinized after CTA crashMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    An automatic braking system like one scheduled to be installed by next year on some railroads might have helped stop a CTA train from derailing and flying onto an escalator at O’Hare International Airport Monday morning, investigators say. They’re also looking into why safety measures already in place did not prevent the crash, which injured 32 people. Meanwhile, a transit union official said the train operator “might have dozed off” before the crash.

  • July 1 is time to switch over to Ventra for CTA and Pace passengers.

    Ventra switch coming July 1 for Pace, CTA ridersMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Pace and the Chicago Transit Authority will officially transfer to Ventra, the new fare system July 1. Kinks that continued through the rollout of Ventra last fall and summer are worked out, officials promised.

  • Editorial: Transit task force on right track about payMar 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says preliminary recommendations from a public transit task force ethics committee make sense and could help improve the public's confidence in these agencies.

  • CTA riders head into the Rosemont station on the CTA Blue Line O’Hare Branch.

    CTA’s Blue Line work means station closingsFeb 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Expect weekend closures on sections of the CTA's Blue Line if you're heading into the city or O'Hare starting in March. It's part of a rehab of the Blue Line.

  • A Metra train plows past the Arlington Heights station in subzero temperatures last month.

    Transit agencies on defensive at state hearingFeb 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    State lawmakers put transit leaders on the spot Monday with questions about Metra's handling of the polar vortex, the transition to Ventra, and an embarrassing report on inappropriate comments by RTA executives.

  • Chicago transit eligible for more federal funds Nov 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    The transit system in Chicago is the first in the nation to benefit from an overhauled federal grant program. That’s allowing the Chicago Transit Authority to move ahead with planning for more rebuilding work on the rail system’s backbone Red Line and the North suburban Purple Line.

  • Ventra card readers malfunction Nov 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    Chicago Transit Authority officials say the agency had to hand out more than 15,000 free rides after 165 fare readers malfunctioned at 60 rail stations during Wednesday evening's rush hour.

  • Daily Herald File Photo The city and suburbs have a smooth relationship at the Rosemont CTA station but transit funding issues are creating divisions within the region.

    Can task force solve feud between Metra, Pace, CTA?Oct 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Members of a state task force got an earful from transit leaders about funding dysfunction and rivalries over a shrinking revenue pie Wednesday. Gov. Pat Quinn's panel is supposed to study how to eliminate waste, fraud and abuses and streamline any administrative redundancies at Metra, Pace, the CTA and Regional Transportation Authority.

  • Ann Schneider

    Transit agencies lay out differences to panel Sep 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    Transit leaders defended their records on ethics and performance in making their first appearance before a task force appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn Wednesday. The task force is scrutinizing Metra, Pace, the RTA and CTA in an effort to improve efficiency and transparency.

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