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  • Chicago transit work could demolish 16 buildings Apr 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    Transit officials have announced plans to untangle one of Chicago’s worst commuter train choke points, and it may involve the destruction of 16 buildings. It’s part of a $1.7 billion first phase of improvements to a northern section of the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red Line and parallel Purple Line. The 24-hour Red Line is the backbone of the system and has the most riders of any of the rail lines. But the trains, running between downtown and Chicago’s northern neighborhoods, have to come to a halt around Belmont station to allow Brown Line trains to cross, causing daily delays for 150,000 passengers. The CTA wants to lift the Brown Line with an overpass. The Chicago Sun-Times reports ( ) the CTA would have to acquire residential and other buildings.

  • Train too fast for brakes to stop crash at O’Hare: report Apr 7, 2014 6:01 PM
    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.

  • CTA fires train operator in Blue Line crash, revises scheduling Apr 4, 2014 5:08 PM
    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.

  • Questions remain about Blue Line safety issues Mar 31, 2014 11:30 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.

  • The Soapbox Mar 29, 2014 5:00 AM
    With all that's wrong in the world, Daily Herald editors are able to look at the bright side on some local issues.

  • O’Hare service opening Sunday on Blue Line Mar 29, 2014 10:17 PM
    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.

  • Expert says safety devices might not have given train time enough to brake Mar 27, 2014 6:58 PM
    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?

  • TSA officer on train’s driver: ‘She should have been fired’ Mar 26, 2014 9:08 PM
    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.

  • Expert: ‘Miracle’ no deaths in O’Hare CTA train crash Mar 25, 2014 7:40 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.

  • Surveillance video shows CTA Blue Line crash Mar 26, 2014 10:16 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.

  • Safety systems, operator scrutinized after CTA crash Mar 25, 2014 7:35 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.

  • Ventra switch coming July 1 for Pace, CTA riders Mar 14, 2014 6:02 PM
    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 pay Mar 5, 2014 5:00 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’s Blue Line work means station closings Feb 24, 2014 5:58 PM
    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.

  • Transit agencies on defensive at state hearing Feb 11, 2014 2:03 PM
    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.

  • Ventra cost CTA $1.2 million in free rides Dec 30, 2013 4:01 PM
    Chicago transit officials say problems with the new Ventra fare system have cost it $1.2 million in free rides. The Chicago Transit Authority made the announcement on Monday. The CTA says it will pursue reimbursement from Ventra’s vendor, Cubic Transportation Systems Inc. CTA spokesman Brian Steele says Cubic has “indicated they will reimburse” the CTA. The estimate covers the period from Oct. 1 to Dec. 19. The CTA says more than 900,000 bus rides and 21,000 rail rides were free “because Ventra fare readers were not functioning correctly.” However CTA officials say Ventra is doing better. They say performance has improved as it continues to monitor the new system.

  • Chicago transit eligible for more federal funds Nov 19, 2013 5:37 PM
    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 9:28 PM
    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.

  • Can task force solve feud between Metra, Pace, CTA? Oct 3, 2013 7:06 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.

  • Transit agencies lay out differences to panel Sep 25, 2013 6:59 PM
    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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