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Old November 28th, 2010, 06:15 PM   #201
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News article on the CTA Red Line Extension.

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CTA Plans To Add New South Side Red Line Stops
First Posted: 09-27-10 06:58 PM | Updated: 09-27-10 07:12 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/0..._n_741002.html

For years, Chicagoans have been vocal about their desire for expanded CTA service--and Red Line users on the South Side just might get it soon enough.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the CTA has made a Red Line extension plan its "No. 1 priority among major capital improvement projects." The extension would add four new stations along the South Side route--including stops at 103rd, 111th, 116th and 130th streets.

The CTA hopes the project will offer improved transportation and economic recovery for under-served Chicago communities.

Transit has always been denied to our community," John Paul Jones, an organizer with the Developing Communities Project in Chicago, told the Tribune. "But a new process is beginning that will make it much easier and safer for people to get to work, school and hospitals, and for business people to develop commercial plans for housing and retail around new stations on the Red Line extension."

Adding the four new stations will cost an estimated $1.4 billion. The expansion could begin within the next several years and be completed as soon as 2016, depending on the availability of money, CTA officials told the Tribune.

"If you don't have a car, you don't have nothing out here," CTA rider Carl Mables told ABC 7 Chicago. The five-and-a-half mile extension hopes to include more stores and business to expand economic growth and improve the quality of life for residents.

The CTA has already received $285,000 in federal money for the project.
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Old November 28th, 2010, 07:22 PM   #202
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The subway fare is 2.25 USD with cash. With a farecard it's 2.00 USD for bus and 2.25 USD for rail

Yes, the elevated structure darkens the street (I think that's what you are saying), but we don't mind. :-D
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Old November 29th, 2010, 05:52 AM   #203
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Northsider, you have some amazing photos!! How did you get the shots of the brown line curve in between the Merchandise Mart and Chicago Stations? It must have been from a private residence. I envy the people who live in such photogenic places!!

Again, great shots!!!!!!!!!

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Old November 29th, 2010, 04:27 PM   #204
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Northsider, you have some amazing photos!! How did you get the shots of the brown line curve in between the Merchandise Mart and Chicago Stations? It must have been from a private residence. I envy the people who live in such photogenic places!!

Again, great shots!!!!!!!!!

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Thanks for the compliment. I shot this from a public parking garage. See this thread for many other similar locations to shot photos.
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Old November 29th, 2010, 04:40 PM   #205
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Here are some more shots from my trip to Chicago for the Marathon:

Wriggly Field from Addison Station on the Red Line:


The Loop:

Trump Tower from below Madison Station on the loop:


Madison Station from my hotel room:


The Loop structure from below at the corner of Monroe and Wabash:


Adams Station:


Orange Line train on the Loop:


Blue Line:

Budd 2200 train on the Blue Line (notice the inward swinging doors):


Skyline from above UIC Halsted Station on Blue Line:


Jackson station in the Dearborn St. Subway:


Brown Line:

Marathon from the Brown line:


Brown Line Sedgwick station:
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Old November 29th, 2010, 05:47 PM   #206
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A CTA train derailed after hitting a car on the Brown Line.

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November 28, 2010 11:49 AM



A CTA train derailed after hitting a car and critically injuring the driver early this morning in the Northwest Side Albany Park neighborhood, officials said.

About 7:20 a.m., a ground-level CTA Brown Line train struck a vehicle in the 4600 block of North Kedzie Avenue near the Kedzie train station, according to police.

The train was traveling north when it struck a car on the tracks, according to Wanda Taylor, a spokeswoman with the CTA.

The car's driver was taken in serious to critical condition to Illinois Masonic, according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Joe Roccasalva. The train operator was also taken to Illinois Masonic because he was shaken up, he said.

The train derailed after hitting the car and struck the platform, causing serious damage to the platform, Roccasalva said. The car was mangled, he said.

Taylor said about 11:30 a.m. that northbound and southbound trains are running on a single track between Kimball and Western but would not be stopping at Kedzie. Bus shuttles will be available from Kimball to Western to take passengers to and from the Kedzie stop.

She said that it was too soon to tell how long the route will be affected by the accident, noting that there was some damage to the platform at Kedzie and it will take time to determine how best to deal with it.

No passengers were injured and people were able to exit onto the train platform by using other cars, Taylor said.
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Old November 29th, 2010, 09:16 PM   #207
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isnt that Poebe from "Friends" here on the left?

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Old November 29th, 2010, 10:16 PM   #208
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isnt that Poebe from "Friends" here on the left?
Heh, yeah that pic does look like Poebe....but I assure you it is not.

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Old December 3rd, 2010, 04:33 PM   #211
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Great photos btw.
Thanks! I wish I had more!

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Old December 3rd, 2010, 10:51 PM   #212
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About that piece on the train hitting the car, did they ever determine who was at fault?

Great pics from everyone in this thread, especially the OP. If I could, I'd tour as much of Chicago as possible via the L. Looks like it gives great views.
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 10:55 PM   #213
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About that piece on the train hitting the car, did they ever determine who was at fault?

Great pics from everyone in this thread, especially the OP. If I could, I'd tour as much of Chicago as possible via the L. Looks like it gives great views.
Pretty sure the car tried to avoid the gates and rush over the tracks. All I've read is that preliminary findings were that the gates were working properly
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Old December 4th, 2010, 03:50 AM   #214
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Pretty sure the car tried to avoid the gates and rush over the tracks. All I've read is that preliminary findings were that the gates were working properly
That would have been my first guess too.

Interesting that that could happen though. It's rare to find heavy rail with at-grade crossings.
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Old December 4th, 2010, 06:17 AM   #215
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Old December 6th, 2010, 06:48 PM   #216
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Improvements planned for Metra's Union Pacific West Line.

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Illinois communities are growing rapidly, and Metra's goal is to continue to deliver safe, reliable and affordable service along our existing lines through infrastructure improvements that bring new service and commuting opportunities to hundreds of thousands of riders.

The Union Pacific West Line (UP-W) extends nearly 44 miles west from Chicago to Elburn. The UP-W Line serves 62 communities in parts of Kane, DuPage and western Cook counties. UP-W Line passengers make approximately 29,000 trips per weekday on 59 commuter trains.

There is an increasing demand for service in this region due to substantial residential growth. For example, the Elburn area is projected to grow by more than 650 percent between 2000-2030 and the Winfield/West Chicago area is expected to grow by more than 150 percent in that same time frame. Employment in this segment is anticipated to increase more than 100 percent, and the UP-W Line improvements will provide better access to major businesses in the corridor including General Mills, DuPage Airport, Fermilab, Navistar and the future DuPage Technology Park.

Through the proposed improvements to the UP-W Line, service would expand from 59 to up to 80 trains per day. Additionally, the proposed express schedule is expected to grow from 20 to as many as 30 trains per day.

If all key segments along the route are updated, more trains can operate, allowing the line's capacity, speed and reliability to increase, enhancing the potential for reverse-commuting along the UP-W Line. The major improvements include signal system upgrades that would enhance safety, additional tracks and crossovers to improve travel times and restructuring the bottleneck that occurs at the A-2 Crossing, the busiest rail crossing in Northeastern Illinois, where the UP-W Line crosses the Milwaukee District West (MD-W), Milwaukee District North (MD-N) and North Central Service (NCS) lines in Chicago.

Slower travel times along the existing UP-W Line cause many residents to drive to the BNSF line for faster express service. A culmination of the proposed improvements would address this issue and provide the additional benefit of easing congestion along the BNSF route.

This and other New Start improvements and extensions could save commuters thousands of hours of travel time, eliminate hundreds of auto accidents and conserve millions of gallons of fuel.
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Could not find anything on the cost to just extend the Orange Line.

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CTA board OKs extending 'L' lines
August 12, 2009 6:54 PM | 84 Comments | UPDATED STORY
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The CTA board today approved the extension of three rail lines to remedy gaps in service in Chicago and the suburbs.

The plans were not uniformly embraced by the public, but CTA Chairman Carole Brown said it is still early in the planning process and no definite decisions have been made.

The move to expand the Orange, Red and Yellow/Skokie Swift lines--and select specific routes--culminates years of planning, although construction is likely years away.

Under the plans, the Red Line would be extended to 130th Street from its current terminus at 95th Street on the Dan Ryan Expressway.

The Red Line extension, some 40 years in the making, would use Union Pacific Railroad right of way. The new train service would improve mobility for low-income residents in communities under-served by mass transit on Chicago's South Side, as well as provide a new transit option for commuters from the southern suburbs who either drive downtown or drive to Metra stations.

Extending the Red Line--a project estimated to cost more than $1 billion--would also streamline bus-to-train connections for 12 CTA bus routes and four Pace bus routes, officials said. The project could also connect the Red Line with the South Shore commuter train and Metra's proposed SouthEast Service commuter rail, officials said.

In addition, the Orange Line would be expanded from Midway Airport to near the Ford City shopping center. The extension is intended to improve bus-to-train connections for numerous CTA and Pace bus routes along Cicero Avenue and other nearby parts of the Chicago area where there has been significant growth. Other goals include reducing traffic congestion at the Midway Airport Orange Line station and cutting down on the lengthy bus trips to access the Orange Line, officials said.

In the north suburbs, the Yellow Line would be extended several miles to near the Old Orchard shopping center in Skokie, from the current terminal on Dempster Street. The rail extension is also intended to improve public transportation, including express service, to hospitals and employment centers in the vicinity of Old Orchard Road, officials said.

After approval by the CTA board, the process for all three rail-extension projects would move to carrying out environmental-impact studies required for the projects to qualify for federal grants, and a push in Congress by the Illinois delegation to win funding.

For more information on CTA Board meetings, visit the agency's Web site.

-- Jon Hilkevitch
I'm curious, are the extensions going to be actual elevated lines or just at ground extensions? the red line is just going to stay in between the median of the expressway throughout right?
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Old December 6th, 2010, 09:37 PM   #218
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I'm curious, are the extensions going to be actual elevated lines or just at ground extensions? the red line is just going to stay in between the median of the expressway throughout right?
As far as I know of both the Orange Line extension to Ford City and the Red Line extension are just joing to be at ground, with the Red Line staying in the median of the Dan Ryan and then use either the UPRR alignment or the Halstead Street alignment to 127th Street.

locally preferred alternative for Orange Line

locally preferred alternative for the Red Line Extension Project along the Union Pacific Railroad alignment

alternative for the Red Line Extension Project with a Halsted Street alignment
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As far as I know of both the Orange Line extension to Ford City and the Red Line extension are just joing to be at ground, with the Red Line staying in the median of the Dan Ryan and then use either the UPRR alignment or the Halstead Street alignment to 127th Street.
At least part of the Orange line will be elevated, both because it starts from the elevated section and it has to cross the rail yard right before Ford City. Red Line will most likely be at-grade using highway median
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El has graded crossings? I know it isn't the UP west kedzie station.

Where would they extend UP west to? There used to be a train that went to Dekalb but it was discontinued in the seventies.
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