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Old April 30th, 2011, 02:27 PM   #261
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Good photos! Cta and Metra stations seem more modern than others historic subway like NYC. Philadelphia and Boston.
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Old May 6th, 2011, 06:50 PM   #262
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Good photos! Cta and Metra stations seem more modern than others historic subway like NYC. Philadelphia and Boston.
That because much of the CTA rail system was built later. The extensions to O' Hare and Midway were not built until 1984 and 1993 respectively. There is also an ongoing effort to modernize the rest of the system as well.
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Old July 14th, 2011, 05:25 AM   #264
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Some construction images of the new Oakton infill station on the Yellow Line from the Skokie village website.
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Old July 14th, 2011, 05:28 AM   #265
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Construction photos of the Morgan Street infill station on the Green and Pink line.











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Old July 28th, 2011, 03:23 PM   #266
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Chicago to add more patrols around CTA train, bus networks
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3:04 a.m. CDT, July 28, 2011
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's adding 50 full-time police officers to patrol Chicago Transit Authority trains and bus stations.

City officials say the officers will be drawn from the Chicago Police Academy and should be in place by next spring. The CTA says it's kicking in $10 million for the security upgrade.

Several high-profile attacks on the CTA's vast network in recent years raised public concern and highlighted safety issues.

In a statement from his office Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the beefed up security patrols will help "ensure the safety and security of all who rely on the CTA to get to work, school and to destinations across" Chicago.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy added in the same statement that the new officers will bolster the department's ability to deter crime.
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Old July 28th, 2011, 03:27 PM   #267
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CTA orders 300 new rail cars
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The CTA has ordered 300 additional 5000-series rail cars for $331 million, the car manufacturer Bombardier Transportation announced today.

The CTA has now ordered 706 of these rail cars, which feature aisle-facing seats, electronic signs and smooth propulsion system, Bombardier announced. The CTA's contract with Bombardier is now valued at $1 billion, the transportation company said.

This is the second order the CTA has placed for the cars. The CTA board voted last year to issue $550 million in revenue bonds to pay for its first order of 406 cars.

State grant is funding the order for 300 cars, CTA spokeswoman Sheila Gregory said.

The CTA began testing 10 of the new rail cars last year on all the lines. The most controversial aspect of the new cars is the aisle-facing seating.

CTA president Forrest Claypool said earlier this month that the agency is still evaluating the cars.

Bombardier spokesman Marc LaForge said production of the 706 cars should be completed by summer 2014. The cars are being manufactured in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
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Old July 28th, 2011, 03:30 PM   #268
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Quinn signs bill mandating new system by 2015
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Transit users and officials responded with satisfaction Thursday after Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation requiring the CTA, Metra and Pace to come up with a single, shared fare card by 2015.

Riders have long clamored for a universal fare card that could be used seamlessly on all three transit systems. But little progress was made due to a lack of cooperation among the agencies, ever-changing technology and the potential costs involved.

Spurred by legislators, the transit agencies and the Regional Transportation Authority found a way this last year to agree to develop a common system.

Officials believe they have finally caught up with technology, and will be able to partner with private companies to keep the cost of installing a modern system minimal.

"This is 21st century transit reform," Quinn said at the signing ceremony at the Ogilvie Transportation Center, where he was flanked by the heads of the CTA, Metra and Pace. The bill was passed by the legislature this past session to force the transit agencies to get it done.

A major sticking point in moving to a universal fare card has been Metra's incompatibility with fare systems used by the CTA and Pace.

Unlike those agencies, Metra's fares are distance-based. Metra also has an "open" system, meaning customers don't go through a turnstile. In addition, the rail line has long balked at updating its technology. Metra conductors still punch tickets, and only started accepting credit cards for purchases in 2010.

Metra CEO Alex Clifford, who took over in February, has made upgrading technology a top priority. Clifford even has a Twitter account, @MetraCEO, where he invites customers' comments.

As also required by the legislation, Metra also is evaluating bids to install Wi-Fi access on coach cars, and is studying the placing of automated external defibrillators on its trains.

So far, only the CTA has delved into anything close to high-tech ticketing. The Chicago Card and Chicago Card Plus are contactless smart cards used by riders to electronically pay for bus and rapid-transit fares.

CTA President Forrest Claypool said Thursday that the transit agency expects to begin implementing a new, improved contactless system within the next two years that can be used by all three transit systems.

Claypool said he hopes "you will be able to use your Visa card to tap in."

Claypool said the agency was negotiating a public-private partnership with an unspecified vendor who would pay the expense of installing a new system.

Transit riders Thursday hailed the new law.

"There are thousands of people like me who either have a longer commuter time or can't get to a job at all because for 30 years our transit agencies didn't allow people to transfer easily between Metra and the CTA," said Lamarr Scruggs, a leader of the community group Southsiders Organizing for Unity and Liberation, which helped lawmakers draft the legislation.
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Old July 28th, 2011, 04:09 PM   #269
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lol, by 2015. Brilliant. Gotta love Metra for being the bratty child.
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Old July 31st, 2011, 10:45 AM   #270
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lol, by 2015. Brilliant. Gotta love Metra for being the bratty child.
Well I am sure the different fare setup/structure complicates things.

Although it is ridiculous when transit agencies in the rest of the country/world have already done this in less time.
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Old July 31st, 2011, 10:48 AM   #271
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Some Metra train videos.



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Old August 4th, 2011, 05:46 AM   #272
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Some pics of the LaSalle Street Metra Terminal.

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LaSalle/Congress Intermodel Transfer Center by zol87

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LaSalle/Congress Intermodel Transfer Center by zol87

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Metra LaSalle Street Station, Chicago by phototravel1

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LaSalle Street Metra Station - Down the Hallway by neur0tica

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LaSalle Street Station by neur0tica

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Old August 4th, 2011, 07:48 AM   #273
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A video on how to navigate the Chicago "L" system.

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Old August 4th, 2011, 11:39 PM   #274
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WTF?!? Is this a continental thing, the blatant lack of hydraulic buffers? No wonder the state of rail around the
americas is ludicrous.




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"How to navigate"?!?
  • survival guide
  • ...and you'll need to look out for underground entrances to access them.
  • Some entrances look new and classy while others...
  • ...so don't feel frustrated if it doesn't stop for you.
  • ...look out for entrances to other lines if you plan to transfer to them.
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Old August 5th, 2011, 12:12 AM   #275
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WTF?!? Is this a continental thing, the blatant lack of hydraulic buffers? No wonder the state of rail around the
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"How to navigate"?!?
  • survival guide
  • some entrances look new and classy while others...
  • more ridule to come
  • further ridicule forthcoming
Seriously?
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Old August 5th, 2011, 02:42 AM   #276
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Seriously?
I understood none of that babble. But let me try:

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WTF?!? Is this a continental thing, the blatant lack of hydraulic buffers? No wonder the state of rail around the
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And WHY do we need those? Can't the train just, umm, stop? I can't think of one instance in my riding of transit around the USA in which a train overshot it's terminal and necessitated a hydraulic thingamajig....

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survival guide
Yes. It's needed. Frankly, I'm surprised there aren't commercials or programs on public access TV to show people how to use transit. People don't know how to use transit. Is that a crime?

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some entrances look new
Yes, some were rebuilt within the last few decades

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while others...
Yes, our system is VERY old. Give us a break. It's not cheap to REBUILD a rail line or station. But it's been done (Green, Brown, and Pink lines)

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Yea, come back in 70 years and "ridule" Chicago's decrepit stations.

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Bring it on. There's nothing to say that we already don't know.

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Old August 5th, 2011, 04:56 AM   #277
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You seem to forget trainrover that mass transit has very low priority in most of the US.
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Old August 5th, 2011, 05:00 AM   #278
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You seem to forget trainrover that mass transit has very low priority in most of the US.
Its the same in Canada....
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hey, what happened to the hydraulic buffers?
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Old August 5th, 2011, 08:31 PM   #280
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There's been none. Plus the municipal operator there comes out with :pfft: a “survival guide“ video (▼▼) geared toward honky-tonks
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  • ...and you'll need to look out for underground entrances to access them.
  • ...so don't feel frustrated if it doesn't stop for you.
  • ...look out for entrances to other lines if you plan to transfer to them.
Most Americans strike me as having the queerest way at looking over their shoulders, don't you find?
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