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Old May 3rd, 2012, 01:51 AM   #421
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Then there's no Tokyo metro because most if not all of those lines continue as commuter rail past their termini in a through-running shenanigan.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 01:46 AM   #422
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I take it no --uhm-- rapid transit replacement's forecast

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Old May 4th, 2012, 01:57 AM   #423
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Old May 15th, 2012, 01:11 AM   #424
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Several instances in the Chicago "L" system in which there is more than one station with the same name. (Correct me if I'm wrong, though.)

* Addison (3)
* Ashland (2, a third is titled "Ashland/63rd")
* Austin (2)
* Belmont (2)
* California (3)
* Central (2)
* Chicago (3)
* Cicero (3)
* Clinton (2)
* Damen (3)
* Grand (2)
* Halsted (2)
* Harlem (3, and two are on the Blue Line)
* Irving Park (2)
* Jackson (2)
* Kedzie (4)
* Monroe (2, Dearborn and State)
* Montrose (2)
* Oak Park (2)
* Pulaski (4)
* Roosevelt (2, Wabash and State)
* Western (5)
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Old May 15th, 2012, 02:06 AM   #425
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And what's interesting is that only the two stations named Central refer to two different streets. The Purple Line station is on Central Street in Evanston; the Green Line station is on Central Avenue on the West Side. The two neighborhoods are like night and day.
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Old May 17th, 2012, 04:47 AM   #426
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Nice find! I love time lapse videos of the L
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Old May 17th, 2012, 05:38 AM   #427
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Ridership from 2008 to 2012 on the trains for March, average weekday:

Red:
2008: 218,526
2012: 252,729
+16%

Blue:
2008: 140,751
2012: 167,949
+19%

Brown:
2008: 68,959
2012: 105,428
+53%

Orange:
2008: 53,078
2012: 56,073
+5%

Green:
2008: 60,999
2012: 65,356
+7%

Purple:
2008: 31,402
2012: 41,036
+31%

Pink:
2008: 25,057
2012: 31,255
+25%

Yellow:
2008: 4,232
2012: 5,098
+20%

Total:
2008: 603,003
2012: 724,924
+20%

The biggest gains as far as actual riders has been on the Red Line, Brown Line and Blue lines coming in from the north side of the city. I take the Red Line and Brown Line every day, and the past few years it's gotten very difficult to get on trains during rush hour, even though they come one after another.
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Old May 17th, 2012, 05:57 AM   #428
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Is it possible that the only reason why Red line gets the most passenegers is because they serve the most area and has most stations? How crowded are the Loop lines compared to red and blue lines during rush hour?
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Is it possible that the only reason why Red line gets the most passenegers is because they serve the most area and has most stations? How crowded are the Loop lines compared to red and blue lines during rush hour?
75% of the Red Line boardings are on the north side and the downtown subway sections. The Red Line gets the most riders because it runs through the very dense areas along the north lakefront. Well over 100,000 of the Red Line boardings are just in the 9 stations from Wilson through downtown. Areas that have a lot of middle and upper class young professionals that work in the downtown loop.

The 9 stations that make up the Loop Elevated trains handle 75,000 boardings per day. Another 22,000 board at the Merch Mart/Chicago/Clinton stations that are just outside the loop, but still downtown. 107,000 boardings per day are on the 11 Blue/Red Line subway stations downtown.
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Old May 18th, 2012, 03:32 AM   #430
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I love time lapse videos of the L
Oh? Then please share here others you know of (thank you). Upon seeing the following superb shot of the spruced-up junction, I'd actually been trying to score timelapses of it to be sharing here:
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Old May 18th, 2012, 04:53 AM   #431
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^This is actually a picture of Tower 18 before the tower replacement.
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Old May 20th, 2012, 04:27 AM   #432
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May 18 - opening of Morgan station on Pink & Green lines.

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Old May 20th, 2012, 03:16 PM   #433
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Is it a refurbished or brand new station added just now?
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Old May 20th, 2012, 03:21 PM   #434
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This is a brand-new infill station on an existing line. There was a previous station on this site 1893-1948.
See more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_%28CTA_station%29.
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Old May 29th, 2012, 03:16 PM   #435
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Gleaming new CTA station raises question: What price architecture?

$38 million Morgan Street stop dazzling to the eye and pocketbook

Blair Kamin

May 29, 2012

A conventional mezzanine, where passengers would climb and pay fares before ascending to the platforms, was ruled out. It would have obstructed truck traffic. Instead, Barney and her project architect, Ryan Giblin, did something unconventional.

To the north and south of the elevated, they stacked a 40-foot-tall slab, sheathing it in glass and panels of perforated stainless steel. Each slab contains a ground-level station house, stairs leading to a platform and an elevator that takes riders to the platforms and a glass-enclosed bridge connecting them. The outcome succeeds as urban design and architecture.

There is no facile attempt here to mimic the muscular brick structures of nearby lofts and warehouses. The boxy slabs have the right toughness for the neighborhood, yet by virtue of their height, transparency and glinting presence, they give it something fresh. Large-scale stainless steel signs, proclaiming "CTA" atop the slabs and "Morgan Station" on the sides of the elevated structure, make the station easy to identify from afar..........

The platforms are also well-detailed. Translucent canopies admit natural light to the platforms while thin pairs of steel columns nicely culminate in fins — an improvement on the squarish canopy supports at the Belmont and Fullerton stations.

The glass-sheathed sky bridge isn't bad either, even though its structural members are too bulky. It's fully enclosed from the weather and offers drop-dead views of Willis Tower and the downtown skyline..........
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Old June 5th, 2012, 07:48 AM   #436
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Red Line Dan Ryan Branch will be shut down for total track replacement to eliminate slow zones
Buses will provide alternative service on the South Side. Southbound red line trains will switch over to the Green Line for through-service to Ashland/63rd in Englewood.

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Old June 7th, 2012, 07:51 PM   #437
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CTA's 2011 ridership at 20-year high

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(Crain's) — Chicago commuters took to the city's buses and trains in high numbers last year, giving the Chicago Transit Authority its highest ridership in 20 years.


A total of 531,960,253 rides were taken in 2011, according to figures the CTA released today. That marks a 3 percent increase from 2010 ridership, but it does not beat the previous high of 540 million rides in 1991.


The mass transit agency attributed the gains to higher gas prices and system improvements including updated rail stations and the launch of train tracker and LED signs announcing bus arrival times at certain shelters.

"Based on the extensive feedback we've received from our customers, the jump in ridership shows that our efforts to improve our operations, upgrade our fleet and infrastructure and focus more on the things that matter most to our customers are having a positive result," CTA President Forrest Claypool said in a statement.

The CTA's gains were higher than gains experienced by other transit agencies in the nation, according to an American Public Transportation Association study.

Gains were greatest on the El, rising 5.2 percent. The Blue Line led the increase with an 8 percent gain. Bus ridership was up 1.4 percent in 2011.

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http://www.chicagobusiness.com/artic...WS10/120319951
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Chicago Tribune: Bombardier's new CTA rail cars back on track

The Bombardier Transportation in Plattsburgh N.Y. manufactures the rail cars for the CTA. They fixed the problem with the wheel housings on the rail cars. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune)
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Subway rail replacement, from CTA flickr account

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So what exactly catches fire when the bi-annual Blue Line fires happen? Is it the grease on the wooden ties? If so, will the concrete tie replacements remove this issue?
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