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Old March 30th, 2013, 09:39 AM   #581
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CHICAGO | Garfield (Green Line) Station

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The Garfield station has received two new, wide, temporary stairwells and banks of turnstiles to allow for easier connections for larger numbers of people to use the station, with direct connections to a new bus terminal, on the east side of the station.

This work is in anticipation of the Red Line South Reconstruction Project, which will reroute Red Line service to Ashland/63rd via the South Side 'L'. During the work, both the Red Line (Howard-Ashland/63rd service via the State Street Subway) and Green Line (Harlem-Cottage Grove service) will serve this station.

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Old May 18th, 2013, 10:18 PM   #584
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As we performed some of the finishing touches on getting ready for the Red Line South Reconstruction project and reroutes, CTA workers made their way across the Red Line to put up temporary signs indicating Ashland/63rd as the terminus of the Red Line opposite Howard, as trains will terminate there, instead of 95th/Dan Ryan, for five months during the project.

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Workers install hardware under the 'L' near new signs that help guide people to buses and trains at Garfield, which is about to be a major transfer point between free shuttles and Red Line and Green Line trains.

Some finishing touches have been going in at Garfield in preparation for the large number of people who will be transferring from free, express shuttles to the station--including improvements to passenger flow in and out of the station, bus terminal connections and new customer information.

Service changes for the reconstruction project begin May 19th! Know before you go: redlinesouth.com/

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Garfield Station - Shuttle Transfer Preparations

New digital signs showing CTA Train Tracker show upcoming estimated arrivals. An update to Train Tracker added more schedule-based data to show trains beyond just those which are already in service and generating real-time info, so you can always see the next train and when a following train should arrive.

Some finishing touches have been going in at Garfield in preparation for the large number of people who will be transferring from free, express shuttles to the station--including improvements to passenger flow in and out of the station, bus terminal connections and new customer information.

Service changes for the reconstruction project begin May 19th! Know before you go: redlinesouth.com/

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These signs, often called "breadcrumbs," help guide you to where to go for buses, parking, paratransit, or the Kiss & Ride.

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A wide bank of turnstiles is in place for entry to trains to downtown and Howard or Harlem, via the Red Line and Green Line, respectively.

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An electrician works on some wiring under new signs that indicate service toward Ashland/63rd or Cottage Grove.

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Turnstiles will allow free entry, so the Chicago Card discs have been replaced with graphics that note it's a free transfer.

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New signs for outbound service show Red Line to Ashland/63rd and Green Line to Cottage Grove.

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Signs that direct people to the special, free, express shuttles that will take them to closed Red Line South stations have been mounted in the bus terminal.

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A Red Line timetable for the Garfield elevated station, showing Howard-Ashland/63rd Service appears on a windbreak.

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As with most major new routings implemented by CTA, we've been running some training/demonstration trains with employees to follow the Red Line's new, temporary route for during Red Line South Reconstruction. The train operated from Howard to Ashland/63rd, and back, via the State Street Subway.

These photos show information that was posted inside the train—as well as the train itself with its red, Howard and Ashland/63rd destination signs—as it made its way across the new routing.

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These photos show information that was posted inside the train—as well as the train itself with its red, Howard and Ashland/63rd destination signs—as it made its way across the new routing.

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Green Line Training/Demonstration Train by cta web, on Flickr

As with most major new routings implemented by CTA, we've been running some training/demonstration trains with employees to follow the Green Line's new, temporary routings for during Red Line South Reconstruction. The train operated from Harlem/Lake to Roosevelt, as well as around the full Outer Loop track, and back to Harlem, as some morning and evening rush hour trips will do (respectively).

These photos show information that was posted inside the train—as well as the train itself with its green, Loop and Roosevelt destination signs.

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These photos show information that was posted inside the train—as well as the train itself with its green, Loop and Roosevelt destination signs.

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Red Line Training/Demonstration Train by cta web, on Flickr

As with most major new routings implemented by CTA, we've been running some training/demonstration trains with employees to follow the Red Line's new, temporary route for during Red Line South Reconstruction. The train operated from Howard to Ashland/63rd, and back, via the State Street Subway.

These photos show information that was posted inside the train—as well as the train itself with its red, Howard and Ashland/63rd destination signs—as it made its way across the new routing.
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Unused partially completed station under Block 37 in the Loop:

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Red Line South reconstruction

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Old July 18th, 2013, 07:10 PM   #587
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Red Line South reconstruction

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The first large sections of new track components on the Red Line South are beginning to go in at the south end of the route! These photos are from near 95th/Dan Ryan. Track ties and tie plates, are mostly what you see here, so far. The "running rails" (the rails on which trains physically run) are clipped onto the tie plates, which are the flat pieces of metal already affixed to the wooden ties at the correct distance apart.

More than just the rails on which trains run must be installed--components like the third rail and complex signaling system elements will also need to be installed before the track is complete.

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Kimball station track replacement

Tracks are being replaced at Kimball station, the ground-level terminus of the CTA Brown Line in the Albany Park district of the Northwest Side.

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signs tell passengers to go to the Kedzie station, the temporary terminus during works at Kimball

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Old August 1st, 2013, 08:03 PM   #589
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Really cool thread. I'm on a Chicago binge now at SSC- only was fortunate enough to visit the city once though, sadly...in a February (brr)! But I rode CTA quite often. I must say, of the ten or so cities I've been to in North America with light or heavy rail, Chicago is by far the best designed, in my opinion. (Yes, I know that's not saying anything by European standards). I love the spiraling out of the city from the Loop, and the aesthetics of the L's (or is it El's?) passing closely to the buildings above the streets is quite iconic. The system has a great balance between areas of coverage and ease of navigation for out-of-towners.

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I really like those wooden platforms.
I was going through the whole thread waiting for a comment about the wooden platforms! I agree completely, they help give the system a classic, intimate feel. (Classically designed with modern standards of safety doesn't have to be a contradiction.) I think they should keep using wood when the stations need maintenance/replacing. Besides the classical aesthetics, according to a well-informed user above, apparently it's necessary/practical to meet the weight restrictions of the lower supports.

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Ventra

The Ventra card is being rolled out in Chicago. It will be used to pay for CTA trains and buses and Pace buses (suburban Chicago). The system looks to be similar to CharlieCard in Boston area and Clipper card in SF Bay area.

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Old August 9th, 2013, 04:10 AM   #591
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Last run of CTA 2200-series traincars

Here are all the images I took while on the Chicago Transit Authority's last run of the 2200-series rapid transit cars (Thursday, 8 August 2013).
There are 125 jpgs + 8 indices = 133 images ~ 61.5 MB
Here is what you will get.

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2200 series

What can one say about the blinker doors on the 2200 trains? I think anyone who struggled to get his or her luggage into the train on the way to ORD will not miss them.

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Why weren't concrete sleepers/rail road ties used?
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^CTA's experience with them (an older two-block design) was not good at all, and that's what was removed for the rebuild.

In fact, the results in the US have been mixed at best. Amtrak, Metro North, and New Jersey Transit have all put in concrete ties only to remove them a few years later.
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Interesting. Thanks!
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^CTA's experience with them (an older two-block design) was not good at all, and that's what was removed for the rebuild.

In fact, the results in the US have been mixed at best. Amtrak, Metro North, and New Jersey Transit have all put in concrete ties only to remove them a few years later.
Thats not true , the only tie issues were traced back bad concrete mixes which have also effected bridges and tunnels wiched needed to be rebuilt again.
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The agencies I named removed the concrete ties, didn't they? Did they replace them with wood or concrete?
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What can one say about the blinker doors on the 2200 trains? I think anyone who struggled to get his or her luggage into the train on the way to ORD will not miss them.
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I'll never understand why for years they put the 2200 trains on the O'Hare run for that very reason. Seemed completely counter intuitive when there other cars without the blinker doors that were available being used by other lines.
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I'll never understand why for years they put the 2200 trains on the O'Hare run for that very reason. Seemed completely counter intuitive when there other cars without the blinker doors that were available being used by other lines.
I always thought that as well, it's the one line I WOULDN'T put them on. I wonder if it had something to do with the fact that the Blue Line is pretty much the only "isolated" line of the system, and originally these cars were bought for that specific route. It's very easy to switch all the trains around on the other lines since they all mesh together on the Loop Elevated except the Red Line, which integrates once it gets up north of downtown and meshes with the Brown and Purple lines (or at least you can fairly easily switch out cars on all the lines). Maybe they wanted to keep all the blinker door trains segregated and have one rail yard responsible for maint? Not have them get mixed up with train segments on the other lines?

I believe the only place the Blue Line can integrate with the rest of the system is the link around the Illinois Medical Center. The Pink Line crosses the Blue Line/Expressway/Roadways with a link very very high in the air, then decends down in the middle of the expressway and almost immediately dives down again into a subway. The grade change is quite pronounced. From Subway up to ground level, up above to the bridges crossing the expressway and then up again to clear those bridges.
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