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Old March 24th, 2014, 02:23 PM   #681
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Train Derails at O’Hare International Airport; Dozens Injured

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CHICAGO, Il. (March 24, 2014) — At least 32 people were hurt early Monday morning, after a CTA Blue Line train derailed at O’Hare International Airport.

According to WGN in Chicago, the train hit a platform and went partway up an escalator. It’s not clear how fast the train was moving but it jumped a bumper at the end of the line and moved up an escalator, according to Chicago Fire Department Spokesman Larry Langford.

The injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. The investigation into what happened is still in the initial stages, so details will be forthcoming.
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Old March 24th, 2014, 02:23 PM   #682
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Train derails at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport Subway Station.

About 30 people were injured — none seriously — when a Chicago Transit Authority train derailed at the Blue Line's O'Hare station early Monday morning.
The train continued through the end of the platform and struck the escalators that lead to the airport's terminals just before 3 a.m.
"The train actually climbed over the last stop, jumped up on the sidewalk and then went up the stairs and escalators," Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Jose Santiago.

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Old March 24th, 2014, 03:01 PM   #683
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I woke up to this news. Truly sad. Prayers to all those affected.
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Old March 24th, 2014, 04:28 PM   #684
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I'd been supposing your avatar to be your photo!
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Old March 24th, 2014, 04:57 PM   #685
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That really could have a whole lot worse then it was.
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Old March 25th, 2014, 12:02 AM   #686
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Was the subway train operated by Keanu Reeves?



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Old March 25th, 2014, 01:29 AM   #687
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How creepy considering I was just on that platform last summer. However, I am thankful nobody died!
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Old March 25th, 2014, 04:08 AM   #688
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How creepy considering I was just on that platform last summer. However, I am thankful nobody died!
I was there a few days ago, probably been in and out of that station 100 times. The pictures are unbelievable.
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Old March 26th, 2014, 08:34 AM   #689
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Old March 26th, 2014, 09:30 AM   #690
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Good. By way of that site's comment field, I tried my best at shaming its launcher for solely blaming the motorman in its ½-dozen word description without mentioning the crappy operating authority there. (The 'security' footage revealed the unit plying the terminal track at full throttle )
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Old March 26th, 2014, 08:40 PM   #692
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the crappy operating authority there
I fully concur. In fact, according to The Chicago Tribune (referring to comments made by the NTSB investigator):

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Monday was not the first time the operator fell asleep at the controls, he said. “She did tell us that, in February, she dozed off and passed a station without stopping. CTA became aware of that almost immediately, and a supervisor admonished her and had a discussion with her,” Turpin said.

In February, operator was "just a little past the station," when she woke up and realized she was too far past the station open the doors, Turbin said.

Turpin said the operator was hired by the CTA last April and was selected for the agency's training program for operators in October. She had been working as an operator for 60 days, Turpin said.

Her work record shows she also overslept on another occasion and was late for work.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...,2232372.story

I am not sure if the CTA unions are anything like the Carmen Union in Boston MBTA, where it is impossible to fire someone unless a passenger dies. If that's the case, then this sleepy operator will be back on the job as soon as she's out of the hospital, since only injuries were reported.
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Old March 26th, 2014, 09:48 PM   #693
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She had different shifts (even day after day, so no good rest is really possible), as she was taking them over from other employees. Stupidity or...?
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These are the remains of the CTA Blue Line train that derailed at O'Hare Airport, seen from Chopper 7 HD. pic.twitter.com/MBeKy9dMXi

Source: ABC 7 Chicago twitter account



source: NTSB twitter account (https://twitter.com/NTSB/status/448631980502945792)
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Old April 4th, 2014, 03:01 AM   #695
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Today is a very big day for the future of Chicago transit as today is the day that CNT (Center for Neighborhood Technology) and ATA (Active Transit Alliance) launch Transit Future



No solid funding mechanism yet but with enough public support that might change fast!
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Old April 7th, 2014, 08:00 AM   #696
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I'm all for improving transit in the city and metro but some of these ideas are ill thought out regarding the long term.

The extensions of the Blue Line to both Schaumburg and Oak Brook and Yellow Line to Old Orchard are among of the worst. These are rides that will be well over an hour from those locations to the city with over +25 stops until you get to downtown alone. It would be one thing if there wasn't good alternatives near those suburbs but we do have Metra. They are simply redundant. Not to mention the expense of running lines out nearly double what they are now and keeping reasonable headways. All to serve areas that are firmly established auto-centric office and residential complexs. There are just a number of reasons why its a bad idea.

And then the Midway to O'Hare transit? I'm not sure what type of line they are thinking about for that but I don't see that as really needed. Would it be nice for a very small group of people who would transfer planes from Midway to O'Hare? Sure. But the number would be very few to build such an extensive expensive line. It would be a MUCH greater priority to improve express transit times to the airports from downtown.
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Old April 7th, 2014, 12:32 PM   #697
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How long does it take to get from Addison (red line) into the Loop? About 20 minutes? I'll be staying in that area later in the year. Might have to check out a game of baseball at Wrigley Field too, even though I have no idea how the sport works.
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Old April 7th, 2014, 11:19 PM   #698
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http://www.transitchicago.com/assets...edules/red.pdf

http://goroo.com/goroo/showTripPlanResults.htm


From the Monroe Red Line station (heart of the Loop) to the Addison Red Line station is 20 minutes.

I would check out a baseball game there. Also plan in having drinks before/after and maybe some lunch/dinner near one of the many establishments around the park depending on the time of the game.
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Old April 8th, 2014, 06:28 PM   #699
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Your New Blue project has its 2nd weekend - this set of photos from Flickr shows track replacement on Milwaukee Elevated Line:

































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The O'Hare Station on the Blue Line was fixed up pretty quickly. They replaced the damaged escalator with a staircase.







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