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Old June 20th, 2014, 04:47 AM   #721
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I hear you (e.g., how about lamp shades) although there's something quite charming about them for me How I miss riding fleets with their dozens of incandescent lightbulbs
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Old June 21st, 2014, 04:29 PM   #722
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Delays plague Metra BNSF riders

1 in 5 rush-hour trains late in May, officials say


By Richard Wronski, Tribune reporter

11:23 p.m. CDT, June 20, 2014



As if riders on Metra's BNSF Line didn't already know, they suffered through a dismal month of May, with 1 out of every 5 rush-hour trains running at least five minutes late, officials said Friday.

The BNSF Line to Aurora — Metra's busiest with 67,400 passengers each weekday — was plagued by delays caused by track construction and freight train interference.

Overall, trains on Metra's 11 lines ran on time about 94 percent of the time during rush hours in May, well below the 96.5 percent reported the same month in 2013 and missing Metra's goal of 95 percent.

The BNSF Line was the worst performer, meeting its schedule only about 79 percent of the time during peak periods.

Of a total of 697 train delays systemwide, the tie-replacement project on a 17-mile stretch of BNSF track accounted for 166 delays, said Peter Zwolfer, deputy executive director of operations. And of 177 instances when freight trains hampered commuter service, 61 occurred on the BNSF.

The BNSF Railway, which owns the tracks, also failed to give Metra advance notice about additional track maintenance called for by an unscheduled inspection, the rail line reported. Most of those delays will turn up when June on-time performance is reported next month.

BNSF official Dan Rankin, who attended Friday's Metra board meeting at Zwolfer's request, apologized for what he called a "miss in communication" with Metra and its customers.

Metra Executive Director Don Orseno said the BNSF has "made a huge commitment to Metra to make sure this won't happen again."

The poor on-time numbers cast a shadow on an otherwise celebratory meeting of Metra's board of directors, which marked the commuter railroad's 30th anniversary. The name Metra, short for Metropolitan Rail, was created in 1984 by what was then known as the Commuter Rail Service Board of the Regional Transportation Authority.

Officials remarked that the agency was in sad shape, having inherited antiquated, run-down equipment from the old Rock Island, Chicago & North Western and Illinois Central lines.

"Some of the cars were so worn out that riders could see the tracks through holes in the floor," Orseno said.

Officials cited improvements made over the past three decades, including construction of new bridges and stations and the purchase of new cars and locomotives.

Friday's meeting also marked the end of the terms of two veteran board members, Arlene Mulder, who represented northwest suburban Cook County, and Jack Schaffer of McHenry County.

Fellow board members praised Mulder, the longtime mayor of Arlington Heights who served on the board since 2005, for her concern about Metra's customers.

"You have comported yourself as a model of dignity and integrity," Chairman Martin Oberman said.

Schaffer, a former legislator and state official who has served since 2006, was cited for his outspokenness and humor, as well as for his ability to "hone in on the truth," member Don DeGraff said.

Schaffer uttered a dissenting "Hell no" vote last year when Metra's board, most members of which have been replaced, ousted former CEO Alex Clifford with a controversial six-figure severance package. Schaffer "always tells it like it is and like no one else could," said Kane County representative Manuel Barbosa.

Schaffer's replacement is Marc Munaretto of Algonquin. Munaretto was selected by McHenry County Chairwoman Tina Hill from a dozen applicants. Munaretto served 14 years on the McHenry Board until 2012.

Mulder's replacement has not yet been selected. Suburban members of the Cook County Board are scheduled to meet July 23 to review candidates.

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Old June 22nd, 2014, 04:47 PM   #723
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Despite the fact that the system has a old-looking style, it seems pretty cool to me, that lack of modernness confers the system its own personality. Just compare it with the Madrid one, where all the stations look exactly the same (with some exceptions), I'm curious about why Chicago and New York prefer those trains (for me even the newest versions seems old to me), but they're still cool.
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Old June 22nd, 2014, 06:10 PM   #724
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Chicago and NY use complete different types of trains. The only similarity is that both agencies tend to leave them unpainted so that the colour is that of the underlying metal. That's mainly traditional, but has practical benefits like saving money on paint materials and labour.
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Old June 23rd, 2014, 09:34 PM   #725
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I agree. Dangling light sockets just seems lazy and ugly and while the improvement is good, it still doesn't look classy or attractive.
The lights people are talking about are construction lights that are temporary while they do station renovations.

The current stations under construction are all red line stations, so the scheme will be red, but here's the general lighting in the CTA subway stations that are complete:

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Old June 23rd, 2014, 11:09 PM   #726
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O thank god that looks a million times better!
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Old June 23rd, 2014, 11:51 PM   #727
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The "oldness" and simplicity of New York and Chicago Subways makes them beautiful
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Old June 24th, 2014, 11:51 AM   #728
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The lights people are talking about are construction lights that are temporary while they do station renovations.

The current stations under construction are all red line stations, so the scheme will be red, but here's the general lighting in the CTA subway stations that are complete:

Awesome!
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Old June 24th, 2014, 08:00 PM   #729
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Awesome, but only the platform part, the track area and the walls behind the tracks dont look that good though.
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Old June 24th, 2014, 08:09 PM   #730
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Mayor Emanuel and CTA Unveil New Artwork for Eight Red Line South Stations
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New Public Artwork Final Component To The Historic Red Line South Reconstruction Project; CTA issued a Call for Artists receiving more than 300 submissions from local artists; CTA To Have Over 70 Public Works Of Art Over The Coming Years

Today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) President Forrest Claypool at the DuSable Museum to unveil conceptual renderings of new, original works of art by local artists that will be installed at the eight rail stations between Cermak-Chinatown and 87th Street. The commissioning of new artwork is the final component to the historic $425 million Red Line South Reconstruction project – a community-focused project that has already directly benefitted the lives of thousands through the creation of more than 1,500 new jobs while also improving the accessibility and quality of affordable CTA rail service.

“The community art work that we’re previewing today is a great example of what a 21st century city does – making our mass transit system not just a vehicle for commerce but also for culture,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Chicago is known around the world for the vibrancy of its arts and today we are bringing this creative spirit and community energy to neighborhoods across the city, enabling more residents to enjoy the best of what Chicago has to offer right in their own backyard while also supporting local artists.”

Last January, the CTA awarded contracts to local artists and an artist team to create new, original artwork that complement existing artwork at the Sox-35th, 47th, Garfield, 63rd, 69th, 79th and 87th Street stations. The artwork commissioned for the Cermak-Chinatown station will be the first permanent piece of public art for the location. The artists include:
  • Cermak-Chinatown: Indira F. Johnson (Evanston)
  • Sox-35th: Paula Henderson (Chicago)
  • 47th: Andrew Hall (Chicago)
  • Garfield: Cecil McDonald, Jr. (Chicago)
  • 63rd: Emmanuel Pratt (Chicago) and Olalekan Jeyifous (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 69th: Douglas Fogelson (Chicago)
  • 79th: McArthur Binion (Chicago)
  • 87th: Thomas Lucas (Chicago)
These stations, along with the 95th Street/Dan Ryan Station, were temporarily closed for five months in 2013 to allow crews to completely replace the 10.2-mile stretch of railroad from just north of Cermak-Chinatown to 95th Street. All stations along the branch were upgraded with new lighting, painting, electrical work and other improvements.

“These great artists’ skills and imagination have resulted in impressive artwork that is sure to bring additional color and life to those stations,” said CTA President Forrest Claypool. “These works reflect the uniqueness and diversity of the communities that our stations serve and we are excited that, over the next year, these pieces will be available for our customers to enjoy.”

The CTA issued a Call for Artists in June 2013, and received more than 300 submissions. Contracts were awarded following an evaluation committee’s review of all of the submissions. Criteria included artistic merit, qualifications and professional recognition of the artists.

The artwork for the eight South Red Line stations is paid for with Transit Enhancement Funds from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The total project budget is $590,400 and includes artist fees, fabrication, shipping/delivery, administrative fees and a project contingency fund. Installation of the artwork is scheduled to begin in late 2014.

Currently, the CTA already has more than 50 works of art at 41 stations along its eight rail lines. This collection of public artwork will expand to include 21 new, original works of art in the coming years as part of the recently completed Red North 7 and Red Line South Reconstruction projects and also as part of the upcoming Wilson Station Reconstruction, 95th/Dan Ryan station reconstruction and the Your New Blue projects. The CTA has hired internationally renowned artist Theaster Gates to develop an artwork program for 95th Street, which will be rebuilt and expanded starting in late 2014

Larger renderings available here
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Awesome, but only the platform part, the track area and the walls behind the tracks dont look that good though.
Well, but this is very common in many metros not to have tiling or something similar at the walls behind tracks.

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Old July 25th, 2014, 07:35 PM   #732
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Chicago to restart metro car tender
25 Jul 2014



USA: Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on July 24 that the Chicago Transit Authority would restart its procurement of up to 846 cars later this year. The contract to supply 7000 Series cars could be worth up to $2bn.

In October 2013 CTA issued an invitation to tender for 854 cars, but the two bids from Bombardier and Sumitomo-Nippon Sharyo were rejected in May.

The tender will consider suppliers’ plans to create American jobs and opportunities for disadvantaged American workers
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Old August 4th, 2014, 08:30 PM   #733
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Old August 8th, 2014, 03:36 PM   #734
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Chicago receives upgrade funds
08 Aug 2014



USA: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced $35m in Core Capacity Grant Program funds for the Chicago Transit Authority on August 7.

The funds make up part of the $43·7m required for preliminary designs, engineering and environmental planning for the first phase of the $4·7bn modernisation programme for the Red and Purple metro lines. CTA expects to receive $600m to $700m in additional funding upon completion of federal requirements.

The first phase of the modernisation programme includes track and signalling upgrades, platform widening, making the four stations between Lawrence and Bryn Mawr accessible, and grade separating the junction with the Brown Line north of Belmont.

The northern section of the Red Line and Purple Line together account for about 40% of metro ridership, with growth of 40% in the past five years. According to CTA, the modernisation is expected to increase capacity by 30%.

Other planned work for the Red Line includes a southern extension to 130th Street, which is in the planning phase, and reconstruction of 95th Street and Wilson stations, due to begin later this year.

CTA is the first agency selected for funding through the Federal Transit Administration’s CCGP. Authorised by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act, the CCGP is intended for increasing capacity without expanding the footprint of the system. Eligible projects must expand capacity by at least 10% in existing transport corridors that are already at capacity or expected to be within five years. The FTA’s 2014 budget includes $120m for CCGP.
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Old August 13th, 2014, 05:32 PM   #735
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CTA Provides Update on Proposed Red Line Extension from 95th to 130th Street
8/10/2014

As part of planning process, CTA announces it has narrowed down two desirable options to build transformational South Side project; announces $5 million of funding

The Chicago Transit Authority today announced that as part of its planning process to extend rail service to 130th Street on the far South Side, it has narrowed down to two preliminary options for the proposed Red Line Extension (RLE) Project. The CTA also today announced $5 million of bond funds to move forward on the required federal planning process for the rail line extension.

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CTA Announces Details on Plan to Upgrade Three Blue Line Stations as Part of Your New Blue Modernization Program
8/11/2014

To complete major station improvements, California station will close 9/4 to 10/16; Damen station will close 10/20 to 12/22; CTA to provide expanded bus service on the nearby #56 route

Two of the CTA’s oldest rail stations will receive major renovations and a third will receive upgrades starting in September, as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $492 million Your New Blue modernization program for the O’Hare branch of the Blue Line.

The $33 million station improvement plan for California, Western, and Damen will provide customers a safer, more comfortable transit experience, and are part of the ongoing modernization of CTA train and bus service across the city.

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Old August 15th, 2014, 10:39 AM   #736
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^ I shortened your post as we should not copy whole articles into the site. The way to go is: title, intro/summary, link to the full article. Thanks.
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Old August 15th, 2014, 04:21 PM   #737
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New entrance for Harrison station:


Harrison Rehab by cta web, on Flickr


Redone Harrison Entrance by cta web, on Flickr

And 500th new 5000-series railcar is on service. For me, it feels like I'm in Moscow - maybe, because of seats:


500th 5000-series CTA Railcar by cta web, on Flickr


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500th 5000-series CTA Railcar by cta web, on Flickr


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Progress on upgrading of California station on Blue line:


California Station Improvements (9/17/2014) by cta web, on Flickr


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Old September 25th, 2014, 10:24 PM   #739
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Yesterday, the city broke ground on the new 95th Street Terminal in the Roseland neighborhood that is expected to improve CTA bus and train service and act as a major transit hub for the South Side. The $240 million project will replace the original Skidmore, Owings and Merrill designed 95th Street station that was built in 1969 with a more contemporary looking design that could possibly one day double as a spaceport (kidding). According to the CTA, the station is one of the busiest in the entire system and brings in nearly 20,000 riders on an average weekday.












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What happened to the planned Circle Line or whatever it's called for Chicago L? It sucks that even today our most urban cities can't get the money needed for transit expansion or improvement.
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