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Old March 16th, 2015, 10:09 PM   #861
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Old March 19th, 2015, 12:43 AM   #862
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Does the CTA have a Track Geometry Car? I don't think so.

Why doesn't the CTA have a car like this? Our rails are horrible compared with the NYC subway system. I can't imagine how much wear and tear the CTA El cars experience running over our crappy rails. Many of the wheels on the CTA rail cars have flat spots (bald spots?) which damages the rails even further. Its a vicious cycle.
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Old March 23rd, 2015, 12:35 AM   #863
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^ yes, they do track geometry testing with the special cars.

What makes you think the CTA rails are so much worse than the MTA? I ride the CTA every day and the MTA many times a year. I've never noticed a difference. I can tell a difference in the cars. The MTA cars are wider and tend to be a little more stable because of that. The new CTA cars are much better in that regard than the previous cars.
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Old March 23rd, 2015, 12:59 AM   #864
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Does the CTA have a Track Geometry Car? I don't think so.

Why doesn't the CTA have a car like this? Our rails are horrible compared with the NYC subway system. I can't imagine how much wear and tear the CTA El cars experience running over our crappy rails. Many of the wheels on the CTA rail cars have flat spots (bald spots?) which damages the rails even further. Its a vicious cycle.
Your system is mainly above ground , while the MTA mainly has an underground system...making it harder to see things...
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Old April 6th, 2015, 09:01 PM   #865
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CTA Begins Next Phase of Major Upgrade of Brown, Purple Line Work
4/3/2015



Construction will require occasional weekend-only reroutes of Brown Line trains to the Red Line subway; free bus shuttles to be provided at affected stations

The CTA this month will begin the next phase of a major project to rehabilitate the Ravenswood Connector, the elevated rail structure that carries Brown and Purple Line Express trains between Armitage and the Merchandise Mart.

The Ravenswood Connector Rehabilitation Project is eliminating slow zones and creating a smoother, more reliable ride for customers for the more than 40,000 customers who ride Purple and Brown Line trains to and from the Loop each weekday

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Old April 8th, 2015, 06:03 AM   #866
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Proposed express bus service for northwest side of Chicago/near-northwest suburbs:



Buses will have priority at traffic signals.

Scheduled to begin service in 2017.

More info here: http://pulse.pacebus.com/
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Old April 8th, 2015, 06:26 AM   #867
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Your system is mainly above ground , while the MTA mainly has an underground system...making it harder to see things...
I would say its more 50/50 with MTA. Plenty of surface stations outside Manhattan.
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Old April 8th, 2015, 07:03 PM   #868
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I would say its more 50/50 with MTA. Plenty of surface stations outside Manhattan.
I live in Chicago and the tracks are so bad we get tossed around in the cars. There are significant portions of track that are slow zones with speed restrictions of 15 or 30mph. Currently, the Purple Line between Howard and Belmont is the worst.

Whenever I ride the NYC subway, I haven't experienced any slow zones that I can recall. The trains might be noisy in the tunnels, but they run fast, unlike the Chicago CTA.
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Old April 9th, 2015, 02:46 AM   #869
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I live in Chicago and the tracks are so bad we get tossed around in the cars. There are significant portions of track that are slow zones with speed restrictions of 15 or 30mph. Currently, the Purple Line between Howard and Belmont is the worst.

Whenever I ride the NYC subway, I haven't experienced any slow zones that I can recall. The trains might be noisy in the tunnels, but they run fast, unlike the Chicago CTA.
Is the CTA addressing this by replacing the track, or are they lacking the funding to deal with this?
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During the Brown Line reroutings into the Red Line tunnel during select weekends this year, CTA will run shuttle buses as well as trains around the full loop, so you can ride around the loop all day long.



http://www.transitchicago.com/ravenswoodconnector/
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Old April 9th, 2015, 05:09 PM   #871
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They are completely re-building the purple line and many stations in between Howard and Belmont. They are consolidating two stations into one station. Also they are making a transfer station to the red line at Wilson.

http://www.transitchicago.com/assets...et_4_10_14.pdf

http://www.transitchicago.com/rpmproject/
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Old April 9th, 2015, 06:48 PM   #872
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They are completely re-building the purple line
Is that really true? The document you linked to says:

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Future phases of RPM would bring the same level of infrastructure and station improvements to the Red and Purple lines north of Belmont to Linden station in Wilmette. These improvements are contingent upon funding availability. CTA will continue to update the public as future phases are planned.
So rebuilding of the core Howard-Linden stretch of Purple Line could still be far in the future.
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Old April 10th, 2015, 08:34 PM   #873
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Is the CTA addressing this by replacing the track, or are they lacking the funding to deal with this?
Well honestly I've ridden the Subway in NYC countless times and I don't notice any real difference in the condition of the tracks riding every day in Chicago any more than I do in New York. One item is that the CTA trains are thinner than the MTA trains, and I do see there's less back and forth in that sense because the MTA trains are more stable given the "wide stance" and greater length.

As far as slow zones, they always creep up as the tracks are inspected, and the CTA is quite engaged about enacting slow zones to prevent issues. There were a few derailments back 7-9 years ago and that's when they got very involved with making parts of the system slower where they want to work on them. There's funding available and they have been quite active in projects as they arise. It's somewhat of a natural part of the operations.

They give very detailed maps updated every few weeks:

http://www.transitchicago.com/assets...Z_03_25_15.pdf

The MTA in New York tends to get more funding and does a lot of weekend service changes as they work on the tracks. The CTA tends to work on large portions of track at once. They line up the projects.

At the moment 7.8% of the tracks on Chicago's system are slow zones. So there are a lot, but still over 92% of the system is running at normal speed.

15 mph Slow Zone: 3.5% of the system
25 mph Slow Zone: 2.3% of the system
35 mph Slow Zone: 2.0% of the system

The slow zones at the moment are highly concentrated in three areas:

Western branch of the Blue Line: 31% of total slow zones with around 4.2% of the total system boardings.

Evanston branch of the Purple Line: 29% of total slow zones with around 1.4% of the total system boardings.

Brown Line: 13% of the total slow zones with around 8.6% of the total system boardings.

The Purple and Brown line sections are currently being worked on right now through 2015. The O'Hare branch of the Blue Line is also finishing up clearing any slow zones.

The subway portion of the system and the loop elevated portion of the system have virtually no slow zones at the moment. They're the most heavily traveled sections. The loop elevated isn't slow zone at all, and the subway sections are tied to station construction where the trains are slowed.
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2015.05.11 - opening of northbound Ravenswood station platform on Metra UP North Line (North Side, City of Chicago)

the west platform is for northbound trains (Metra trains run on the left on this line)


https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/2015...ondays-commute


http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chi...tation-halfway


http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chi...tation-halfway


http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chi...tation-halfway


http://abc7chicago.com/news/metra-sh...tation/701034/
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Weekend track replacement on Brown Line between Armitage and Merch Mart:

Ravenswood Connector Work Weekend #3 by cta web, on Flickr

Ravenswood Connector Work Weekend #3 by cta web, on Flickr

Ravenswood Connector Work Weekend #3 by cta web, on Flickr

Ravenswood Connector Work Weekend #3 by cta web, on Flickr

Shuttle buses replace passenger rail service:

Ravenswood Connector Work Weekend #3 by cta web, on Flickr
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Thank you for the update woonsocket54! I've passed by Ravenswood Metra Station during my commutes and was wondering how much it has changed since I moved out of Chicago.
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Yellow Line temporarily suspended: http://www.transitchicago.com/travel...?AlertId=28389
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Redevelopment of parking lot across the street from Union Station into a transit center for local buses and BRT.

http://www.chicagoarchitecture.org/2...ransit-center/
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