CTA investigating how Blue Line operated with open door

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CHICAGO – The CTA is investigating an incident in which one of its elevated trains operated while a door was open.

A Blue Line train heading to O’Hare had one of it’s doors open while it hits stops along the Kennedy Expressway.
A passenger on the train filmed the incident and posted it online. That passenger, Clint Phillips, tells WGN News he got on at the Jefferson Park stop and says the door remains open for two more stops. A fellow passenger told him the door was open when he got on several stops earlier.

The CTA released a statement that said in part:

“In the 2200 trips CTA provides each day this is extremely rare. Though we're still looking into what happened it is possible that a customer may have tried to force open a door.  Signs are posted over all doors warning that forcing a door open could result in a fine or arrest.”
Regardless of how the door was opened, a CTA spokesperson says there are safety mechanisms that should have kept the train from running and an alert should have gone off to warn the conductor about the problem.

The CTA says it is taking a look at surveillance cameras to see how the door was opened.

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    • Becca

      Leaning against a set of sliding doors won’t make them open up. CTA doesn’t want people leaning against the doors because if they forget they’re at a station that opens on their side, they’ll fall out & down & get hurt & then sue the CTA
      What probably happened was that both the switch that sends a signal to the controller that prevents the train from moving if a door is open & the light above that specific door that shows the motorman that the door is closed was burned out, so until someone notified the motorman that there was an open door, the train kept going. Once notified, the motorman can walk back, close the door & then lock out out of the system until the end of the run & that pair of cars can be removed from the consist & sent to the shop for repairs.

      • Becca

        Oops, I meant the light above the door shows the motorman the door is open & was probably burned out.

  • Ken Macko

    So, instead of pressing the button to communicate to the operator or pulling the emergency stop, this goof feels the need to pull out his phone and shoot video. I guess that is one way to get your mug on the evening news. SMH