Ride the CTA? Here’s what to expect this summer

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This week, WGN’s Sarah Jindra is talking to the region’s top transportation officials about the slowdowns commuters can expect on the roads and rails.  For Friday’s piece, she sits down with CTA President, Dorval Carter, to discuss what CTA commuters can expect.  

Here’s a look at the major projects IDOT is working on:


Wilson Station Rehabilitation Project

-Phase Two began in March and will continue through Fall 2016; however customer impacts have been and will continue to be very minor.  This phase of work requires continued three-track operations in which southbound Red and Purple Line Express trains share a single track between the Wilson station and the junction north of the Belmont station.

-The full project and new station house will be done in 2017.

-More info here: http://www.transitchicago.com/wilson/


95th Street Terminal

-Continuation of the complete reconstruction of the 95th Street Terminal that will expand and greatly improve the 95th/Dan Ryan station, the southern-most station of CTA’s busiest rail line. Work is continuing through 2016 but customer impacts this year are expected to be very minor and not change any scheduled service.

-South Terminal completion expected in 2017, North Terminal completion expected in 2018.

-More info here: http://www.transitchicago.com/95thTerminal/


Green Line West Track Renewal Project

-Rehabilitating track infrastructure between Laramie and Harlem/Lake stations. On seven weekends (which began April 1), Green Line service will operate between Ashland/63rd and Cottage Grove to Laramie instead of continuing to Harlem/Lake. CTA is operating free shuttle buses to serve the impacted stations during the temporary weekend impacts. The project will reach substantial completion by early to mid-June.

-More info on project here: http://www.transitchicago.com/greenwest.


Your New Blue

-Four year program that started in 2014 to improve the track and 13 stations from Grand to O’Hare. Station work at Damen, Western and California is complete.  This summer, riders can expect improvements to the stations at Addison, Irving Park, Montrose, Harlem and Cumberland. All of the work at those stations will be substantially complete by this Fall.  Planned work at Grand, Chicago, Division, Logan Square and Jefferson Park is still to come with start dates pending.

-More info on project here: http://www.transitchicago.com/yournewblue/.


Other projects

-The Ravenswood Connector Loop Signal Project that will replace the 40-year-old signal system to move trains more efficiently and safely. No expected impacts to customers.

-Quincy Station Accessibility Improvements – Accessibility improvements to the historic Quincy Loop ‘L’ station are expected to begin in mid-2016. The project will include the addition of two elevators and more. Little to no expected impacts to customers.

-Red/Purple Modernization Project: Plan to rebuild the North Red/Purple Lines from Belmont to Linden.  http://www.transitchicago.com/rpmproject/

-Extension of the CTA Red Line south to 130th: http://www.transitchicago.com/redeis/

-CTA #11 Lincoln Bus starting pilot service for 6 months on June 20: http://www.transitchicago.com/11pilot/

-CTA #31 31st Bus starting pilot service for 6 months in late September: http://www.transitchicago.com/31pilot/


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