Management & Operations

Chicago Transit to make Blue Line improvements

Posted on December 5, 2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn announced a comprehensive improvement plan for the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Blue Line O’Hare Branch — an overhaul that will provide faster travel times and updated stations while creating more than 1,300 good-paying jobs.

The $492 million plan, called “Your New Blue,” includes several track and station improvement projects along a 12.5-mile stretch of the Blue Line O’Hare Branch between the Grand and Cumberland stations, as well as upgrades to the signal system between the Jefferson Park and O’Hare stations.

The improvements will provide faster and more comfortable and reliable commutes for the more than 80,000 customers who each weekday use stations along the branch, which had 25 million rides last year. This project is the largest comprehensive investment for this line since the O’Hare branch extension was built from Jefferson Park to O’Hare in 1983.

 “This plan represents a huge investment in CTA riders and visitors traveling to Chicago via O’Hare and many vibrant communities along the North and Northwest Sides. It’s also part of our latest efforts to modernize our transit system for the 21st century," said Mayor Emanuel.

Among the four-year plan’s highlights:

  • Extensive station renovations at several stations.
  • Concrete platform repairs and installation of a new elevator at the Addison station to make it ADA accessible.
  • Repairs at the Irving Park, Montrose, Harlem and Cumberland stations.
  • Track improvements to eliminate slow zones in the Dearborn Subway (Grand to Division) and Milwaukee Subway (Damen to Belmont).
  • Track signal improvements between O’Hare and Jefferson Park, which will improve speed of travel.
  • Traction power upgrades to improve service and reliability.
  • Installation of new water management systems and repairs to ensure dry and clean subway stations.
  • Special track improvements near the O’Hare station and in the Rosemont rail yard to help reduce delays and provide for more efficient operations.
  • Upgrade of wireless infrastructure in the subway tunnels to provide customers and workers with faster and more reliable voice, data and Web service in the subway. Current infrastructure was built in 2005 and is inadequate and outdated.

Ridership on the O’Hare Branch is growing rapidly, with more than 25 million station entries in 2012. Weekday ridership has grown 25% over the past five years and 33% over the past 10 years — outpacing the growth of the rail system as a whole. Annual ridership on the O’Hare branch increased by 6.3 million rides over the past 10 years, the second highest for any branch after Red North Main, which added seven million rides.

Funding for Your New Blue is expected to come from local, state and federal sources. The first projects are expected to get under way in 2014. Project schedules are still being finalized, but the project is expected to begin with track work, following by station renovations, power upgrades and then signal improvements.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

HDR's Schneider Honored by APTA

Michael Schneider was named Outstanding Public Transportation Business Member for 2016.

Calif. agency to launch pilot with Uber, Lyft and taxicab companies

If the program saves money and provides a better level of service than currently provided by the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, it could be extended to other Bay Area suburbs.

APTA: Public transportation users save $9,634 annually

The savings are based on the cost of commuting by public transportation compared to the cost of owning and driving a vehicle, which includes the average national gas price of $2.13 per gallon and the national unreserved monthly parking rate numbers.

Uber partners with Volvo to develop autonomous cars

The base vehicles will be manufactured by Volvo Cars and then purchased from Volvo by Uber. The companies are contributing  a combined $300 million to the project.

Ford unveils plans for driverless car fleet by 2021

The SAE-rated level 4-capable vehicle will not have a steering wheel or gas and brake pedals. It is being specifically designed for commercial mobility services, such as ride sharing and ride hailing, and will be available in high volumes.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close