Rail

Chicago Transit launches program to speed 'L' train commutes

Posted on February 6, 2018

The track work will remove slow zones and increase service reliability.
Douglas Rahden
The track work will remove slow zones and increase service reliability.
Douglas Rahden

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) launched a comprehensive program of track repairs and maintenance designed to provide faster commutes and smoother rides for “L” customers — improvements made possible by Mayor Emanuel’s innovative fee on ride-hailing services.

The CTA’s FastTracks program will reduce by up to six minutes off a typical round-trip commute on the Red, Blue, Brown, and Green Lines, the four busiest rail lines, by repairing and upgrading rail, rail ties, and electrical power in multiple locations throughout the system. The $179 million investment is being funded through a small increase in fees charged to app-based ride-hailing companies operating in Chicago. The fee, proposed by the Mayor and approved by City Council in November, is the first of its kind in the country to directly support investment in public transportation.

The $179 million FastTracks program marks the latest step in the Mayor’s unprecedented investment toward modernizing and improving CTA rail and bus service. Since 2011, the CTA has completed, begun, or announced more than $8 billion in modernization projects, ranging from new and completely rebuilt rail stations to new buses and railcars.

“Thanks to this important new source of funding, the CTA can continue to make investments that directly benefit our customers by improving their daily commutes,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter Jr. The ride-hailing fee is especially important, Carter noted, because the State of Illinois has not passed a capital bill to support transportation and transit projects since 2009. “CTA still has a significant need for capital investment. FastTracks is a great start, but state support will be critical to continuing investment that’s critical to both maintaining and modernizing our system.”

The track work will remove slow zones and increase service reliability. The improvements entail a combination of repairing and replacing sections of iron rail; replacing deteriorated wooden rail ties; and adjusting and maintaining track ballast. The electrical power improvements along the Blue Line O’Hare branch will allow CTA to run additional trains during high-ridership times like the morning rush period on weekdays, which will help address crowded trains and reduce the amount of time customers have to wait on platforms.

Work will be completed outside of weekday peak-ridership hours to minimize the impact to customers.

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

More News

Atiyeh joins HNTB’s national rail systems team

Former project manager on I-255 Light Rail Project in Denver brings technical expertise and leadership experience to California.

MTA, union launch 'all-out blitz' after rail conductor assault

Actions being taken by the agency and the union include, posting “wanted” flyers throughout the subway system.

L.A. streetcar project funding plan approved by city council committee

A planned four-mile streetcar system would stop at key downtown Los Angeles stops.

L.A. Metro to launch $350M Blue Line light rail modernization program

Work will include improvements to the signaling, tracks, and the overhead wires that deliver electricity to trains.

Brookville Equipment Corp. marks 100th anniversary

Originally founded as Brookville Truck and Tractor Co. in 1918 when local Ford-dealer installed flanged rail wheels on standard Ford Model-T.

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