CTA and rider accounts, Monday morning’s commute in subzero
temperatures went smoothly—save for a few door-related rail issues.
The CTA reported delays
Monday morning on the Green, Purple and Brown lines because of door
problems. Door issues tend to occur on the older rail cars as opposed to
the new 5000-series cars with aisle-facing seats
that appear on the Red, Green and Pink lines, CTA spokeswoman Tammy
Door areas are routinely
cleaned and serviced as part of regular CTA maintenance, Chase said. But
in extreme conditions, doors can be affected by sand, snow or ice
building up in the door pocket or where the door meets
the floor, which can impede a door’s ability to open or close, Chase
To minimize delays, a train
operator may manually lock the problematic door for the rest of a run so
it can be serviced once the train is back in the yard, Chase said.
This month, the Red Line has
seen the most door-related delays, followed by the Blue Line, according
to information posted on the CTA’s Twitter feed. Those are the only two
lines that run 24 hours a day.
On the Blue Line, the CTA
retired the last of the line’s 2200-series cars with accordion doors in
August. The cars first went into service in 1969. Riders complained that
the narrow doors were difficult to navigate
for travelers heading to and from O’Hare with luggage and for riders
On the Red Line, the CTA has
been replacing older cars with the new cars featuring the aisle-facing
seats. The agency estimates the Red, Yellow and Purple lines will have
only these cars by mid-2015.
In the meantime, the CTA is
in the process of choosing the winning bid to create its 7000-series
rail cars. It is too early to say which line would get those cars, Chase
said. The earliest the CTA would take delivery
of 7000-series would be 2017, Chase said.
Where there’s a Wilson ...
The CTA last week released a
draft assessment of the environmental effect of its planned $203 million
overhaul of the Wilson Red Line station, which would become a transfer
point for the Purple Line and accessible
for riders with disabilities. The agency is holding a public hearing to
solicit feedback about the project at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 at Uplift Community
High School, 900 W. Wilson Ave.
A weekly dispatch from a CTA station of note
This week: Garfield Green Line
It’s been three months since
the Garfield Green Line stop was the star of the show thanks to the Red
Line South overhaul project that closed nine southern Red Line stops for
five months. The Washington Park station
was the drop-off point for buses that shuttled riders from the shuttered
stations, and it served as an access point for free CTA rides. The
stop’s average weekday ridership jumped from 1,407 riders in August 2012
to 15,716 riders in August 2013, the most recent
ridership data available. Now the turnstiles are back, while the nearby
bus staging area sits empty and fenced off. The CTA said it plans to
convert the bus space to additional parking later this year.
Next up: Ridgeland Green Line