Speeding up the CTA: An Aggressive Track Improvement Program is Bringing Faster Service to Thousands of Chicago Transit Users

This article describes how Chicago’s Transit Authority plans to reduce slow zones on its rail rapid transit network by more than 68 percent. Not since 1963 have CTA trains been able to travel at 65 miles per hour or more on key sections of the system. The $200 million construction program is seen as merely a short-term fix, and Mayor Daley has said the legislature has not yet provided meaningful long-term funding. The CTA needs about $6.3 billion over the long-term to keep the system in good repair. Nevertheless, the author explains how the CTA is making the most of the $200 million, including eliminating slow zones on the Red and Blue lines. In addition, the Brown Line has reopened a station allowing for eight-car trains to accommodate more passengers.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 40-41, 43
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01103905
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 11 2008 2:28PM