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Artistic rendering of the track-level view of an elevated bypass project along the Red, Brown and Purple Lines north of the Belmont station in Lakeview. (Credit: CTA)

Tunney Wary Of Project For Lakeview “L” Overpass

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said he’s not yet ready to embrace the CTA’s plans to build elevated bypass tracks that would eliminate a traffic bottleneck for three of its rail lines – the Red, Brown, and Purple – and speed up rush hour trains on the North Side.

04/17/2014

Artistic rendering of an elevated bypass project along the Brown, Red and Purple Lines in Lakeview. (Credit: CTA)

CTA Bypass Project Would Eliminate Bottleneck For Red, Brown, Purple Lines

The CTA would have to acquire and tear down 16 buildings in the Lakeview neighborhood to make way for a $320 million rail bypass that would eliminate a longstanding bottleneck along the Red, Brown, and Purple lines.

04/17/2014

Red Line Train

First Phase Of Red/Purple Line Rebuild May Start In 2017

Starting as early as 2017, the CTA plans to rebuild four stations and replace track and elevated structures on the north part of the Red Line.

04/16/2014

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Purple Line Service Halted After Train Derails Leaving Howard Station

A CTA Purple Line train derailed Friday evening in the North Side Rogers Park neighborhood, halting service in both directions.

02/07/2014

A CTA train. (CBS)

CTA Trains Delayed By Extreme Cold

CTA Purple Line service is resuming after Monday’s frigid weather shut it down for about an hour and caused delays on multiple other train lines during the morning commute.

01/06/2014

The double decker Wells Street Bridge reopened to CTA trains on May 6, 2013, after work was completed to replace the north span. The south span was replaced earlier in the year. The street level of the bridge remains closed for further work until November. (Credit: CBS)

Wells Street Bridge Work Complete, CTA Service Back To Normal

Service on CTA Brown and Purple line trains returned to normal Monday morning after work crews rebuilding the Wells Street Bridge finished a major phase of construction.

05/06/2013

Photo Of CTA Purple Line South Blvd. Station. (CTA Photo)

CTA Purple Line Upgrades On Tap

CTA’s Purple Line has seemingly become one big slow zone. It’s about to become a construction zone,

04/26/2013

The old and new portions of the Wells Street bridge. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM Newsradio)

Commuter Alert: Major CTA Changes For Wells Street Bridge Work

A big commuter headache returns tonight, with the closure of the Wells Street bridge.

04/26/2013

Brown Line, Wells Street Bridge

Wells Street Bridge Reconstruction To Disrupt CTA Service

The second phase of reconstruction of the Wells Street Bridge begins Friday night.

04/24/2013

A pair of CTA trains crosses the Wells Street Bridge on March 11, 2013, after the bridge reopened to trains, following replacement of the span's southern half. (Credit: CBS)

Wells Street Bridge Reopens To CTA Brown & Purple Line Trains

The rumble of CTA L cars over the Wells Street Bridge is due to resume Monday in time for Purple and Brown Line riders to return to normal rush-hour schedules.

CBS Chicago–03/11/2013

Brown Line, Wells Street Bridge

Bridge Work To Make Commute A Headache For Brown, Purple Line Riders

This morning’s commute might be a big hassle for thousands who depend on the CTA’s Brown and Purple lines.

CBS Chicago–03/04/2013

Brown Line, Wells Street Bridge

CTA Train Routes Closed For Bridge Construction

It’s a big hassle for thousands of CTA riders and it’s all to replace a major Chicago bridge.

03/02/2013

The interior of the new CTA railcars. (Credit: CTA)

CTA’s Loop Problems May Not Be Entirely Fixed Until Saturday

Problems with switches at one of the busiest rail junctions on the CTA’s rapid transit system made a mess out of the homebound commute Friday evening and could mean delays until at least Saturday afternoon on lines that use the Loop L tracks.

12/07/2012

Passing the Merchandise Mart, a CTA 'L' train moves on the Wells Street double-decked, double-leaf trunnion bascule bridge over the Chicago River March 29, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. The Wells Street bridge, built in 1922, facilitates vehicular and pedestrian traffic as well. The Chicago River may have seen its first bridge in 1832 at Kinzie Street, a small bridge of wood for foot-traffic only. Two years later the first bridge to accommodate vehicles, a drawbridge, was built at Dearborn Street. The City of Chicago currently maintains 52 bridges, of which 37 are movable, spanning various parts of the Chicago River from the downtown area through the North and South branches, not including numerous railroad bridges. With all its tributaries from its furthest north to furthest south points, the Chicago River runs for 156 miles. Some of the current movable bridge types in the city range from the double and single-leaf trunnion bascule bridge, or "Chicago-type" bascule and the Strauss heel-type trunnion bascule railroad bridge to the city's last double-leaf Scherzer rolling lift bridge at Cermak Road. The first trunnion bascule bridge in Chicago, and the United States, was completed in 1902 and can still be seen and driven over at Cortland Street on the city's near-north side. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Wells Street Bridge Restoration To Close Road For A Year

With a poor rating from the National Bridge Inventory database last year, it’s time for a major revamp of the historic Wells Street Bridge.

07/22/2012

The Greenleaf Street viaduct on the CTA Purple Line will be replaced with a new steel bridge on the weekend of June 8, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Viaduct Replacement To Close Part Of Purple Line This Weekend

Major repair work on CTA bridges is going to halt service on a stretch of the Purple Line in Evanston over the weekend.

CBS Chicago–06/07/2012

Roy's Furniture Demolition

Remains Of Lincoln Park Furniture Store Come Down After Extra-Alarm Fire

Demolition crews are clearing away what is left of Roy’s Furniture Company in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, which was reduced to rubble by an extra-alarm fire Tuesday afternoon.

CBS Chicago–05/30/2012

Chicago firefighters respond to an extra-alarm fire at Roy's Furniture at 2455 N. Sheffield Av. on May 29, 2012. (Photo courtesy: Tebitha Kulikowska)

Extra-Alarm Fire Burns At Furniture Store, Delays CTA Trains

CTA trains on the Red, Brown, and Purple Lines were shut down in the Lincoln Park neighborhood for nearly three hours Tuesday afternoon, after an extra-alarm fire broke out at a furniture store next to the ‘L’ tracks.

05/29/2012

Photo Of CTA Purple Line South Blvd. Station. (CTA Photo)

Man Dies After Peeing On ‘L’ Tracks In Evanston

An Indiana man died overnight, after coming into contact with the electrified third rail as he urinated on the Purple Line ‘L’ tracks in Evanston.

CBS Chicago–04/23/2012

Red Line Train

Red Line Train Fatally Strikes Man On North Side

A CTA train fatally struck a man Monday afternoon on the North Side.

03/26/2012

CTA Train (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Red, Brown And Purple Line Trains Delayed Due To Track Walker

At the height of the morning rush Thursday, someone saw fit to walk around on the busy Red-Brown-Purple Line ‘L’ tracks near Fullerton Avenue and slow down the commute for everybody.

CBS Chicago–02/02/2012

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