Purple Line

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

New CTA Purple Line Express Gets A Test Run

For six weeks, CTA will test a mid-evening Purple Line Express train.

06/01/2015

Red Line Train

CTA To Close 2 North Side Stations For Red/Purple Line Renovations

The CTA’s ambitious $1.7 billion Red and Purple Modernization project will be completed in two phases over four years, starting with the closure of the Lawrence and Berwyn stations for 18 months beginning in 2017.

04/29/2015

Design rendering for the planned reconstruction of the Wilson Red Line station, looking west on Wilson Ave from Broadway showing the new ‘L’ structure, modern main entrance on the left, and platforms overhead. (Credit: CTA)

Delays Ahead For Red, Purple Lines As CTA Wilson Project Enters Next Phase

Nearly two years of delays begin Monday morning for rush hour riders on the CTA’s Red Line and Purple Express trains.

03/09/2015

CTA train. (CBS)

Red Line, Purple Line Express Riders Face A Year Of Longer Morning Commutes

Starting March 9, when the next phase of the CTA’s Wilson Station Reconstruction project begins, the westernmost of four tracks between Wilson and Belmont will be taken out of commission and the Purple Express trains that use it now will instead share a Red Line North track during the morning rush hour.

02/27/2015

CTA riders crowd the platform at Fullerton on Monday morning, when switching problems cascaded into major delays on at least five train lines that use the elevated tracks in the Loop. (Supplied Photo)

Switching Problems Create Major CTA Delays In The Loop

Service on the ‘L’ tracks in the Loop was back to normal Monday afternoon, after a major headache during the morning commute forced the CTA to reroute three train lines, and riders were delayed as long as 90 minutes.

01/26/2015

CTA crews had to clear thick ice from the elevated tracks for the Brown Line and Purple Line near Armitage. The tracks were coated with ice from water used to douse an extra-alarm blaze at a vacant old school building next to the tracks. (Credit: CTA)

Brown, Purple Line Service Back To Normal After Disruption From Lincoln Park Fire

Elevated train service on the CTA’s Brown and Purple lines was suspended for nearly six hours Tuesday morning between the North Side and the Loop as firefighters put out an extra-alarm fire at a 124-year-old shuttered school in Lincoln Park.

11/18/2014

Firefighters battle a fire at a building in Lincoln Park. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

Firefighters Battle Extra-Alarm Blaze At Former School Building

CTA train service has been suspended between the North Side and the Loop as firefighters continue working to extinguish an extra-alarm fire Monday morning at a 124-year-old shuttered school in Lincoln Park.

11/18/2014

Metal brackets and chunks of wood cleared off of Van Buren Street after apparently falling from the L tracks. (Credit; Rory Rice)

Loop Train Service Back To Normal After Derailment Caused Big Delays

CTA is restoring service after a train derailment halted trains in the Loop.

06/17/2014

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

(Credit: (ThinkStock)

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

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