Purple Line

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

CTA turnstiles

CTA Red Line To Get A Major Makeover

Customers on the CTA’s busiest rail line will soon have to put up with major construction, but the payoff will be a much faster and smoother ride.

11/03/2011

Passengers wait for a CTA L train. (Credit: Karen Rariden/CBS 2)

Power Problems Slow North Side ‘L’ Lines During Morning Rush

Power problems at two of the CTA’s busiest ‘L’ stops brought delays to three lines at the height of the morning rush Tuesday.

CBS Chicago–09/27/2011

CTA 'L' Train (File Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

CTA Rider: Reroute Loop Trains To Reduce Delays

If you’re tried of sitting in delays on the Loop ‘L,’ a fellow rider has a plan to speed things up.

WBBM Newsradio–09/05/2011

Purple Line Fire

Snapped Power Line Sparks Fire, Stops CTA Purple Line

The storms Thursday night brought a power line down onto the Purple Line ‘L’ tracks in Evanston, sparking a blazing electrical fire and shutting down the line for about 2 1/2 hours.

CBS Chicago–07/01/2011

An elevated Chicago Transit Authority train (credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Best Date Spots Off The “L”

The Chicago ‘L’ is the nation’s most romantic transit system. I must get stuck on the wrong train cars. Anyways, I’ve compiled a list of the best date spots near each of the five top mobile love shacks in Chicago. To your love!

06/13/2011

(Credit: CBS)

Derailment Snags 3 ‘L’ Lines Near Belmont Avenue

A minor derailment caused major delays on the Red, Brown and Purple ‘L’ lines Tuesday morning.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2011

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

Teens Caught After Evanston ‘L’ Train Robbery

Police on Thursday apprehended two teenage boys who are charged with robbing a 58-year-old man on a CTA Purple Line ‘L’ train.

CBS Chicago–04/01/2011

Red Line Train

Red, Purple Line ‘L’ Plans Remain A Hot Topic

Two months after the CTA proposed closing five stops or even digging a new subway for the Red and Purple line ‘L’ system, improvements to the busy transit lines remains a hot topic.

CBS Chicago–03/25/2011

CTA Meeting

CTA Considering Comments On Red, Purple Line Plan

Now that the CTA has comments from many of the more than 500 people who attended hearings last week on renovation of the Purple and Red Lines, what’s next?

CBS Chicago–01/31/2011

CTA Train (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CTA Riders Voice Their Opinions

Evanston CTA riders turned out for the last of four nights of meetings on proposals to renovate the Purple Line and the northern end of the Red Line.

WBBM Newsradio–01/27/2011

CTA turnstiles

Faster Trains Worth The Walk?

The last of four nights of public meetings on reconstruction of the CTA Purple Line, and the northern end of the Red Line, takes place tonight.

WBBM Newsradio–01/27/2011

CTA Meeting

Rogers Park Riders Angry Over CTA Red Line Plans

Many riders in voiced outrage Wednesday night over a possible plan by the CTA to eliminate five stops, or maybe even bury much of the Red Line ‘L’ as a subway.

CBS Chicago–01/27/2011

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

Some Intrigued By Possible Red, Purple Line Changes

While neighbors and an alderman are outraged over possible plans to close several CTA ‘L’ stops on the Red and Purple lines, there were few angry words Tuesday at a public hearing.

CBS Chicago–01/26/2011

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