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10/19/12 11:21a

Upcoming Alert for 10/19/12 @ 10:00p until 10/22/12 @ 4:00a

***Red Line North Station Interim Improvement Project Alert***

Rail Line(s) Affected: Red

Service Interruption Severity: 95th-bound trains will not stop at Granville, Thorndale, Bryn Mawr, Argyle or Lawrence stations.

For service from these stations, take a Howard-bound train to Loyola and transfer to a 95th-bound train.

For service to these stations, take a 95th-bound train to Wilson and transfer to a Howard-bound train.

Note: Lawrence station will close temporarily for six weeks starting on 10/19/12 @ 11:59p

Wilson and Sheridan station:

-At Wilson station, board/exit 95th-bound trains on the west auxilliary platform

-At Sheridan station, 95th-bound trains will stop at their normal platform, but board/exit trains on the outer tracks instead of the inner tracks.

This is due to station construction, track renewal and viaduct construction that is part of the Red Line North Station Interim Improvement Project.

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10/19/12 2:12p

Upcoming Alert for 10/19/12 @ 10:00p until 10/22/12 @ 4:00a

***Station Project Alert***

Rail Line(s) Affected: Blue

Service Interruption Severity: Board/Exit all trains at the Damen and Western stations on the Forest Park-bound platform. All trains will run on a single track between Division and California, resulting in Minor Delays.

This is due to station maintenance to improve Damen station as part of the station renewal program.

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10/23/12 8:49p

Upcoming Alert for 11/1/12 @ 10:00p until 12/13/12 @ 10:00p

***Red Line North Station Interim Improvement Project Alert***

Rail Line(s) Affected: Red

Service Interruption Severity: Jarvis station will temporarily close for six weeks. Rail service is available at the Howard and Morse stations, located within a few blocks of the Jarvis station.

Alternate Service: Red Line riders can also use the #22 Clark, #147 Outer Drive Express and #151 Sheridan(Sunday/Holiday evenings only) buses as an alternate.

This is due to station construction, track renewal and viaduct construction that is part of the Red Line North Station Interim Improvement Project.

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10/24/12 8:15a

Rail Line(s) Affected: Blue

Service Interruption Severity: Major Delays due to earlier Fire Dept. activity at Belmont. Service is resuming at this time...

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10/24/12 8:51p

Upcoming Alert for 10/26/12 @ 10:00p until 10/29/12 @ 4:00a

***Red Line North Station Interim Improvement Project Alert***

Rail Line(s) Affected: Red

Service Interruption Severity: Howard-bound trains will not stop at Wilson, Argyle, Bryn Mawr, Thorndale or Granville stations.

-For service to these stations, take a Howard-bound train to Loyola and transfer to a 95th-bound train.

-For service from these stations, take a 95th-bound train to Sheridan and transfer to a Howard-bound train

*Sheridan station note* At Sheridan station, Howard-bound trains will stop at their normal platform, but board/exit trains on the outer tracks instead of the inner tracks.

This is due to station construction, track renewal and viaduct construction that is part of the Red Line North Station Interim Improvement Project.

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10/24/12 8:59p

Upcoming Alert for 10/26 @ 10p, 10/27, 10/28 and early morning 10/29/12

***Loop-Renewal Rail Alerts***

Rail Line(s) Affected: Brown, Orange, Pink

Service Interruption Severity: Planned Reroute for Loop-Renewal Project

Brown and Orange Lines:

Trains will operate as one route, between Kimball and Midway running in both directions via the Lake and Wabash sides of the Loop Elevated. Transfers to/from the Blue Line Subway may be made at Clark/Lake and to/from the Red Line Subway at State/Lake* or Roosevelt.

Pink Line:

Trains will begin/end their trips at Roosevelt station, running in both directions via the Lake and Wabash sides of the Loop Elevated. Transfers to/from the Blue Line Subway may be made at Clark/Lake and to/from the Red Line Subway at State/Lake* or Roosevelt.

Green Line Trains are not affected and will operate normally in both directions via Lake and Wabash.

*= Farecard required for transfer at these stations

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10/24/12 9:05p

Upcoming Alert for 11/2 @ 10p, 11/3, 11/4 and early morning 11/5/12

***Loop-Renewal Rail Alerts***

Rail Line(s) Affected: Brown, Orange, Pink

Service Interruption Severity: Planned Reroute for Loop-Renewal Project

Brown and Orange Lines:

Trains will operate as one route, between Kimball and Midway running in both directions via the Lake and Wabash sides of the Loop Elevated. Transfers to/from the Blue Line Subway may be made at Clark/Lake and to/from the Red Line Subway at State/Lake* or Roosevelt.

Pink Line:

Trains will begin/end their trips at Roosevelt station, running in both directions via the Lake and Wabash sides of the Loop Elevated. Transfers to/from the Blue Line Subway may be made at Clark/Lake and to/from the Red Line Subway at State/Lake* or Roosevelt.

Green Line Trains are not affected and will operate normally in both directions via Lake and Wabash.

*= Farecard required for transfer at these stations

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10/27/12 10:37a

Upcoming Alert for 10/26/12 @ 10:00p until 10/29/12 @ 4:00a

***Station Project Alert***

Rail Line(s) Affected: Blue

Service Interruption Severity: Board/Exit all trains at the Addison and Belmont stations on the O-Hare-bound platform. All trains will run on a single track between Irving Park and Logan Square, resulting in Minor Delays.

This is due to station maintenance to improve Addison station as part of the station renewal program.

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10/27/12 10:42a

Upcoming Alert for 10/28/12 from 7:00a until 3:30p

***Station Project Alert***

Rail Line(s) Affected: Brown

Service Interruption Severity: Loop-bound trains will not stop at the Wellington or Diversey stations.

-For service to Wellington or Diversey, take a Loop-bound train to Fullerton and transfer to a Kimball-bound train.

-For service from Wellington or Diversey, take a Kimball-bound train to Belmont and transfer to a Loop-bound train.

This is due to platform maintenance at the Diversey station.

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10/31/12 2:24p

Upcoming Alert for 11/1/12 until 11/9/12 from 10:30a until 2:30p

***Station Project Alert***

Rail Line(s) Affected: Brown

Service Interruption Severity: Loop-bound trains will not stop at the Wellington or Diversey stations.

-For service to Wellington or Diversey, take a Loop-bound train to Fullerton and transfer to a Kimball-bound train.

-For service from Wellington or Diversey, take a Kimball-bound train to Belmont and transfer to a Loop-bound train.

This is due to platform maintenance at the Diversey station.

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11/1/12 3:32p

Upcoming Alert for 11/2/12 @ 10:00p until 11/5/12 @ 4:00a

***Station Project Alert***

Rail Line(s) Affected: Blue

Service Interruption Severity: Board/Exit all trains on the O-Hare-bound platform at the LaSalle, Clinton and UIC-Halsted stations. Trains in both directions will operate on a single track between Jackson and Racine, resulting in Minor Delays.

This is due to station maintenance to improve UIC-Halsted station as part of the station renewal program.

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11/1/12 9:50p

***Loop Renewal Rail Alert Annoucement***

In early March and April 2013, for two nine-day periods the CTA Brown and Purple lines will have service affected due to the Wells St. Bridge replacement. At that time, Tower 18 located at Lake and Wells St. will be rebuilt. On weekdays, the Brown Line will alternate between terminating at Merchandise Mart or running through the State St. Subway(Red). Shuttle buses will also be available from Merchandise Mart. Info will be posted here when work is scheduled as well as how the Brown and Purple Lines will operate during those two nine-day periods...

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11/2/12 9:49a

Upcoming Alert for 11/2/12 @ 10:00p until 11/5/12 @ 4:00a

***Red Line North Station Interim Improvement Project Alert***

Rail Line(s) Affected: Red

Service Interruption Severity: 95th-bound trains will not stop at Morse or Loyola stations.

For service to these stations, take a 95th-bound train to Granville and transfer to a Howard-bound train.

For service from these stations, take a Howard-bound train to Howard and transfer to a 95th-bound train.

This is due to station construction, track renewal and viaduct construction that is part of the Red Line North Station Interim Improvement Project.

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11/2/12 9:54a

***Red Line South Track Renewal Project Announcement***

In Spring 2013, the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line will shut down south of the State St. Subway for a five month period. During that time, the Red Line will be rerouted south of Roosevelt via the nearby elevated structure that Green Line trains use between the Loop and Ashland/63rd. Alternate service will be available as follows...

-Free Shuttle Buses with 24-hr. service from 69th, 79th, 87th and 95th/Dan Ryan stations on the Red Line.

-Free rail entry for Shuttle Bus riders at Garfield on the Green Line.

-50 cent discounted bus rides on many South Side bus routes.

-24-hr. Red Line service as far south as 63rd St. via Green Line tracks between Roosevelt and Ashland/63rd

-Expanded bus service on existing routes.

Info will be posted here when work is scheduled to begin in Spring, 2013 for this project...

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11/4/12 3:50p

Rail Line(s) Affected: Red

Service Interruption Severity: Service Disruption due to equipment problems between Howard and Wilson. Rail service is only operating between Wilson and 95th at this time.

Alternate Service: Shuttle Buses are available to provide connecting service through the affected area(s).

Service Interruption Update: Service is suspended due to a derailment of a Red Line train near the Granville station.

Service Interruption Update(4:20p): Rail service is only operating between Bryn Mawr and 95th at this time. Service is suspended between Howard and Bryn Mawr. A shuttle train is now available to provide connecting service through the affected area(s) as well as the shuttle buses already in place.

Service Interruption Update(4:43p): Rail service is only operating between Granville and 95th at this time. Service is suspended between Howard and Granville. A shuttle train remains in service to provide connecting service through the affected area(s) as well as the shuttle buses already in place.

Service Interruption Update(6:18p): Rail service remains suspended between Howard and Granville, with the shuttle train and shuttle buses to provide connecting service through the affected area(s). No timetable is to when Red Line service will fully resume north of Graville. Video feed from ABC 7 Chicago shows 2537-2538 and 2803-2804 mostly, so one of these pairs is most likely part of that third car that derailed.

Service Interruption Update(6:39p): CTA has announced they hope to have Red Line service restored within six hours from now, which means by 12:40a-1a at the latest service should be restored, if not sooner...

Service Interruption Update(9:09p): Red Line service has resumed with minor delays, approx. 5 hours after the derailment occured, but 95th-bound trains are not stopping at Morse, Loyola, Granville, Thorndale, and Bryn Mawr due to emergency repairs(new alert will be posted...)

I speculate there is damage to the tracks up there, or the CTA has finally realized that the same issue that occured on October 1st happened again and are repairing/replacing the defective stretch of rail that is causing it.

Story(ABC 7 Chicago)

Image from Fox News and @raclae via twitter Story(Fox News)

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11/4/12 3:57p

Rail Line(s) Affected: Purple

Service Interruption Severity: Service Disruption between Howard and South Blvd. due to equipment problems. Trains are only operating between South Blvd. and Linden at this time.

Alternate Service: Shuttle buses are available to provide connecting service through the affected area(s).

Service Interruption Update: Service is suspended due to a derailment of a Red Line train near the Granville station.

Service Interruption Update(4:46p) Service is resuming with Minor residual delays possible.

Story(Sun Times)

This story says initially a six-car train, then a eight-car, so it's either a Red or Purple Line train that derailed.

Update: Now story confirms throughout it was an eight-car train, so it is a Red Line train that derailed.

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Didn't this just happen a month ago????

10/1/12 1:15p

Rail Line(s) Affected: Red

Service Interruption Severity: Service Disruption w/ Major Delays due to a derailment in the area of Granville.

Same exact area, perhaps the exact area..

From the Tribune story, sure sounds the same (although it says "Lukidis said she does not know yet if today's incident was related to an Oct. 1 switching problem in the same area.") Article also says that Yellow Line is down and Purple Line won't go south of Howard, the first of which also sounds familiar. One of the pictures in the image gallery also looks familiar.

But we were assured that last time that there was nothing wrong there.:o

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Article also says that Yellow Line is down

I don't understand the shutdown of the Yellow Line. It doesn't go anywhere near Granville. It just goes from Howard to Skokie and back. That sounds like a major inconvience for Yellow Line riders there.

But we were assured that last time that there was nothing wrong there.:o

Well, since the CTA is keeping Red Line service suspended from Howard to Granville for six hours since the incident, then my guess is they found out it was the same issue that caused the October 1st derailment and are repairing/replacing that stretch of track, or today's derailment damaged some running or third rail near Granville. I doubt this six hour delay is because of the two railcars involved in the derailment. My guess is those cars (2537-2538 or 2803-2804) have been taken to Howard Yard and put out of service for damage inspection before they see service again on the Red Line.

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11/4/12 9:13p

Rail Line(s) Affected: Red

Service Interruption Severity: Minor Delays as 95th-bound trains are not stopping at Morse, Loyola, Granville, Thorndale and Bryn Mawr due to emergency repairs.

-For service to these stations, take a 95th-bound train to Argyle and transfer to a Howard-bound train.

-For service from these stations, take a Howard-bound train to Howard and transfer to a 95th-bound train.

There is no timetable as to how long these repairs will take, so allow extra travel time until further notice...

Service Interruption Update(7:11a): Rail service has resumed to normal status at some point overnight. 95th-Bound trains are now stopping at all earlier skipped stops.

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I don't understand the shutdown of the Yellow Line. It doesn't go anywhere near Granville. It just goes from Howard to Skokie and back. That sounds like a major inconvience for Yellow Line riders there.

As I surmised earlier, I think it has to do with the new signal control system at Howard. But others said that I didn't know what I was talking about. Obviously, though, a derailment by itself, at Granville shouldn't close down the other lines at Howard, unless something else is going on. Now will anybody tell us?:o

Update: The later version of the Tribune article said "Service on the Purple and Yellow lines was back to normal as of about 5 p.m."

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One thing that puzzles me about this Granville area derailment is the Purple Line was affected during this one... yet a similar one took place about a month ago and the Purple Line never was delayed, and car 2711 was right almost in the Purple Line right of way on the outermost tracks.

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I don't understand the shutdown of the Yellow Line. It doesn't go anywhere near Granville. It just goes from Howard to Skokie and back. That sounds like a major inconvience for Yellow Line riders there.

The power feeder section limits over there go from Thorndale to just south of South Boulevard, which includes Howard station, so that is why Yellow and Purple Line trains were affected

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The power feeder section limits over there go from Thorndale to just south of South Boulevard, which includes Howard station, so that is why Yellow and Purple Line trains were affected

I did notice Busjack saying something about the Yellow Line shutdown during the October 1st derailment(I never saw it on the CTA Alerts page), and the Purple Line was never disrupted as it ran it's normal route during that derailment uninterrupted. I'm just surprised about the differences in service interrupting from the identical October 1st derailment vs. the November 4th one.

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I boarded a northbound Red Line train yesterday [11/4/2012] around 6:15pm at the 35th street station. I don't recall any warning at that station or in transit until we reached Addison or Sheridan. If I had known I could have exited the train in the Loop and taken a #147 to Howard. Why was info so lacking in this case?

Gene King

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I boarded a northbound Red Line train yesterday [11/4/2012] around 6:15pm at the 35th street station. I don't recall any warning at that station or in transit until we reached Addison or Sheridan. If I had known I could have exited the train in the Loop and taken a #147 to Howard. Why was info so lacking in this case?

Gene King

It was the same at Howard around 9:00 p.m. last night. There were at least 15 people waiting 10 to 15 minutes on the platform before other passengers told them to go downstairs and catch shuttle buses.

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