Chicagoans to Build CTA Rail Cars in Chicago for Chinese Government
Mar17

Chicagoans to Build CTA Rail Cars in Chicago for Chinese Government

Amid much pomp and circumstance, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Transit Authority, a bevy of politicians, and representatives of CRRC Sifang broke ground yesterday on a new factory in the Hegewisch neighborhood that will be used to produce CTA subway cars. Much of the hot air being blown by Hizzonor and other local pols was about how this is the first time since 1964 that rail cars for Chicago’s transit system are being made in...

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CTA’s New Belmont Station Plan Includes More Dinosaur Ribs
Oct20

CTA’s New Belmont Station Plan Includes More Dinosaur Ribs

The Chicago Transit Authority continues to get improving marks when it comes to public sector architecture. For decades, the bus and train quango’s attention to design was… shall we say… less than inspired.  But that’s changed in recent years, starting with the 35th Street Red Line Station, the Morgan Orange/Pink Line station, then the Cermak Green Line Station, and finally the very ambitious Washington/Wabash...

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Wilson Red Line Station Renovation On Track
Mar28

Wilson Red Line Station Renovation On Track

Work on the CTA Wilson Avenue Red Line station continues, where red and purple line trains are now using the new section of rail on the south-bound side of the platform. Renovation began in 2014 for the Wilson stop, long maligned as one of the least pleasant stations along the CTA elevated train routes. When completed in Fall of 2017, the Wilson station will be completely rebuilt, with wider stairways, new escalators, and improved...

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Status Update: Madison/Wabash CTA Station Work Continues
Sep28

Status Update: Madison/Wabash CTA Station Work Continues

The Madison/Wabash CTA L station closed for good March 16.  Its replacement down the street at Washington/Wabash, however, does not yet resemble an elevated rail depot. Crews long ago finished removing the old structure, built in 1896, leaving just two stations open along Wabash Street in The Loop; one at Randolph Street, and another at Adams Street. While the L trains simply have one fewer stop to make, auto traffic is what really...

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Transformation of CTA Wilson Station Transports Uptown
Sep17

Transformation of CTA Wilson Station Transports Uptown

The CTA Wilson Station has long been a poster child for dirty, smelly, nasty train stops. So in 2014, the Chicago Transit Authority embarked on a $203-million overhaul of the facility, as well as the parallel tracks that carry the Purple Line trains through the Uptown corridor. At present, the Wilson station is not accessible to persons with disabilities. That will change when the new stationhouse adds two elevators for vertical...

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Emanuel To Propose Streamlined Ordinances For Transit Oriented Developments
Jul27

Emanuel To Propose Streamlined Ordinances For Transit Oriented Developments

Chicago is arguably one of the most public transit-friendly cities in the country. Mayor Rahm Emanuel will take action this week to encourage developers to place even more emphasis on transit. Emanuel plans to introduce a transit oriented development (TOD) reform ordinance at the July 29 City Council meeting. The reform would create incentives for more development near CTA and Metra stations. The move could generate significant new...

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Seeing Chicago Reality in Hollywood’s Fiction

There are several iconic films which showcase Chicago’s buildings, streets, and urban life.  The next time you hit Netflix looking for a bit of Windy City flavor, skip Ferris and the Blues Brothers and check out Stranger Than Fiction. The 2006 Will Ferrel / Emma Thompson / Maggie Gyllenhaal flick was filmed in Chicago, and while the city isn’t specifically mentioned by name, it’s easily recognizable to people who...

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