Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Metra CEO Alex Clifford and other top officials from the transit agency held a meeting in Evanston Wednesday to gather public input on the agency’s strategic plan going forward.
With the CTA’s brand new viaducts now in place in Evanston, the flaking paint and rust of their counterparts on the Metra line makes for a stark contrast. At a meeting Metra held Wednesday to gather public input on its strategic plan, officials said new viaducts were the No. 1 request they heard for Metra in Evanston. “They’re structurally sound,” CEO Alex Clifford told Patch, explaining that the agency inspects them twice as often as is required. But, he acknowledged, “They’re not pretty.” Wednesday’s meeting was one in a series Metra is holding around the suburbs and in the city this summer, to find out how riders want the agency to spend its limited capital. In order to keep trains running safely in a “state of good repair,” the …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
See how crews installed one of three new 4,000-pound viaducts for the Purple Line in Evanston.
Rob Mahoney staked out at Bar Louie this weekend to watch as CTA crews installed a new viaduct on the Purple Line at Grove Street. He used a Panasonic LX5 to shoot the action as workers rolled the 400,000-pound structure into place. The work is part of $10.3 million in upgrades to the Purple Line in Evanston, including replacements of two other viaducts at Greenleaf and Dempster streets. Other work involves rehabilitation and replacement of the retaining walls, as well as construction of new sidewalks, landscaping and drainage systems.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg and other local dignitaries announced the near completion of $10.3 million in upgrades to the Purple Line in Evanston.
Sen. Jeff Schoenberg, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, CTA President Forrest Claypool, Ald. Melissa Wynne (3rd Ward) and other local dignitaries gathered outside the Dempster Street ‘L’ station Thursday for a press conference to discuss some $10.3 million in upgrades to the Purple Line. “The message it sends to everyone here in Evanston and throughout Chicago, is that we can get infrastructure done,” said Ald. Wynne, whose ward includes the Dempster Street viaduct. Two weeks ago, construction crews swung a new viaduct into place at Greenleaf Street; the viaducts at Dempster and Grove streets are slated for installation this weekend. Related: Purple Line Shuts Down This Weekend As New Viaducts Go In Wynne remembered standing at the Dempster …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Service will be suspended while two new viaducts are installed at Dempster and Grove streets.
CTA Purple Line service will shut down Friday through Sunday for the installation of two new viaducts, at Dempster and Grove streets, according to a press release from the city. The construction work is being completed as part of a $15 million improvement project funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Two weeks ago, crews installed a new viaduct at Greenleaf Street, while other work includes new retaining walls and foundations, new waterproofing and drainage systems, and new lighting systems. Purple Line service between Howard and Davis streets will be suspended from 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 22, through 4:30 a.m. on Monday, June 25. In the meantime, a CTA shuttle bus will make the same stops on the same time schedule as the…
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Beginning on Friday and lasting through Monday, CTA crews will install a new viaduct at Greenleaf Street in Evanston. Purple line service will suspended from 8:30 p.m. Friday through 4:30 a.m. Monday.
Purple line service will be suspended between Howard and Davis streets this weekend as crews install a new viaduct at Greenleaf Street. The tracks will shut down at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, and reopen at 4:30 a.m. Monday, June 11, according to a release from the city. CTA will run a bus between the stations at South, Main, Dempster and Davis, operating every four to 15 minutes during the day and every 20 minutes late at night. Parking restrictions and street closures will also be in effect during the construction. Greenleaf Street will shut down east of Chicago Avenue beginning at noon on Friday, and will remain closed until construction of the bridge is finished, about 5 p.m. on Monday. Parking restrictions will affect Clark Street, …