CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Transit Authority is moving forward with a plan
to speed up train travel between downtown and O’Hare International Airport.
The CTA board on Wednesday approved a $20.4 million contract for the Blue
Line renewal project.
The project calls for improvements on stretches of the Blue Line where track
conditions are so poor trains are unable to travel at top speeds of 55 mph.
In some of those so-called “slow zones,” trains must limit their speed to
between 15 and 35 mph.
The work is expected to begin in the spring of 2014 and continue through the
Forrest Claypool is CTA president. He says the project will also prevent
future slow zones by replacing track that’s nearing the end of its useful