Collision on the CTA Blue Line

UPDATE: As of Wednesday, October 2, 2013; all regular services have been restored to the CTA Blue Line. All trains are running normally and the damaged trains have been removed from the scene. ~ Source.

The morning of Monday, September 30, 2013 should have been a normal commute day for dozens of Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line El commuters, as they traveled from the suburbs in Forest Park to the heart of downtown Chicago. However, this day was anything but ordinary…

At about 8:00am that morning, an out-of-service train had collided with a revenue service train at the Harlem station, just as the revenue service train was preparing to depart towards its next stop. The back of the revenue service train and the front of the out-of-service train were crumpled in an accordian-like manner, with the revenue service train sustaining more damage than the other. Injuries were reported in the incident and some passengers were rushed to area hospitals.

The incident remains a mystery to all. Some witnesses had reported that there was no operator in the front cab of the train, and several fail-safe mechanisms that are in place to prevent such incidents from occurring did not activate. City and state agencies, the National Transportation Safety Board, and other federal agencies, are currently investigating the incident to see what could have gone wrong. Until the exact cause is known however, many questions will remain as to what happened and why.

For the latest travel information along the Blue Line, click here.

Getting back on track – 9/30/13

Greetings everyone!

The past few months have not been kind to me due to some personal matters that arose. I do sincerely apologize for any inconvenience during the summer months. However, I am now trying to get back on track with my blogging schedule and several website updates. Some of these changes you may have already noticed; from the new theme and modules, to the expanded content on some pages. For the month of October in fact, I’m planning even more updates! So please stay tuned! 😀

With that said, here’s a few things that I’ll be blogging about during the next few weeks.

  • An addition to my fantasy transit system project, as well as updates to my existing Norfolk project.
  • HART and PSTA’s Ridership Gains from August.
  • Fall service enhancements for the HART and PSTA bus systems (as well as any enhancements for MCAT, SCAT, HRT, etc).
  • An update on the Tide LRT extension plans towards the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and Naval Station Norfolk.
  • A summary of the construction work along the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red Line South Corridor.
  • A summary of what’s being planned in HART’s TDP that was approved this week.
  • An update on the Grand Paris Express Subway plan for Paris.
  • YES! Transit Staycations! My planned post keeps getting delayed because…I can’t find the photos that I have of the place that I’m profiling. 😦
  • And much, much more!

If you happen to have an idea that I can put into a future blog post, please feel free to drop me a line via the Contact Form!

Wishing you a great month of October!

HARTride 2012.