CTA accelerates slow zone work; O'Hare Blue Line almost free of slow spots
The CTA has diligently reduced the number of rail slow zones over the last year from more than 22% to just under 7%, according to a report President Ron Huberman presented at last week's board meeting.
And the Sun-Times reports that slow zones on the O'Hare branch of the Blue Line have been reduced from 62% of the track last year to just 3% now.
This CTA slow zone map from late November slows there are just two small slow zones near Rosemont and Cumberland on the O'Hare branch. This Sun-Times map shows the dramatic "before and after" of slow zones.
On the ridership front, November saw a 5.3% overall growth in ridership across the system, with rail rides up 6.8% and bus rides up 4.5%.
(Wow! I may be the only blogger today who hasn't mentioned Blagojevich. Oh damn. There I go. Sorry. And to the person who commented about seeing "the article linking Blowdryavitch's aide to the shafting the cta funding because he was jealous of Ron and wanted his job" -- how about a link)