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Cool pic of March gloom.
O’Hare CTA station closed for foreseeable future because of considerable damage from crash (Chicago Tribune)
A Chicago Transit Authority train failed to stop at the end-of-the-line station at O’Hare International Airport early Sunday morning and jumped the track and came to rest on an escalator. About 30 people aboard the train were injured and none of the injuries are life threatening, officials said. Excerpt:
The cause of the accident remains under investigation. The train was traveling at a high rate of speed while pulling into the station and officials are trying to determine why, Steele said.
“We don’t know yet what led to this incident,” Steele said. “We will be looking at everything — equipment, signals, the human factor, any extenuating circumstances.”
The National Transportation Safety Board also will investigate the crash.
The train operator suffered an injury to a leg. She is being tested for drugs and alcohol as is standard procedure after such an incident. Thankfully the crash happened at 3 a.m. when there were very few people around the platform.
Miracle Mile freaking out over possible 24-hour subway work (Curbed LA)
Some residents aren’t too pleased with the prospect of round-the-clock work on the Purple Line Extension, but Curbed LA says that Metro’s proposals thus far only involve 24-hour work for parts of 2015 and again in parts of 2021 — not nine continuous years of work.
Maybe transit isn’t surging after all (The Atlantic Cities)
More pushback against the American Public Transportation Association’s recent press release touting that transit ridership was at its highest point since 1956. As several outlets have noted, the U.S. has almost doubled its population since 1956, meaning that far fewer people overall are using mass transit in America. As the Atlantic Cities notes, since the early 1970s, there is less than one transit trip per week per person in the country.
Of course, APTA does advocate for the transportation industry, including both public agencies and private firms that operate transit and manufacture equipment. With Congress considering a new multi-year transportation funding bill, APTA needs to make the case that transit ridership is up. If looked like in a silo, it is. And that’s good. But, like others, I’d rather see the big view of things in order to figure out the best way to build transit systems that will give people a choice outside of driving.
The death knelling over Citi Bike (Next City)
Reports of the bike rental/sharing program in New York are probably over-stated, says the blog — blaming recent problems on Gotham’s harsh winter and some system software issues that plagued the program when it first started.
I heart M15 (Vimeo)
Fun video from the express bus in New York.