Discussion related to commuter rail and rapid transit operations in the Chicago area including the South Shore Line, Metra Rail, and Chicago Transit Authority.

Moderators: JamesT4, metraRI

  by Jeff Smith
https://www.progressiverailroading.com/ ... ion--58213
Meanwhile, CTA next week will continue restoration work on the Brown Line’s Ravenswood Connector Branch, a 2-mile stretch of track between Armitage Avenue and the Loop.

Crews will sandblast and repaint the structure to extend its useful life for at least 30 years, officials said in a press release.

The work is part of a $90 million rehabilitation project for the connector. The project's final phases, which will include work on the girders along Franklin Street, are scheduled to be completed by late September.
  by Tadman
Interesting that they go to all that work but don't straighten out any sharp curves such as the three at North Ave or the "wobble" at St. Joe Church. Most of those features are over or near parking lots, too. I once commuted regularly on this line, it's good to see it get some love.