WBEZ | chicago transit http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-transit Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The South Side before the Dan Ryan http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/south-side-dan-ryan-107313 <p><p><em>Editor&#39;s note: This story was a call for help to complete a story about the expressway&#39;s impact on the South Side. <a href="http://wbez.is/10P09rF">That story</a> is now complete. A hearty thanks to everyone who helped with stories and leads!&nbsp;</em></p><p>Do you or your family members remember the South Side before the <a href="http://chicagoclass.wikispaces.com/file/view/Decoding-Chicago-Traffic-Reports1.pdf">Dan Ryan Expressway</a> was built? We want stories of what life was like on the ground in the neighborhoods surrounding the expressway changed the city forever. (Where exactly is the Dan Ryan? Check out page 10 of <a href="http://chicagoclass.wikispaces.com/file/view/Decoding-Chicago-Traffic-Reports1.pdf">this traffic decoder map</a> to see the span of it)&nbsp;<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Dan%20Ryan%20google%20image.JPG" style="height: 150px; width: 250px; float: left;" title="The Dan Ryan cuts through nearly 12 miles of the South Side's neighborhoods. (Source: Google Maps)" /></p><p dir="ltr"><u>Please call and leave us a message with your memories:&nbsp;</u><strong>1-888-789-7752.&nbsp;</strong>Your voice and story may end up on our airwaves!&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">Stumped about what to say? Here are a few suggestions to get your juices flowing, but feel free to share whatever story you&rsquo;d like.</p><p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p><ul dir="ltr"><li style="">How did the Dan Ryan change your experience of your neighborhood?</li><li style="">Was it a convenience or inconvenience?</li><li style="">Did anything particularly good or bad result from its construction?</li><li style="">Do you recall any businesses razed or neighbors dislocated because of the construction? If so &mdash; what were they?</li><li style="">What do you remember thinking about the new highway at the time? Was it exciting or a pain?</li><li style="">Are there any places that are no longer around because of the construction that you particularly miss? How did your neighbors or friends feel about the Dan Ryan?</li></ul><p dir="ltr">This story will air on Wednesday, June 5, during&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift">The Afternoon Shift</a>. It&rsquo;s part of a special collaboration between Curious City and the University of Chicago. We&rsquo;re working with the students in a class called &ldquo;Buildings as Evidence&rdquo; to answer six questions about Chicago and this is one of them.</p><p dir="ltr">You can see how this group has been approaching their investigation and what they&rsquo;ve found so far via their reporter&rsquo;s notebook below:</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="750" src="http://embed.verite.co/timeline/?source=0AgYZnhF-8PafdGJGck5DNGRVc2FXemN3d2JpYjcxLVE&amp;font=PTSerif-PTSans&amp;maptype=toner&amp;lang=en&amp;hash_bookmark=true&amp;width=620&amp;height=750" width="620"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr">Track the progress of the other investigations done by the University of Chicago class below:</p><ul dir="ltr"><li style=""><a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/#!/archive/question/721">Does present-day Marina City align with the designers&rsquo; intentions? What relation did it have to Chicago&rsquo;s post-war white flight?</a></li><li style=""><a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/#!/archive/question/729">How does all of Chicago&rsquo;s produce come into the city? What&rsquo;s the history of Chicago&rsquo;s wholesale produce markets?</a></li><li style=""><a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/#!/archive/question/723">Chicago&#39;s loop is filled with skyscrapers but outside of the loop there are very few buildings over three stories tall. How did this built environment landscape come to be established today and how does it relate to the historical zoning laws in Chicago?</a></li><li style=""><a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/#!/archive/question/726">What is the role of corporate development in neighborhoods? Why do some corporations reappropriate old spaces while others build new?</a></li><li style=""><a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/#!/archive/question/737">What is the origin of Chicago&#39;s distinctive wooden fire escapes? Are they actually effective during fires? How are they related to Chicago&#39;s prevalent mid-block alleys?</a></li></ul><p dir="ltr">Their findings will be posted on WBEZ.org in early June.</p><p dir="ltr">Keep up with all things Curious City via Twitter. Follow us <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZCuriousCity">@WBEZCuriousCity</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 14:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/south-side-dan-ryan-107313 Major CTA rebuilding will affect Chicago commute http://www.wbez.org/news/major-cta-rebuilding-will-affect-chicago-commute-107267 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/flickr_JeraSue_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Transit officials say the first rush hour of Chicago Transit Authority&#39;s Red Line construction project is going smoothly.</p><p>Monday is the first weekday of the $425 million project to rebuild the line on the city&#39;s South Side and that means no trains are running along the 10.2-mile stretch between Cermak-Chinatown and 95th Street.</p><p>CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase says there&#39;s plenty of room on the free shuttle buses running the route. She says there have been no major disruptions.</p><p>Some Red Line service will be running in some areas, but it will be rerouted onto Green Line tracks. White Sox fans can use Metra or the Green Line, which has a station a few blocks from U.S. Cellular Field.</p><p><em>The CTA encourages customers to follow <a href="http://twitter.com/RedLineSouth" target="_blank">@RedLineSouth</a> on Twitter for updates.</em></p></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 09:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/major-cta-rebuilding-will-affect-chicago-commute-107267 Bridge project to affect downtown Chicago traffic http://www.wbez.org/news/bridge-project-affect-downtown-chicago-traffic-105872 <p><p>Repair work on a major downtown Chicago bridge may cause some headaches for commuters this week.</p><p>Chicago Transit Authority officials said Sunday that service will be interrupted for two nine-day periods while work begins on the 91-year-old Wells Street Bridge.</p><p>The project will involves putting new sections on the double-decker moveable bridge. Crews will dismantle and replace parts of the bridge. The sections will be assembled elsewhere and transported by barge on the Chicago River.</p><p>The first traffic detour goes through next Sunday. The second will be April 26 through May 5. CTA officials will also do track work. Several train lines will be affected, including route changes.</p><p>City officials say the bridge has been in service since 1922.</p></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 08:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/bridge-project-affect-downtown-chicago-traffic-105872 Chicago ready to spend $2 billion on new rail cars http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-ready-spend-2-billion-new-rail-cars-105405 <p><p>Chicago transit officials are planning to spend up to $2 billion on a new generation of rail cars to modernize the nation&#39;s second-largest mass transit system.</p><p>The Chicago Transit Authority announced Wednesday it is accepting bids for up to 850 new rail cars that would start to roll out in 2016. They would replace &quot;El&quot; cars that are around 30 years old or older, which is beyond the industry standard for a rail car&#39;s useful life.</p><p>The CTA began rolling out another series of newer cars last year that offer a smoother ride and more space.</p><p>The agency says the latest series planned will allow for continuous replacement of its aging fleet.</p><p>In the past, the CTA has waited as long as 20 years between rail car orders.</p></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 11:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-ready-spend-2-billion-new-rail-cars-105405