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O'Hare Blue Line Station Could Open This Weekend

Crews cutting apart train car on escalator. NTSB finished with on scene investigation.

The CTA hopes to have the Blue Line station at O'Hare Airport open by this weekend, reports CBS Chicago.

Blowtorch crews are cutting apart the lead car of the train that jumped the tracks in the wee hours of Monday, slamming into an escalator and injuring more than 30 people riders. The woman at the train's controls has admitted she fell asleep.

The train was speeding faster than 25 mph, according to the National Transportation and Safety Board investigators, so even though the "trip switches" designed to stop a speeding train did automatically apply brakes, the train was still going too fast.

Watch: Video of CTA Train Plow into O'Hare Station

The switches will move further up the tracks. The CTA will lower the speed limit for trains entering the station from 25 mph to 15 mph. The CTA has been running buses between the Rosemont stop on the Blue Line and O’Hare to get passengers to and from the airport.


Lenny Kravitz March 27, 2014 at 02:14 PM
CTA train cars: disliked 5000 series cars from Bombardier were $1.14 Billion for 704 cars, so each car cost $ 1,200,150. These will be supplemented by cars that are $2 Billion for 846 cars, or $2,364,066 each. And they will all be scented like urine.
Tom Lunde March 27, 2014 at 03:18 PM
Hopefully this has not put you off of using public transportation.
RB March 27, 2014 at 03:41 PM
Video must be a hoax...it shows a working CTA escalator!
art March 30, 2014 at 11:14 AM
I'm sure she had her female lover on her mind.

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