CTA delays: Train service resumes after track power outage halts service on Chicago’s North Side during morning commute
Chicago police say a train signal fell on the CTA tracks in the 900 block of West Belmont Avenue, knocking out power to the track, but the CTA said it is still investigating the incident.
Service on the Red, Brown and Purple Express lines has been temporarily suspended for hours, with shuttles brought into service. Service on the Brown Line resumed around 8:45 a.m. and on the Red Line around 11:40 a.m.
Getting kicked off his Purple Line train and walking along the elevated tracks was clearly not how Devin Jarell, or one of his fellow passengers, expected their morning commute to go .
“Just before arriving at Belmont station, the train stopped and the driver said there had been a problem on the tracks,” Jarell said. “Then he kept saying there would be a longer delay and a longer delay and the power cut.”
The delays created a chaotic morning for commuters, making many of them late for work.
“I’m still a bit in shock right now trying to figure out how I’m going to get to work,” commuter Jasmine Jones said.
The power outage closed all CTA lanes near Belmont, forcing evacuations on all lanes and leaving many people scrambling for a ride.
Dozens of rescue workers from the fire department and the CTA were called in to help, handling both the evacuations and the repairs, which lasted for hours.
“We were stopped for about an hour and a half,” Jarell said. “The conductor arrived and finally said we were all going to get off the train and another firefighter from the fire department came and escorted us all to the end of the train and we all got off.”
“It’s stressful,” Jones said. “I like not really knowing what to do because there’s no buses going up north where I need to go, so I kind of have to wait for Lyft to drop their prices a bit…it’s a increase right now.”
“Maybe a little late for work, but almost the weekend, so I guess that’s not too bad, but yeah, it’s very unexpected,” said commuter Jake Goodman.
Chopper 7HD flew over the scene as crews worked to try to restore service.
Reconstruction work is underway at the site where it happened and police initially said it was a fallen train signal on the CTA tracks that caused the problem. Transit officials, however, said they are still investigating.
A CTA spokesperson said the evening journey was unaffected
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