Fallen Signal, Multiple CTA Train Failures Affect Red, Purple and Brown Lines in Chicago

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Roscoe and Clark with CTA tracks overhead (Image capture November 2021 ©2022 Google)
Roscoe and Clark with CTA tracks overhead (Image capture November 2021 ©2022 Google).

Chicago firefighters responded about 6:30 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2022 to an unspecified track condition and were working on a “long-term incident” near 945 West Belmont. Power near the Addison station CTA Red Line and Purple Line were initially shut down. Power was also down from Lincoln to Montrose, and at other locations.




Firefighters discovered that a signal fell at the Clark Street junction near Roscoe and Clark. The precise cause of the train failure incident was not initially specified over Chicago Fire Department radio. There were two trains stopped just south of the Belmont station, and on CTA train stopped just north of the Belmont station.

There were other trains stopped — one at 4625 Broadway on the CTA Red Line and one at 3940 Sheridan on the CTA Purple Line. There was also a CTA train failure at 1109 West Wilson. A train was also stopped at 942 West Sheridan.




Power was turned off on four tracks between Lincoln and Clark as part of management of the incidents.

CTA tweeted around 7 a.m. that services was suspended on the Purple, Red and Brown lines near the Belmont stop.

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Brown Line trains stopped between Southport and Armitage

Red Line trains stopped between Thorndale and Fullerton

Purple Line Express Service temporarily suspended

Some passengers were evacuated from trains and some trains were able to arrive in stations, where passengers disembarked. Some people were evacuated on tower ladder platforms.

CTA Red and Purple Modernization (Image capture November 2021 ©2022 Google)
CTA Red and Purple Modernization (Image capture November 2021 ©2022 Google).

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