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Orange Line To Slow It Down

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Apr 22, 2010 6:20PM

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Here's a warning to anyone flying out of Midway over the next couple of days: allow extra time if you're taking the Orange Line. It seems that branch of the CTA has received the dreaded "Slow Zone" designation meaning trains will travel along at a max speed of 35 mph while repairs to its signal system are made. In a statement, CTA President Richard Rodriguez said, “The Orange Line has been safely and reliably serving CTA customers for 16 years, we’re just taking a proactive measure to ensure an added layer of safety while we address this issue. While there had been no signal problems, our inspections have suggested the potential for a false indication under certain conditions. We’re working closely with the system manufacturer to develop both short-term and long-term solutions.” There's no set timetable for the slow-zone; a CTA spokesperson gave WBBM the totally not vague at all estimate of, "a number of days."