Making the Trains Run On Time

by Neal DePasquale, Project Manager; STV Group, Three First National Plaza, 70 West Madison Street, Suite 2840, Chicago, IL 60602-4207,
Charles R. Kubisiak, P.E., Industrial Engineer; Three First National Plaza, 70 West Madison Street, Suite 2840, Chicago, IL 60602-4207,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1995, Vol. 65, Issue 1, Pg. 59-61


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: The Skokie, Ill. rail shops were constructed in 1928 and all cars in the Chicago Rapid Transit system are repaired and maintained at this yard. But as the cars have become more sophisticated over the years, technology at the yard has not kept up. The shops have become functionally obsolete. But now, as part of a $60 million project, the complex is being upgraded to accommodate the today's contemporary cars, improve preventive maintenance; reduce the manual labor associated with highly repetitive operations; and enhance safety conditions for CTA personnel. The updated rail yard will consist of two new buildings, 290,000 sq ft of maintenance and office space, and improved test tracks. Repairs on the cars will also be done more efficiently due to new equipment being purchased. Construction should be completed in 1997, and operations must continue uninterrupted at the facility at all times during the project.

Subject Headings: Chicago | Facilities | Maintenance | Rapid transit systems | Rehabilitation

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