CTA Activates Platform Heaters for the Cold Weather Season

October 31, 2022

More than 1,000 heaters across the system are getting ready to keep riders warm as temperatures drop.

As Chicagoans brace for another cold winter ahead, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is preparing its entire fleet of buses and trains and stations to handle the season.

To help provide rider comfort, by November 1, CTA will have its overhead platform heaters activated and available at all outdoor rail stations. The heaters will be available for customers to use during the coldest part of the year, which is historically between November 1 and March 31.

“I’m proud of our commitment to maintaining bus and rail service in even the most challenging weather,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter Jr.  “We’ve developed time-tested methods to keep our City rolling. We extensively train our staff and proactively maintain our vehicles and facilities to handle winter conditions in order to get you where you need to go in warmth and comfort.”

Throughout October, CTA maintenance crews have been testing heaters across the system to ensure they are operational by November 1.

The heaters are part of comprehensive preparations CTA makes each year before the arrival of winter. For more information on how the CTA is preparing for winter please visit: transitchicago.com/winterprep/

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