CTA Encourages Customers to Plan for Impact of Snowfall on Travel

December 16, 2008

Due to the continued snowfall forecast for the area this evening, CTA is reminding customers to allow extra travel time.

“Buses can be impacted by adverse weather conditions as they travel in the same traffic as other vehicles,” said CTA President Ron Huberman. “Rail service also can be impacted by inclement weather, therefore we recommend customers allow extra travel time.”
 
During inclement weather CTA has staff report earlier and stay later to provide assistance to customers and to help keep stations and facilities clear of snow and ice.
 
CTA completed its standard winter preparation process in the fall to update the winter plan and prepare facilities and vehicles for winter weather. CTA buses undergo a 30-point winter preparation checklist that includes making sure heaters work, and that doors and windows close securely. 
 
Trains are equipped with sleet scrapers and snowplow blades to remove ice and snow from the third rail. In addition, CTA has four snow fighter locomotives to clear tracks of ice and snow.
 
Crews also inspect and activate overhead heating fixtures on platforms at all 125 outdoor rail stations so that customers can stay warm, and restock sand boxes so there are supplies at the ready to keep stairs, platforms and bus areas safe for customers and employees.
 
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