CTA Prepares for Projected Snowfall

December 8, 2009

With meteorologists predicting a two-to-three inch snowfall in Chicago, the CTA is prepared to deploy staff to rail stations as conditions dictate to ensure CTA platforms are clear for customers.

"CTA will continue to monitor conditions and listen to weather reports throughout the evening and will deploy crews should the predicted snowfall occur," said CTA President Richard L. Rodriguez.  "We want to ensure that customers are able to board and exit platforms as they make their way to and from work."

CTA’s snow command team is prepared to be out in force to keep bus garages and bus turnarounds clear and to coordinate efforts with the City of Chicago’s snow command.  Should the anticipated sleet and snow accumulate, crews will salt bus terminals, turnarounds and garages.

If needed, CTA track and substation staff will be on duty at rail yards to clear switches of snow and ice build up.  Rail switch heaters throughout the rail system also would be activated to help reduce ice buildup.  Parking lot vendors for CTA Park & Ride lots will be notified to salt and keep parking lots clear.


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