Train derailment at Granville

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

A southbound train derailed near the Granville Red Line stop around 2:07 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

ABC7 Chicago reported the following about the incident:

Fire trucks, ambulances and police flooded the streets around the Granville Red Line stop in the city’s Edgewater neighborhood after a southbound train coming into the station around 2:07 p.m. Saturday afternoon suddenly derailed.

“It was a little bit of a jolt,” said Salome Chebaro.

Chebaro was one of the 175 passengers stuck at a standstill for over an hour and then forced to walk along the tracks to safety. One person suffered a shoulder injury during the derailment and was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital.

A second train was also delayed and then evacuated after the derailment. Fire and rescue said things went as smoothly as they could.

Due to this derailment and ongoing construction along the red line track, Northbound trains toward Howard will not stop between Addison and Howard through 4:00 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2.

Visit CTA Customer Alerts for more information.

Loyola kicks off Summer on the Plaza

Loyola University Chicago kicks off it’s annual Summer on the Plaza today with a farmers market, local musicians, food trucks and family entertainment.
Summer on the Plaza starts this afternoon at 6650 N. Sheridan Road outside the CTA’s Loyola L stop.
Click here for further details: SUMMER ON THE PLAZA

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CTA bus fire affecting Loyola campus shuttle service

By Alexa Ristich

At 5:45 a.m. a CTA bus caught fire driving southbound on Lake Shore Drive near Division Street. This created significant delays for Loyola intercampus shuttle commuters heading to the Water Tower Campus.

These delays are expected to be relieved by late morning, but until then the southbound campus shuttles will be taking an alternative route to Water Tower Campus.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take the CTA Red Line to get between campuses until the delays have been alleviated.

Loyola Station Farmers Market showcases local vendors

File photo.
File photo.

Hundreds of the Rogers Park community pass by the Loyola Farmers Market every Monday afternoon on their way to or from the train. Taking a stroll through the farmers market, it’s evident this gathering calls for community, conservation, and a lot of delicious food.

The Loyola Farmers Market was launched in June of 2011 and hosts 11 Chicago growers and producers from neighboring states near the Loyola Red Line station.

“Your food’s not coming from California. It’s coming from Indiana or Michigan or Illinois,” said Kelly Hoff , assistant manager of the farmers market.

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Loyola shuttle buses involved in two accidents Friday

A Loyola intercampus shuttle bus was involved in a crash on Sheridan Road near Broadway Friday afternoon. Photo by Nader Issa.
A Loyola intercampus shuttle bus was involved in a crash on Sheridan Road near Broadway Friday afternoon. Photo by Nader Issa.

By Nader Issa

Two Loyola University Chicago intercampus shuttle buses were involved in separate collisions Friday.

At 10:50 a.m. a Loyola shuttle bus made contact with a vehicle near the university’s Water Tower campus, according to the Department of Campus Transportation. As the shuttle passed the vehicle, the bus’s side-view mirror collided with the vehicle’s side-view mirror.

The second collision occurred at 2:34 p.m., when a shuttle bus collided with a Chicago Transit Authority bus in the 1100 block of West Sheridan Road, according to Campus Transportation.

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Loyola adds mobile tracker for shuttles

CTA mobile tracker.
CTA tracker.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Mobile tracking will now be available for students riding campus shuttle buses at Loyola University Chicago, the university announced Friday.

Loyola’s new transportation vendor, MV Transportation, will add mobile tracking for shuttles transporting students between the school’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park and downtown Water Tower Campus.

The mobile tracking will be similar to tracking available for Chicago Transit Authority riders. Students can use the tracker on their mobile devices and computers to determine shuttle arrival times, Loyola said.

MV Transportation also promises newer buses with more comfortable seating, and more interior space, the university said.

There also is a new location for the shuttle stop at Lake Shore Campus, the university said.  The shuttle stop is now located on the south end of the West Quad, across from Flanner Hall. During inclement weather, riders can use the waiting area in the Main Parking Structure, near the entrance to the Welcome Center, Loyola said.

Here is the announcement from the university:

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Loyola Student Dispatch weekly round-up

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By Rianne Coale

CTA crash injures nine

Loyola athlete graduation numbers on rise

Fake gun used in Rogers Park stick-up

And Loyola law professor says don’t go to law school

These are among the top stories this week on Loyola Student Dispatch.

And Rianne Coale, our News Anchor, examines these and other stories in her weekly video round-up.

Click here to view Rianne’s video report: ROUND-UP.

And visit Loyola Student Dispatch for the latest breaking news involving Loyola and it’s neighborhoods.

Loyola Student Dispatch is Loyola University Chicago’s unofficial, student-run breaking news service. Its mission is to capture events on and around campus as they happen, and to inform the Loyola community as quickly as possible.

With breaking news, LSD will often aggregate a story from a reputable news source, then assign a student reporter to follow up with original reporting and an original story.

Students file posts two ways:

  • Aggregated posts attributed to the original source.
  • Originally reported and written news  stories.

Media outlets, bloggers and other publishers are free to use information from Loyola Student Dispatch. We ask only that you credit us as the source of the information.

Nine injured in Lake Shore Drive bus crash

By  Jillian Schwartz

Nine people were injured in a CTA bus crash on Lake Shore Drive near Uptown Friday Afternoon.

The 147 bus swerved and hit a light pole when a vehicle in front of it “stopped abruptly”, CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinki said.

The nine people were in good condition and transported to hospitals. The driver was uninjured.

Find the rest of story from the Chicago Sun-Times here.

Suggest a bike sharing location near Loyola


By Brian Priddis

The Chicago Department of Transportation is preparing to launch their new bike share program in 2013 and is looking to residents to suggest spots to place the 300 new bike sharing stations around the city.

The Chicago Department of Transportation sees this bike share program beneficial in more than just putting bikes in the hands of Chicago residents, it is faster for short trips, more reliable than CTA and Metra, reduces car traffic and pollution, great way to exercise and keep fit and above all is affordable and environmentally friendly says the CDoT website.

Anyone can go online to the Chicago Department of Transportation’s suggest a station location website anywhere.

Read more information at the Chicago Sun-Times.