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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-76-039
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Synopsis: ON JANUARY 9, 1976, AT 8:06 A.M., CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY (C TRAIN NO. 315 STRUCK THE REAR END OF TRAIN NO. 104 WHILE IT WAS STANDING AT THE ADDISON STREET STATION PLATFORM IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. THE IMPACT FORCES EXTENSIVELY DAMAGED THE LEAD CAR OF THE MOVING TRAIN AND THE REAR CAR OF THE STANDING TRAIN, AND SLIGHTLY DAMAGED THE OTHER CARS IN EACH TRAIN. DAMAGE TO THE EQUIPMENT AND TRACK WAS ESTIMATED TO BE $267,000. OF THE 381 PASSENGERS WHO WERE INJURED IN THE COLLISION, 1 PASSENGER DIED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY: UPDATE THE BOOK OF OPERATING RULES SO THAT CURRENT SUPERVISORY TITLES AND FUNCTIONS ARE IN AGREEMENT, AND UPGRADE IT SO THAT ONLY THOSE RULES FOR WHICH EMPLOYEES ARE RESPONSIBLE AND THAT ARE ENFORCEABLE AND NECESSARY FOR SAFE OPERATION ARE CONTAINED THEREIN.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 80015
Accident Reports: Chicago Transit Authority Collision of Trains No. 104 and No. 315 at Addison Street Station
Report #: RAR-76-09
Accident Date: 1/9/1976
Issue Date: 8/23/1976
Date Closed: 11/7/1986
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Chicago Transit Authority (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Transit

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Chicago Transit Authority
Date: 11/7/1986
Response: On August 23, 1976, the National Transportation Safety Board issued Safety Recommendation R-76-38 to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) as a result of the Safety Board's investigation of the January 9, 1976, rear-end collision between two CTA trains. On October 16, 1985, as a result of the Safety Board's investigation of the August 17, 1984, rear-end collision of two CTA trains , the Safety Board reiterated the recommendation and issued Safety Recommendations R-85-88 through -97. In a letter dated August 2,1993, the Safety Board asked to be advised of actions taken by the CTA to implement the open recommendations. Our records indicate t h a t we have not received a response. Based on the lack of response from the CTA, the Safety Board has classified Safety Recommendations R-76-38, R-85-88, and R-85-91 through -97 Closed--Unacceptable Action. Copies of our August 23, 1976, October 16, 1985, and August 2, 1993, letters are enclosed for your reference.

From: Chicago Transit Authority
To: NTSB
Date: 11/1/1986
Response: THE CTA RESPONDED ON SEPTEMBER 21, 1976 AND ENCLOSED A NEWS RELEASE WHICH INDICATED THAT CTA WAS IMPLEMENTING THE BOARD'S RECOMMENDATIONS. THERE WAS NO FURTHER EXCHANGE OF CORRESPONDENCE ON THESE RECOMMENDATIONS UNTIL THE BOARD'S FOLLOWUP LETTER OF OCTOBER 7, 1981. THE CTA HAS NEVER RESPONDED TO THAT LETTER.

From: NTSB
To: Chicago Transit Authority
Date: 7/3/1986
Response: If the CTA has taken action to fulfill the intent of these Safety Recommendations, the Board would appreciate being informed and receiving supporting documentation. The Board will, however, place these Safety Recommendations in a "Closed-Unacceptable Action" status, if we do not receive a substantive reply within 90 days from the date of our letter.

From: Chicago Transit Authority
To: NTSB
Date: 7/1/1986
Response: THIS IS ACTUALLY A FOLLOWUP LETTER DATED 7/3/86 WITH THE FOLLOWING A HISTORY OF PREVIOUS CORRESPONDENCE: THE CTA RESPONDED ON 9/21/76 AND ENCLOSED A NEWS RELEASE WHICH INDI CATED THAT CTA WAS IMPLEMENTING THE BOARD'S RECOMMENDATIONS. THERE WAS NO FURTHER EXCHANGE OF CORRESPONDENCE ON THESE RECOMMENDATIONS UNTIL THE BOARD'S FOLLOWUP LETTER ON 10/7/81. THE CTA HAS NEVER RESPONDED TO THAT LETTER.

From: NTSB
To: Chicago Transit Authority
Date: 10/7/1981
Response: On August 23, 1976, the National Transportation Safety Board issued Safety Recommendations R-76-35 through -41 to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) as a result of our investigation of the rear-end collision of two southbound CTA passenger trains at the Addison Street Station platform in Chicago, Illinois. Additionally, on June 29, 1977, the Safety Board issued Safety Recommendations R-77-14 through -17 to the CTA as a result of our investigation of the rear-end collision of two northbound CTA passenger trains at the intersection of Wabash Avenue and Lake Street. Based on previous responses by the CTA, the Safety Board has classified R-77-14 and R-77-16 as "Closed-Acceptable Action." We note, however, that the remaining nine recommendations are in various open categories pending completion of action by the CTA. The latest correspondence on these recommendations is 2 years old. We would appreciate being apprised of the progress made by the CTA toward fulfilling these recommendations.