CTA Red Line riders who use the south leg of the north-south “L” line will have to find alternate transportation starting 2 a.m. Sunday.
The line will be closed for five months south of the Roosevelt Road station for a $425 million track replacement project on the Dan Ryan branch of the line.
About $13 million in extra, free and discounted service will be provided for commuters-- more than 3 percent of the total project budget.
The work is expected to be completed by Oct. 19. When it’s done, commuters can expect to save up to 10 minutes each way between downtown and the 95th Street terminal, CTA officials say.
Unlike recent CTA projects that kept the Red Line open during North Side station renovations and the Brown Line running during a capacity-expansion project, the predominantly black ridership on the south leg of the Red Line will have to endure a major service disruption. But officials point out that trains could be run during the north Red and Brown line renovations because they largely involved station work--and they cannot be run when a complete overhaul is being done on tracks.
Free express shuttle buses and local shuttle buses providing 24-hour service will operate beginning Sunday from the four closed Red Line stations south of 63rd Street to the Garfield Boulevard (55th Street) station on the Green Line, where entry will be free.
No fares will be charged for passengers boarding the Green Line at Garfield for the entire five months, officials said.
Metra is offering special 10-ride tickets to be combined with a CTA pass for use on the Rock Line and the Metra Electric lines.
For more details, check the CTA’s web page on the project or call 1-888-YOUR-CTA (888-968-7282).
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