Last week we saw the story about how auto traffic congestion has eased a bit in the last couple of months, mostly due to layoffs in this recession.
Meanwhile, the CTA has reported a 2.6% increase in ridership over the last year, with rail rides seeing 4.8% increase. Certainly, some of that is due to reduced rides because of three-tracking on the Red. That was finished late last year.
Also Red Line subway slow zone work shut the tunnels many weekends last year. Because of the subway closings last year, the Chicago station reports a 730% increase on Saturday -- from 1,357
to 11,255. And Grand reports a 779% jump on Saturdays from 1,038 to
9,123. Weekday traffic at Grand increased 15%.
The Brown Line project is due finally to be finished this year. The main punch items on the Brown are the elevators at the Belmont and Fullerton stations.