Ha ha! Just kidding!
I've been writing on Fridays about Blue Line service suspensions for much of the year, so I just wanted to make sure you were still really reading this.
So yes, the Blue Line will be shut from Clark/Lake till UIC/Halsted. Shuttle buses will operate from station to station. And as the CTA reminds us:
The first two phases of the current project were completed six weeks earlier than originally anticipated
due to improvements in how the work was sequenced.
So far, more than 20,000 feet of track have been replaced just north of the Division station to just south of the Grand station.
Trains have resumed normal speeds from Division to Clark/Lake as a result, allowing riders to experience faster travel times. Crews are replacing deteriorated wooden half ties with concrete half ties, running rail and contact (third) rail to
remove emerging slow zones and help prevent the creation of new slow zones.
CTA gets all 58 hybrid buses. Last week the CTA took delivery of the last of 58 articulated hybrid buses, paid for with $50 million in federal stimulus funds.
The CTA got a total of $241 million in stimulus funds. It's using $75 million to rehab buses and train cars, and $12.5 million to rebuild the Cermak-Chinatown station on the Red Line and make the station ADA compliant.