As Red and Purple line commuters painfully realize, the Chicago Police on Monday night ordered a suspension of rail service on the Red and Purple lines Monday night from Berwyn to Addison.
Police said a "hostage situation" was occurring at 4639 N. Broadway, and no doubt feared there may be bullets flying out of the building that faces the Red and Purple line north of Wilson. Shuttle buses went into service for the six hours that service was suspended.
On the CTA Tattler Facebook fan page, I questioned whether it was an overreaction by the police. That was before I knew the exact address of the incident. Since it is so close to the L embankment, it was a good decision to suspend service. It's always better to err on this side of caution, especially when they are dealing with gun-toting fugitives.
I'm glad the situation ended peacefully. And I'm sorry so many commutes home were messed up.
But it was the right thing to do.