With one week in the books for the five-month rebuild of the Dan Ryan Branch of the Red Line, the CTA is offering more tips to riders to speed their commutes - including reminders of how they can ride for free.
The CTA also noted that it heard from "several customers that it was actually faster to take a shuttle from 95th Street to Garfield Green (approximately 12-14 minutes) than to take the old Red Line between 95th and Garfield Red (approximately 16-18 minutes) – underscoring the need for Red Line South reconstruction." But most of CTA's week 1 update was given to reminders about free shuttle service (from a news release):
- Customers are urged to use the free, round trip shuttle buses from 69th, 79th, 87th and 95th stations to travel to the Garfield elevated station connecting to Red and Green line trains, where all customers ride free.
- Customers currently using the #29 State, #3 King Drive, #4 Cottage Grove and #J14 Jeffery Jump routes are especially encouraged to utilize free shuttle bus alternatives.
-- Many CTA customers are unnecessarily paying full fares and traveling longer than necessary in both directions of travel when they could, alternatively, use our free shuttle bus and free entry at the Garfield elevated station for faster, cheaper round-trips travel to downtown and beyond.
-- Example: Customers can save time and money by choosing the free, nonstop #R95 shuttle bus from the 95th/Dan Ryan Terminal to Garfield station—and continue their trip downtown via a Red or Green line train for free—over the comparatively slower #29 State bus.
-- Between 95th Street and Madison Street, a #R95 shuttle bus rider rides for free to Garfield northbound, and then makes either nine train stops along the Red Line or eight train stops along the Green Line. By comparison, the #29 charges a fare ($1.75 cash, $1.50 Transit Card/Chicago Card), makes up to 89 stops and the trip can take as much as 20 minutes longer.
- For some customers, the local and free #R63 making stops at closed Red Line stations at 63rd, 69th, 79th, 87th and 95th is a great option for free station-to-station travel and to transfer to desired east-west bus routes.
The CTA also was forced to remind riders on the Green /Red Line that the Green and Red trains make the same stops:
- Red and Green Line trains make nearly all of the same stops -- the CTA noticed many customers at Garfield waiting for Green Line trains. The CTA wants to remind them that if downtown is their destination, Red Line trains are an option that is more frequent than Green Line trains. As a reminder, all entries at the Garfield station are free.
The CTA also offered this construction update:
- CTA closed nine Red Line South stations between Cermak/Chinatown and 95th Streets.
- Heavy construction equipment for project was mobilized on site.
- Contractor began removal of track, traction power, signal and communications systems.