After a full month of track reconstruction, the CTA reports that its Red Line south project is on time and on budget. The transit agency also says alternative service by bus and rail is transporting almost 20,00 riders daily.
The Red Line South reconstruction project began May 19, requiring a temporary shutdown of 10 miles of track to completely rebuild it over five months. The project includes the rehabilitation of eight of nine Red Line South rail stations along the Red Line South. The ninth station, 95th Street Terminal, will be reconstructed in a separate, $240 million project next year.
CTA provided these details on alternative service:
- More than 9,300 customers on an average weekday are taking express shuttles from 95th, 87th, 79th and 69th to Garfield.
- More than 6,700 customers are taking the local shuttle, which makes all stops between 63rd and 95th.
- More than 1,300 customers take the express shuttle between Cermak/Chinatown and Roosevelt Road.
- Customers are increasing use of the Green, Orange and re-routed Red Line, as well as several north-south bus routes, including the #3 State, #4 Cottage Grove, J14 Jeffery Jump and #29 State.
Details on the railroad reconstruction:
The project includes replacing all railroad ties, rails, third rail, drainage and communications systems, and ballast, the stone material that holds the ties in place. Station work includes lighting replacement or refurbishment, new signage, floor reglazing/repair, painting, cleaning and new elevators at the Garfield, 63rd and 87th stations.
About 95 percent of the old tracks have been removed and 80 percent of the third rail, signals and communications cable has been finished. At shuttered Red Line South stations, demolition and foundation work has progressed in areas where new elevators will be built.
Check out the photo gallery of CTA photos of the work.