With all the noise these day coming from the Ventra card rollout mess, practically gone unnoticed by many riders is the near completion of the Red Line South track rebuilding project.
The CTA is scheduled to complete the project on time this weekend and reopen track and stations on the south Red Line Dan Ryan branch on Sunday at 4 a.m. See the scope of work.
Final testing is being completed this week. Here’s the word on the project from the CTA Facebook page:
As we head into the very last few days on the Red Line South Reconstruction, we continue our extensive testing regimen. On October 12, an eight-car test train of 5000-series cars was used in various testing throughout the whole weekend, in fact.
Some of the work, much of which was focused on signals, switches and verifying clearances, included the test train traveling at full speed for a round trip—maximum speed is at 55 mph across most of the line!
In these photos, people from CTA and a number of contractors involved in the project came out both as part of the test work and to inspect performance as the project nears completion.
After a five month closure to rebuild the tracks, get trains up to full speed and provide a better, faster, smoother ride for South Side Red Line riders, normal service from Howard to 95th/Dan Ryan will resume on Sunday morning at 4 am.
The CTA at least has proven it can complete these track projects on time and on budget.