CTA tries later Purple Line Express service in pilot test

Right about now, a Purple Line train is departing Linden heading south as part of a pilot test to determine demand for later service on the Purple Line Express.

Starting today through July 10, a Purple express train will leave Linden at about 8 p.m. It will arrive at Clark and Lake about 50 minutes later. It’s scheduled to return to Linden by 9:50 p.m.

The pilot will cost about $7,000, a cheap price to determine the need for more service.


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  • I think this is a good idea, but how will they determine ridership for this test? I assume it makes the normal stops?

  • In reply to chris:

    Evanston is paying for it, and they find out apparently the same way they measure cross platform transfers and the like--either an auditor is riding along or someone reviews the surveillance video.

  • I'd rather see it run middays.

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