Category: South Red Line Dan Ryan track renewal project

CTA notes good progress made on accessibility; still more work to do

The CTA celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act this week by noting the strides it has made in making public transit accessible. But there is more work to do. The act was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush, ensuring the civil rights of people with disabilities. The legislation... Read more »

Artists, renderings revealed for eight CTA south Red Line stations

47th Street Station art by Andrew Hall
The CTA and Mayor Emanuel on Monday unveiled conceptual renderings of original artwork to be installed at the eight rail stations betweenCermak-Chinatown and 87th Street. The commissioning of new artwork is the final component to the $425 million Red Line South Reconstruction project. “The community art work that we’re previewing today is a great example of... Read more »

New Red Line south ride: "Like floating on a cloud"

I haven’t had the opportunity yet to ride on the newly rehabbed Red Line south. But CTA Tattler reader Denise offers this glowing assessment: Just wanted to share with you my “maiden voyage” on the new and improved Red Line. I overslept this morning and missed the last Metra train to work. So it was... Read more »

South Red Line stations open; free shuttles end

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The CTA finished the $425 million Red Line south reconstruction project today – on time and on budget. The 80,000 riders returning to the Red Line will experience a much different commute, says the CTA. Some big changes: A daily, round-trip commute between 95th/Dan Ryan and downtown that is up to 20 minutes faster. A... Read more »

Red Line south branch track replacement quietly nears completion

Proper platform distances are measured and verified.
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... Read more »

CTA South Side ridership drops, but commuters using alternative Red Line service

While CTA ridership on the South Side has dropped by about 10 percent, most former Red Line south riders are taking advantage of free or discounted alternative service during the first part of the five-month track reconstruction project. More than 42,000 customers are using the alternative service compared to the 46,000 “station entries” on the... Read more »

A month into track reconstruction, CTA Red Line south on time, on budget

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... Read more »

One last ride on the Red Line south before construction

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The CTA Connections video crew took a ride on the Red Line south just before it shut down for construction on May 19. The ride from Roosevelt to 95th Street station and back lasted an average of 32 minutes. The CTA says when the tracks and rail bed are rebuilt by mid-October, about 10 minutes... Read more »

CTA news bites: Free transfers between Lake and Washington stations

Here are some CTA stories in the news recently: Free transfers between Lake and Washington stations. In conjunction with the shutdown of the Red Line south for track reconstruction, the CTA decided to allow free transfers between Lake and Washington stations on the Red and Blue lines. Transfers are via the Pedway in the lower... Read more »

Week 1 in review: CTA offers more tips for Red Line south alternatives

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... Read more »