CTA riders get ready for Red Line reconstruction

Beginning next Sunday, May 19, service on the Dan Ryan branch of the CTA Red Line will shut down for a big reconstruction project.

The 95th, 87th, 79th, 69th, 63rd, Garfield, 47th, Sox/35th and Cermak/Chinatown stations will all be closed for five months.

Because of poor track conditions, trains currently run slowly from station to station south on the Red Line.  The renovation project will entail replacing everything in the track bed — ties. rails, the third rail, and the drainage system.

The Red Line is more than 40 years old and has been deteriorating over the years.

Thousands of commuters take the Red Line to and from 95th Street and downtown Chicago every day.  To help the riders there will be free shuttle buses with 24-hour service from the stations at 69th, 79th, 87th and 95th Streets, over to the Garfield station on the Green Line.  That will become an alternate for many riders.

Many of the riders who spoke with WGN today said they are preparing for a longer commute.

You can find more information about some of the changes and how to get around on the CTA during the Red Line reconstruction at the  CTA website.

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