The countdown is now over and the south leg of the CTA Red Line is now closed from Chinatown’s Cermak stop to 95th street, as a major five-month-long reconstruction project got underway today.
The track was closed at 2am as crews began to block off station entrances and post closed signs.
The 40-year-old Red Line tracks will be completed overhauled. The old track will be removed and the system will be rebuilt from scratch to create a faster, smoother train line.
When it’s done, Red Line commuters can expect to save up to ten minutes travel time from 95th Street to The Loop.
The $425 million project will basically stop red line service from Cermak south to 95th Street.
The project is expected to be completed October 19th.
A variety of alternate bus services, both free and discounted, are available for commuters, who will have to take the Green Line or Metra’s Rock Island or Electric Line trains.
For more information go to http://www.transitchicago.com/redsouth/