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CTA Red Line Reconstruction Project

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The five month project begins Sunday morning; that’s when the Red Line, from Cermak to 95th, will be shut down for a full replacement.

Red Line trains will switch to the Green Line, after the Roosevelt stop.

Free shuttle buses are being provided to help with the transition.

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Thousands of commuters will board the CTA Red Line along the Dan Ryan today for the first time in five months.

Eight stations from Cermak to 95th Street were upgraded as part of a $425-million, five-month reconstruction project.

The trains began running early Sunday morning.

CTA officials say people will notice a much smoother and quicker ride.

All of tracks have been replaced along the entire route.

But Less than 24 hours after re-pening, workers had to perform emergency repairs on a section of the new red line tracks.

A truck cab crashed into a barrier on the Dan Ryan Expressway near 68th Street, and landed on the tracks Sunday night.

The driver was not hurt, but the third rail of the tracks was damaged.

Maintenance workers were able to fix it, and service running on the southbound portion of the tracks is now back open.

The 95th Street station will receive another renovation and upgrade next spring.

Trains are running again along the South Branch of the CTA’s Red Line following the completion of a five-month, $475 million dollar reconstruction project

Trains began running from the 95th Street to Chinatown’s Cermak stations beginning at 4am Sunday morning.

Eight stations were renovated and the train tracks were replaced along the entire route.

CTA spokesman Steve Mayberry says riders will notice a much smoother and quicker ride.  Some commuters will save up to twenty minutes on their rides.

Mary Grayson was among the very first riders on the new Red Line Sunday morning.  She says the ride was much quicker and smoother.

The 95th Street Station will be renovated and upgraded next Spring.

The five-month, renovation project to the CTA’s Red Line is finally over.

Crews updated eight stations and replaced tracks between the Cermak-Chinatown and 95th Street stops.

Officials say commuters will save 20 minutes on round-trip rides between the Loop and 95th Street stops.

The line is scheduled to re-open on time on Sunday.

After five months of construction, the south branch of the CTA’s Red Line is scheduled to re-open on Sunday.

Crews updated stations and replaced tracks that were more than 40-years-old.

Officials say the renovations will cut 20-minutes off commute times between the Loop and 95th Street stops.

The project cost $425-million.

CTA bosses and commuters are giving a thumbs-up to the first workday commute of the Red Line reconstruction project.

“So far, so good. Can’t complain,” said CTA board chairman Terry Peterson.

“It went smooth as silk,” one commuter told WGN.

The Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line shut down at 2 a.m. Sunday, forcing thousands of riders to find an alternate way to get around.

Nine Red Line stops from Cermak South to 95th Street are now closed until October as crews build a brand new track.

The CTA has worked for more than a year to alert riders and set up alternate routes and shuttle buses to the Green Line and Metra trains.

But, there were plenty of delays and questions as commuters tried to find their way around.

Free shuttle buses to the Green Line Garfield Stop will run 24 hours a day during the project.

Metra is also offering special passes to be used with CTA cards.

Need help working around the @CTA RED LINE closure from 95th-Cermak? Use this trip planner: www.transitchicago.com

The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.

WGN’s Tonya Francisco experiences Red Line alternative routes firsthand.

Plenty of frustration and headaches on Chicago’s South Side as the CTA’s Red Line reconstruction project kicked into full swing Sunday.

The Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line shut down at 2 a.m. Sunday, forcing thousands of riders to find an alternate way to get around.

Nine Red Line stops from Cermak South to 95th Street are now closed until October as crews build a brand new track.

The CTA has worked for more than a year to alert riders and set up alternate routes and shuttle buses to the Green Line and Metra trains.

But, there were plenty of delays and questions as commuters tried to find their way around.

Free shuttle buses to the Green Line Garfield Stop will run 24 hours a day during the project.

Metra is also offering special passes to be used with CTA cards.

Need help working around the @CTA RED LINE closure from 95th-Cermak? Use this trip planner: www.transitchicago.com

CTA President Forrest Claypool holds press conference over Red Line shut down. (WGN-TV)

Rundown of CTA Red Line closures and reroutes

CTA President Forrest Claypool says there is no “sugarcoating” the inconveniences that the Red Line reconstruction project will cause over the course of the next five months.

Construction crews are tearing out and rebuilding the well-worn tracks on the Red Line’s South Side route and improving eight of the route’s nine stations. The ninth station, at 95th Street, is set for a complete overhaul and expansion starting in 2014. Riders are promised a smoother, faster ride toward downtown when the work is finished.

On Sunday, the first day of the project, riders had plenty to say about it.

WGN’s Randi Belisomo has more.

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