CTA Red, Purple Line riders to face delays, longer morning commute

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CHICAGO --Expect delays on the Red and Purple Lines starting today, as the CTA begins the next phase of its Wilson Station Reconstruction Project.

Southbound Red and Purple Line express trains will be sharing one track from Wilson to Belmont, for the next year. Northbound trains should not be affected.

It will add up to six minutes to the morning commute.

Crews started demolishing the Purple Line express track over the weekend. The track will be reconstructed along with a new southbound station platform.

When it is finished, the Wilson station will serve as a transfer point between Red Line and Purple Pine express trains. It will be more accessible for disabled riders, and the old station house at the corner of Wilson and Broadway will be restored, according to CTA.

The $200 million project is expected to be finished in 2017. The Wilson station will remain open during the construction.


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