Construction to revamp the Red Line's southern branch began Sunday, making today the first business day for travelers who will be trying to navigate around the total closure of the southern end of the Red Line.
Red Line from Cermak to 95th Street will be closed for five months.
The temporary closure is expected to impact more than 80,000 South Side
commuters who ride the 'L' on each weekday.
Authority President Forrest Claypool said parts of the 44-year-old Red
Line have deteriorated, and trains could not go more than 15 m.p.h. on
some stretches of the track.
The Red Line South construction is expected to wrap up by October 19.
the construction is finished, South Side riders' typical 30- to
40-minute commute from 95th St. to downtown will be 10 minutes faster.
During construction, free rides on shuttle buses near the four farthest south Red
Line stops will bring commuters to the Green Line's Garfield Station, where
all rides will be free during the five-month project.
Bus routes near the South Side Red Line will be discounted and run more frequently.
Commuters can also buy Metra-CTA or Metra-CTA-Pace five-day packages at various CTA retail outlets.