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No Cringing At Subway Noise This Weekend!

By Alicia Dorr in News on Nov 16, 2006 4:00PM

Last week, we happened to be on that Red Line train to nowhere. We didn't even get angry when we heard the conductor say, "Everyone off the train, no train, no train, etc.." We wondered idly as we left the platform to find some equivelant bus downtown if it was fated that we be on that train. Because, seriously? It doesn't take much to irritate us when it comes to our city's fine public transportation.

But the world moved on. With the CTA's announcement of its new budget - for which they definitely need more money - we retain a l.jpg little patience for the authority, understanding that the outrageous amounts of funding still needed for the capital budget is linked to the daily operating budget because if the lines work better, then there is less day to day stalling, beeping and evacuating. Ok, we're still breathing.

That's why we'll be tolerant this weekend when the Red Line effs up our entire world for two days. Our sorry no-car-havin' ass will get up extra early or leaving extra late as the Red Line will be running above ground during certain hours this weekend. Due to construction, the northbound trains will be in the Loop from 8 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday, stopping at Roosevelt, Adams, Randolph, State and Lake, Clark and Lake and Merchandise Mart. Southbound trains will do the same from 11 p.m. Saturday to 1 p.m. Sunday.

We don't know how this will affect the ride for your butt cheeks, but we do know you should allow some extra time if you're planning on riding the trains during those hours.

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