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Red Line South Branch To Re-Open Sunday

By Chuck Sudo in News on Oct 15, 2013 3:50PM

Photo courtesy Chicago Transit Authority

Good news from the Chicago Transit Authority: the south branch of the Red Line from 95th Street to Roosevelt Road will re-open to riders Oct. 20 with promises of shorter commutes and fewer breakdowns.

CTA long said the five-month long project had to happen to modernize a stretch of the agency’s busiest rail line, which hadn’t seen an overhaul since it opened in 1969. CTA conducted a test of the newly rebuilt section last Saturday with an eight-car test train of 5000-Series rail cars traveling for a round trip, reaching a maximum speed of 55 mph throughout the ride. The project is expected to reduce round trip travel times from Roosevelt Road to 95th Street by 20 minutes.

CTA also installed over 88,000 feet of new drainage systems to keep the line from being slowed down by inclement weather.