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CTA Changes Course, Says Addison Red Line Stop Will Be Open For Cubs Opener

By Chuck Sudo in News on Apr 4, 2014 2:00PM

Photo credit: Mel

In a sudden about face, Chicago Transit Authority announced that planned track work that "had to be done" at the Addison Red Line station will in fact be postponed, allowing Cubs fans taking the northbound Red Line to today's home opener to exit the trains and get their drink on without having to walk a couple extra blocks.

CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski told RedEye's Tracy Swartz Thursday track maintenance work would prevent northbound trains from stopping at the station from 10:50 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. Hosinski later told Swartz a clerical error led to an alert being sent out that the station would be closed. Swartz noted 15,000 people exited the Addison station for last year's home opener.

The alert led to much hand-wringing by Cubs fans who may not have realized they had other options to get to Wrigley Field, such as exiting the Red Line at the Sheridan and Belmont stations, the Addison and Southport Brown line stations or bus routes. While you're grousing, Cubbie Nation, let us remind you White Sox fans had no access to the 35th Street Red Line station all of last season while CTA was rebuilding the Red Line south branch.

The beer will still be there, regardless of when you arrive.