Purple Line Express Will Be Suspended This Spring

The CTA will suspend Purple Line Express service for two 9-day periods in early March and late April while crews reconstruct the Wells Street Bridge over the Chicago River.

Purple Line riders can expect a slower commute for much of this spring, when the CTA suspends express service on the route for construction on the Wells Street Bridge.

Purple Line express service will be suspended from March 1 through 11 and again from April 26 to May 1, according to a statement from the CTA. Crews from the Chicago Department of Transportation will use that time to rebuild parts of the 90-year-old bridge, while CTA crews will simultaneously replace the tracks. 

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During that period, Purple Line local service will continue as regularly scheduled between Linden and Howard, but commuters must transfer to the Red Line at Howard Street, according to the CTA

Because the bridge construction will also necessitate suspension of Brown Line service during the same time periods, the CTA is warning commuters that the Red Line will likely be very crowded at that time.

“CTA strongly encourages its customers to plan ahead for longer commutes by leaving earlier, changing travel patterns or considering alternative service,” the agency said in a statement on its website

To find out more about how the track work and bridge reconstruction will affect service, visit the CTA website.

Mayre Press February 11, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Wish you had written a better headline. My first reaction was that the service suspension was permanent. A better header would have been: Purple Line Express Due for Temporary Suspension or something with "temporary" in the header.
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Sorry for any confusion, Mayre! It's my understanding that "suspended" means a temporary cessation of activity.
millie February 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM
according to article I read it's two ( Day periods first to start March 1. Evanston to Howard will run
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Sounds like you read that right, James. The CTA is saying service will be suspended for two 9-day periods.
Jerome Wilson February 12, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Headlines are suppose to get your attention and yours did I ain't mad
lucas February 12, 2013 at 02:53 PM
I agree Jerome. Sounded like the Purple Line was gone for good


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