Updated 05/20/13 – 10:16 a.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — CTA officials said so far, so good on the first weekday of the five-month project to shut down the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line, forcing tens of thousands of commuters to use free shuttle buses or other alternate routes on the South Side.
CTA Board Chairman Terry Peterson said “so far this morning, bus and rail has continued to operate smoothly” as the CTA got its first test of rush hour service after closing the south end of the Red Line for the next five months to replace the tracks.
Peterson said CTA workers would be at every Red Line station on Monday to answer commuters’ questions and provide them with information on alternative service.
CTA President Forrest Claypool said shuttle buses had ample room on Sunday, when the project started, but were expected to be more crowded on Monday.
“Overall, our alternative service and operations plan went smoothly, and most customers had a fairly smooth time navigating the changes,” Claypool said.
The Red Line has been shut down south of the Roosevelt station. Instead, Red Line trains will run on Green Line tracks from Roosevelt to 63rd Street. Free shuttle buses will take riders who normally use the Red Line from Red Line stops south of 63rd Street to the Garfield stop on the Green Line, for free train rides downtown.