Updated 10/21/13 – 10:11 a.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — As the rebuilt Dan Ryan branch of the CTA’s Red Line got its first rush hour test Monday morning, commuters were giving a thumbs up to the faster, smoother rides between 95th Street and downtown.
The Red Line had been closed for five months south of the Roosevelt station, as crews completely replaced the steel rails, wooden ties, limestone ballast, signals, and drainage systems. Contractors delivered the five-month, $425 million project on schedule and under budget.
The south end of the Red Line reopened early Sunday, but its first big test was Monday morning’s rush. Red Line commuters were clearly pleased with the improved speeds and smoother rides.