CHICAGO (CBS) — Free!
When the CTA’s Yellow Line reopens Friday, for the first time since a May 17th embankment collapse, riders for the first eight days will pay nothing.
It’s part of an aggressive campaign rebuild ridership on the line. CTA also will provide free parking for riders at its Dempster terminal through year’s end. CTA is also doing outreach, going door-to-door in Skokie to urge people to use the line.
A reopening ceremony will take place at approximately 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Oakton-Skokie station, featuring local dignitaries who will be riding on the CTA’s historic fleet cars, retired earlier this year, as well as its two newest rapid transit cars, delivered to CTA last month and held out of service until now.
Skokie Swift trains carried 2,900 riders a day before the collapse. A CTA spokesman generously said that ridership on free but far slower shuttle buses employed since the May collapse carried about half that number each weekday.
Regular ‘L’ service will resume with the regularly-scheduled 4:45 a.m. departure from Howard Friday, returning from Dempster-Skokie at 5 a.m. The bus shuttles will be discontinued after the last runs Thursday night.