Red Line Reconstruction

File photo of a Blue Line train.  (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

City Plans Four-Year, $500M Renovation Of Blue Line To O’Hare

On the heels of a major overhaul of the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line, the CTA is planning a nearly half-billion-dollar upgrade of its second busiest train line: the Blue Line to O’Hare International Airport.


A Red Line train arrives at the 95th Street station on Oct. 20, 2013, the first day the south end of the Red Line reopened, following a five-month rebuild. (Credit: CBS)

Rebuilt Red Line South Gets First Rush Hour Test

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.


A CTA train. (CBS)

South End Of CTA Red Line Reopens

A relief for CTA passengers who travel to and from the South Side: The Red Line reconstruction project is over.


A CTA Red Line train pulls into the Cermak/Chinatown stop. (Credit: CBS)

Red Line South Reconstruction To Be Completed In Five Weeks

Reopening of the line is expected no later than Oct. 19.


The Red Line reconstruction project is three months in, more than halfway done. (Credit: Vince Gerasole/CBS)

Three Months In, Red Line Project Running On Schedule

Monday marks the three month mark in the CTA’s five-month effort to rebuild the Red Line South from the ground up.


The Red Line reconstruction project is three months in, more than halfway done. (Credit: Vince Gerasole/CBS)

CTA’s Massive Red Line Project Right On Track

Excuse the pun, but Red Line reconstruction is right on track.


Theaster Gates (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Chicago Artist Picked To Design Artwork For New 95th Street Terminal

A Chicago artist whose work has been featured around the world has been picked as the head of a major art project for the CTA.


Six weeks into a project to overhaul the entire Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line, crews work to replace tracks and upgrade the station at 47th Street. (Credit: CBS)

CTA’s Red Line South Rehab Running Smoothly

Six weeks in, the CTA Red Line South reconstruction project remains on schedule and on budget.

WBBM Newsradio–07/03/2013

A CTA shuttle bus drops off passengers who normally use the Red Line at the Garfield stop on the Green Line. Free shuttle buses are connecting CTA riders to the Green Line while the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line is shut down for a major reconstruction project. (Credit: CBS)

CTA: Red Line Work Going Well, But More Riders Should Use Shuttle Buses

The CTA said the first week of the Red Line South Reconstruction Project has gone smoothly, but it can go even smoother if riders follow a few suggestions.

CBS Chicago–05/28/2013

CTA riders prepare to board a Red Line train running on the Green Line tracks at the Garfield station on May 20, 2013, after the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line was shut down for a five-month track replacement project. (Credit: CBS)

CTA Commuters Get First Rush Hour Test Of Red Line South Shutdown

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 shuttle buses or other alternate routes on the South Side.

CBS Chicago–05/20/2013

A CTA Red Line train pulls into the Cermak/Chinatown stop. (Credit: CBS)

Five-Month Shutdown Looming For South End Of CTA Red Line

It’s almost the end of the line for Red Line service on the South Side ahead of a massive construction project slated to begin on Sunday.

CBS Chicago–05/17/2013

A CTA train. (CBS)

Red Line Rehab Will Force 98,000 CPS Students To Find New Route To School

Nearly 100,000 Chicago Public Schools students would have to find a new way to get to class starting next week, once the CTA shuts down the south end of the Red Line for a major track overhaul.


Street vendor Donald Hatley works amid traffic on 87th Street near the Dan Ryan Red Line. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Red Line Reconstruction Work Could Force Street Vendors To Move Shop

When the reconstruction of the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line begins Sunday, it could have a ripple effect on people who make their livings selling items on the street near CTA stations on the South Side.

WBBM Newsradio–05/15/2013

A CTA train. (CBS)

Red Line Riders Get Set For 5-Month Construction Project: ‘It’s Going To Be Crazy’

One set of CTA ‘L’ riders waved construction hassles goodbye Monday as another braced for the May 19 start of one of the largest reconstruction projects in CTA history.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel shakes hands with one of 36 new CTA bus drivers who started work on Oct. 15, 2012. The CTA is hiring 400 new bus drivers in time for the overhaul of the south branch of the Red Line next year. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya, WBBM)

CTA Hiring Hundreds Of New Bus Drivers Ahead Of Red Line Overhaul

Three dozen new bus drivers have graduated from the CTA training program, in preparation for next year’s massive Red Line reconstruction project.

WBBM Newsradio–10/15/2012

Much of the steel track, wooden rail ties, and ballast -- stones used to hold the rails and ties firmly in place -- are badly deteriorated along the Dan Ryan branch of the CTA Red Line, after 43 years of use. (Credit: CBS)

CTA Going All Out To Ensure South Side Residents Get Work On Red Line Rebuild

The Chicago Transit Authority is taking extraordinary steps to make sure that South Side residents have a good shot at the jobs to be created the Red Line’s tracks are rebuilt through that area.

CBS Chicago–07/24/2012