CHICAGO (CBS) — Riders have been warned for weeks, but apparently only now are some beginning to think about how they’ll get around, even though work to rebuild the Wells Street bridge over the Chicago River will cut off the Brown Line’s access to the Loop for 10 days.
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“I can swim,” joked one rider, named Rick. “One way or another it will work.”
CTA has hosted news conferences, put out press releases, posted a YouTube video, made loudspeaker announcements at stations, and erected detailed signs listing travel options. But WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts found that, for many, none of it has sunk in.
“All I heard about was a Red Line going to a Green Line and I haven’t heard about any Brown Line issues,” said student Maggie Mikula, who professed ignorance and said she had seen nothing, even though, as she spoke, she was less than five feet from a sandwich board sign detailing travel options for the construction period, which will run through March 11 and then occur again beginning April 26.