Riders React to Red Line El Closure

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Terrence Woods, 16, and Frank Lewis, 14, arrive at the Sox-35th stop. They use the Red Line daily. (Photo/Sadé Carpenter)

By Sadé Carpenter

Red Line El riders are concerned about long travel delays and safety as the May 19 South Branch Reconstruction Project start date approaches.

Several riders said they fear a more chaotic commute, and some worry that additional bus and shuttle services won’t be enough to avoid a considerable inconvenience to Red Line passengers.

Frank Lewis, an Uplift Community High School student from Armour Square, takes the Red Line daily from Sox-35th. He said he travels to the Wilson stop to get to school. Lewis said he heard a month ago about the closure on the news, and is upset about the construction, he said.

“I feel bad for people who work far from home,” Lewis said. “How will they get to work?”

The Red Line Dan Ryan branch – Cermak-Chinatown through 95th/Dan Ryan – will be closed for five months, beginning May 19. During the closure, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will completely rebuild the tracks and drainage systems in order to provide speedier and more reliable service, according to the CTA website.

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