It’s been about a month since the reopening of the Red Line South, so it seemed like a good time to check on how the line has been running since its renovation.
During construction, the five month, $425 million dollar project shut down the 10-mile stretch of Red Line from Chinatown/Cermak south to 95th Street.
In that time, crews replaced over 65,000 railroad ties and 195,000 tons of ballast to eliminate slow zones and provide a smoother ride.
The early word is that things are looking good.
Active Trans board member Anne Alt takes the Red Line South once or twice a week, but started avoiding it six months before the repair because of slow service and a bumpy ride.
“I was experiencing trip times as long as 45-50 minutes between Cermak and 95th,” Alt...