The CTA is warning passengers to allow extra travel time -- and show great patience -- over the next few months as it improves tracks and installs new signals around Fullerton and Belmont stations.
The Tribune reports: "The CTA is replacing 11 crossovers and adding 11 in preparation of station work that will be done at the Belmont and Fullerton stops, said John Blum, the CTA's interface manager. The agency also is installing new signals.
"Though there have been some delays in that area, slowed and paused trains will increase in coming months as one or two tracks are temporarily taken out of service for the work, Blum said."
On Saturday it took me about 25 minutes to travel between Sheridan and Fullerton on the Red Line around noon. Workers were swarming the tracks southbound south of Belmont, and the Brown Line was using the Red Line track. Expect more of the same. The CTA says most work will be done during non-peak travel times and on three weekends to be determined.
The Brown Line expansion won't be complete until 2009.