Wait till after Spring Break for the real hell
Comments on this blog and media reports indicate that all hell really did NOT break loose on the CTA after the three-tracking project began Monday. But just wait till Chicago public school kids and their parents return from their Spring Break this week. Then let's see how things go.
Both my commutes were fairly pain-free Monday. The morning commute was fine, the usual 40 minutes south on the Red Line from Morse to Grand. The trip back north after work was 50 minutes -- not too bad, but it definitely strained at the three-track pressure points.
First, the train was nowhere near full at 5:05 when I boarded at Grand. Perhaps people really did find alternate routes. But it took me 25 minutes to move from North and Clybourn to Belmont. That's highly unusual.
The worst part was the trip from North to Fullerton (15 minutes) as we queued up behind the Brown and Purple Line trains to share the one tracking heading into the Fullerton station.
(Oh, and hey, Frank: When you are you gonna complete the roof canopy over the new platform at Fullerton? I can hardly wait for a really rainy day to see the look on my fellow passengers' faces.)
But I think the most annoying part was hearing the new automated announcement about the Brown Line project delays at least four times in 15 minutes. I don't think I can take that for the next two-plus years.
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