Slow zone post update; Brown Line progress report
Some reader commenting on Monday's post about new 2008 Red Line slow zone work wondered when the CTA would finish the stretch between Sheridan and Wilson.
And, in fact, CTA President Ron Huberman called me last night because he said he read those comments. Huberman said he has regular CTA workers focusing on that stretch right now, and they should be done with the southbound portion by the end of the year. "I ride that stretch of the Red Line every day, so I am painfully aware of how slow it is," Huberman told me.
By "regular CTA workers," I mean these crews are not paid through funds from the FTA and RTA. Huberman earlier this year reallocated CTA resources to focus on slow zone work.
Sedgwick repairs done; Montrose and Addison to reopen. Months of construction at the Brown Line's Sedgwick station ended Monday with two new elevators and a longer platform as the results. Unlike other Brown Line stations, Sedgwick stayed open, although the entrance was moved to Hudson.
And within the next three weeks, the Montrose (Nov. 26) and Addison (Dec. 3) stations will reopen after yearlong shutdowns for reconstruction. They were closed Dec. 2, 2006. I have to give the CTA credit. They've stuck religiously to their announced schedule.
Next up for closures are the Damen and Irving Park stations.