How the CTA will run eight-car Brown Line trains
This will provide 33% more capacity at a time when fewer train cars will be heading southbound during the morning rush due to single tracking at Belmont and Fullerton stations.
Here's how the CTA will be able to run eight-car trains.
- Close the Wellington and Paulina stations on March 30. They currently can accommodate just six car trains. Closures will last about a year.
- Reopen Southport and a termporary station at Diversey on March 30.
- Passengers will use a temporary Diversey station during the summer while work continues on new elevators and the stationhouse.
Let's face it: We all knew PAse 2 of three-tracking was coming this spring. What we didn't know was that some of that lost capacity due to fewer train runs southbound would be made up by the new eight-car Brown Line trains. So kudos to the CTA for pulling this off now.
But don't get complacent. There still will be less capacity. From the CTA Web site:
There are more than 40 bus routes that could be used as alternate transportation, including nine lakefront express routes that provide direct service to and from the Loop during rush periods. CTA will increase bus service on several routes: #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick, #22 Clark, #134 Stockton/LaSalle Express, #135 Clarendon/LaSalle Express, #147 Outer Drive Express, #148 Clarendon/Michigan Express and the #156 LaSalle. The CTA also recommends that riders consider other nearby bus routes or other CTA rail lines such as the Blue Line.
To the extent possible, the CTA recommends that riders plan to leave earlier or later, and allow extra travel time.