Three-track Hell, Part 2? Only time will tell
Phase 2 of the CTA's three-tracking project begins Sunday, March 30. Time will tell how disruptive it will be to the morning commutes.
Phase 1 was somewhat painful, but not quite as bad as was predicted. Some suggest the evening commute is spread out over more hours than the morning commute, which is why there's more angst over Phase 2.
For the record, all Red, Brown and Purple Line trains will share one track at Belmont and Fullerton stations southbound starting Monday for about a year. Four fewer Red Line trains will operate during the morning rush period. Also, four fewer Brown Line trains will run during that time, but capacity on the Brown Line should be about the same since all Brown Line trains will run eight cars during peak hours starting March 30.
Also, additional southbound Red Line trains will be staged south of Fullerton to provide more capacity into the Loop. However, that won't help people on the mid-North Side get on packed and scarcer Red line trains.
Also Sunday, Southport and Diversey stations on the Brown Line will open. Wellington and Paulina will close.
I will be timing my Red Line commute to see how much worse it is. You can post your stories here in this thread.