Personal three-tracking scorecard: not too bad
Personally, my commutes during the first week of southbound three-tracking were not so terrible. On average, my commute took about 3-4 minutes longer than previously. It used to take me about 35 minutes to go from Morse to Grand on the Red Line. Here are the results:
Monday, March 31: Morning North Side meeting disrupted usual commute.
Tuesday: April 1: 37 minutes total; 11 minutes between Addison and Fullerton.
Wednesday, April 2: 36 minutes; 10 minutes between Addison and Fullerton.
Thursday, April 3: 40 minutes; 13 minutes between Addison and Fullerton.
Friday, April 4: 41 minutes; 13 minutes between Addison and Fullerton.
And Friday was the only day I timed the commute going home. That was a mere 30 minutes.
I suspect that because my commute is early, my delay may not be as bad as others who may leave at 8 am. So I'd like to hear how it's been for others.
The motormen/women were always informative in keeping us up-to-date on what was going on. One woman even announced the run number a few times "for those who might need a late slip."
Also, on Friday, a passenger in another car complained that the announcements were too loud. The motorwoman duly reported it, and announced that the CTA would try to fix it at Belmont. There were so many CTA attendants at Belmont that they found someone who knew how to fix working on the Belmont platform. So he boarded on my car, and tossed two people out of the Hobo Corner so he could adjust the volume.
He tinkered with it between Belmont and Fullerton, and the complainers were happy with the results. Unfortunately, those of us on other cars could barely hear the announcements. But hey, good effort at being responsive to customer complaints.