CTA finishes Red Line subway slow zone work early
The final Red Line subway slow zone repairs were finished this week, about a month earlier than schedule, a CTA spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.
Trains are now running full speed between Clark/Division and North/Clybourn. We've noticed the northbound trains have been traveling at full speed for about two weeks. But it was just Thursday morning that I noticed my train southbound was zooming along that stretch, including on the curves.
Noelle Gaffney, CTA spokesperson, said the main work was finished this week. "We still have some clean-up work to do so we expect to still have single track/over the top routing for the Red Line subway some weeknights (usually Mondays) for the next few weeks," she said. She also mentioned that the CTA now has lowered slow zones to under 10% of track -- down substantially from last year's high of 22.5%.
Perhaps now the CTA can redeploy those workers to the slow zones north of Thorndale to Loyola. But in the meantime, congrats to the CTA for the good, quick work.