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Blue Line Branch Closing

by User ImageMatt B on March 14th, 2008

cta trainsRon Huberman, the president of the Chicago Transit Authority, stated that the CTA plans to eliminate the 54th/Cermak branch of the Blue Line, beginning April 27. The CTA declares low ridership on these West Side trains as the reason.

Fortunately, the new Pink Line covers most of this branch. However, there are three stops which the Pink Line doesn't service: Racine, UIC-Halsted, and Clinton. Therefore, people who used to take the Blue Line (54th/Cermak) east to these destinations will now have to (a) use the Pink Line, get off at Polk, and take a bus the rest of the way or (b) catch a bus to the Forest Park branch of the Blue Line.

While many commuters are not happy about this change, the CTA does plan on adding extra service to the Green Line, Pink Line, and what's left of the Blue Line, as well as buses in the affected areas.

Photo credit: CTA

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