Lights Out For Cermak Blue Line

March 12, 2008

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The Chicago Transit Authority will soon cut Blue Line service between Chicago and Cicero. It's part of a test to improve commute times, but one transit advocacy group says it's not worth it.

The Blue and Pink Lines share some track between downtown and the village of Cicero. The CTA figures if it cuts Blue Line service, riders will hop Pink Line trains; however, the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization says some Blue Line riders will lose out.

Organizer Michael Pitula says only the Blue Line reaches the University of Illinois at Chicago.

PITULA: There are people who lament the absence of Blue Line trains on the Douglas Cermak/54th They're having to transfer more to get where they ordinarily would have gone at UIC or to get to and from the North Side.

CTA officials say they'll add buses to the University of Illinois area to compensate.

Blue Line service to Cicero will end on April 27—it will stay offline for at least six months.

I'm Shawn Allee, Chicago Public Radio.

Unfiltered: Excerpt about the plan from the CTA's March 12 Board Meeting