WBEZ | CTA closures http://www.wbez.org/tags/cta-closures Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en North Side Red Line could see similar major construction http://www.wbez.org/news/north-side-red-line-could-see-similar-major-construction-99828 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/redline-belmont.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The president of the Chicago Transit Authority says the North Side of the Red Line is next.</p><p>Earlier this week, Forrest Claypool announced the South Side portion of the Red Line will be completely shut down for five months next year for reconstruction.&nbsp;But Claypool says a similar project is in the works for North Side Red Line riders as well.</p><p>&quot;I got news for people,&quot; Claypool <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift-steve-edwards/2012-06-05/forrest-claypool-red-line-south-closure-plan-99825">said Tuesday on WBEZ&#39;s <em>Afternoon Shift</em></a>. &quot;The north Red Line has to be rebuilt as well. And we&#39;re not that many years away from that happening.&quot;</p><p>Claypool said he would not want to completely shut down the North Side Red Line.</p><p>He said the Red Line is longer on the North Side than on the South Side and construction would likely be staggered, rather than have the entire stretch closed at one time.</p><p>&quot;There clearly will be disruptions at that time, but at the end of the day years from now, assuming we get the proper federal support for that project, you will have literally a brand new railroad from the far northern suburbs to the very southern portions of the City of Chicago,&quot; he said.</p></p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 16:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/north-side-red-line-could-see-similar-major-construction-99828 'L' closures in history http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/l-closures-history-99803 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/skokie%20swift%20-Tripp-.jpg" title="The Skokie Swift line (Flickr/-Tripp-)" /></p><p>There was an immediate outcry when the Chicago Transportation Authority <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/cta-plan-calls-closure-red-lines-south-side-branch-99785">announced on Monday</a> that it would be closing the south branch of the red line for five months. Some were quick to point, however, that long term &quot;L&quot; closures are not unprecedented. Tuesday on<em>&nbsp;Eight Forty-Eight</em>&nbsp;WBEZ history blogger John Schmidt will take listeners back time on the CTA.&nbsp;</p><p>For example,&nbsp;when&nbsp;the Green Line was closed for a record 28 months in 1994, original plans called for it to&nbsp;have an east terminal&nbsp;at Dorchester Avenue. However, many in the community thought that the &quot;L&quot; structure was a blight on 63rd Street, and wanted the line cut back to Cottage Grove, or even King Drive.&nbsp;Due to community outcry, the line was ultimately truncated to a Cottage Grove terminal, and the tracks east of there were demolished in 1997.&nbsp;</p><p>And, even further back,&nbsp;the yellow line, which was opened by CTA&rsquo;s predecessor in 1925, was closed because of low ridership &nbsp;in 1948. By 1963, Skokie and the other suburbs were built up, so CTA reopened its old line to Dempster Street in April 1964. It was an express line called the Skokie Swift, and is still running as the Yellow Line. So, Schmidt says, you could say that this line had a <em>sixteen-year</em> service interruption.</p><p>Tune in to<em> Eight Forty-Eight</em>&nbsp;this morning for more fun CTA history tidbits, and to play Schmidt&#39;s history quiz:&nbsp;<strong>312.923.9239.</strong></p></p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 08:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/l-closures-history-99803