Chicago’s CTA Yellow Line makes long ride back, ready to restart service

October 29, 2015

The roughly 10-minute dash on the CTA Yellow Line is almost back.

Yellow Line service is set to finally resume a couple of hours before sunrise on Friday after a 5 1/2-month shutdown triggered by a construction misstep, but riders will likely return to the express trains on their own timetable.Website Insert Faster is Better copy

 The CTA is trying to encourage a ridership resurgence on its shortest route that carries the fewest riders among all eight CTA rail lines by offering free rides on the Yellow Line through Nov. 6 for passengers boarding at the Dempster Street and Oakton Street stations in Skokie.

Riders entering at Howard Street will be charged the regular $2.25 fare, although people transferring from the Red and Purple lines at Howard will continue to pay nothing extra, officials said. Free parking will also be provided at the Dempster park-and-ride lot through the end of the year.

The re-establishment of service was forced to wait until roughly 1,200 feet of embankment and tracks were rebuilt on the property of a waste treatment plant in Skokie. The embankment collapsed May 17 amid a construction project adjacent to the tracks.

Chicago Tribune reporter John Hilkevitch has the full story by clicking here. Some readers may need a free registration to read the story.

 

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