Track Work to Interrupt Red, Blue Line Service

Meanwhile, the agency is getting grants to improve bus service

By Sandra Torres
|  Monday, Oct 4, 2010  |  Updated 1:39 PM CDT
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Getting home after a late-night in the city could get tougher this week while the Chicago Transit Authority conducts track work on a number of lines.  

Crews are expected to perform repair and maintenance work along the Blue and Red line tracks this week, according to the Chicago Tribune, and that work will lead to delays and service disruptions.

The CTA says a single track operation will be in effect for Blue line trains at the Pulaski and Cicero stations beginning Tuesday and running through Friday from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Additionally, Red line trains will be re-routed until Friday to operate on the southbound to 95th/Dan Ryan tracks at the 47th street station from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m

Meanwhile, the CTA could avoid future delays thanks to $37.4 million in federal grants meant to help improve the agency's bus fleet.

About $32 million of the grants will go to rehab facilities for heavy maintenance on buses, and the rest of the funds will help install a new system to keep track of bus equipment, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Senator Dick Durbin( D-Ill) tells the Chicago Tribune that the U.S Department of Transportation is providing the funding as part of a $58.9 million grant for mass transit in Illinois.

The U-S Department of Transportation will also fund other programs in Illinois such as the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District, and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

For more information, visit www.transitchicago.com

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