CTA Train Service in Chicago's River North Disrupted Due to Power Loss

Commuters trying to get out of downtown Chicago could potentially see some serious delays on Tuesday evening, as a power failure is impacting train service in River North and the Loop.

According to the latest update from the CTA, Purple Line express service has been stopped between Howard and the Loop due to a loss of track power near the Merchandise Mart.

The agency is urging riders to use the Red Line as an alternate form of transportation.

Brown Line service has also been suspended between Armitage and the Loop because of the power outages. The Red Line can provide service in the impacted areas, and lakefront express buses are also available, the agency says.

The Chicago Fire Department says it is working to evacuate a Brown Line train near Wells and Wacker, with the power outage keeping the train from reaching a platform.

Several hundred passengers were on the stopped train, with the fire department reporting no medical issues among those evacuated.

Earlier issues on the Green, Orange and Pink Lines near the Clark/Lake stop have been resolved, according to the agency's system status snapshot tool.

There is no immediate word on when service will return to normal. We will update this story with details as they become available.

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