Red Line finally reopens

By LINDSAY WELBERS
Staff Writer

After a five-month shut down for reconstruction the south branch of the Red Line reopened Sunday.

A 10.2-mile-long stretch of tracks was completely demolished, rebuilt and replaced over a five-month period that caused riders on Chicago’s South Side to reroute via Metra, Green Line or bus services all summer.

The Chicago Transit Authority said doing the project in one large effort, as opposed to weekends-only over four years, saved $75 million and that money was reinvested by renovating eight stations, adding elevators and train tracking screens.

l.welbers@hpherald.com