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Plan Accordingly: Red Line Trains Between Belmont and Addison Will Be Replaced By Shuttle Buses This Weekend

The Red Line Service will be suspended between the two stops so crews can install steel framework for the Red-Purple Bypass project.

Steel framework for the Red-Purple Bypass was installed in November 2020.
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LAKEVIEW — Shuttle buses will replace CTA Red Line service between the Addison and Belmont stops for the next two weekends.

Service between the two Red Line stops will be suspended from 10 p.m. Friday through 4 a.m. Monday so crews can install structural steel for the planned Red-Purple Bypass. The closures will repeat Jan. 15–18, according to the CTA.

Red Line trains will run from Howard to Addison and Belmont to 95th Street, according to the CTA. Free shuttle buses will connect the two routes.

Riders can catch the shuttle buses at the northwest corner of Addison Street and Wilton Avenue, or on Belmont in front of the eastbound #77 stop, according to the CTA.

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The Red-Purple bypass will allow Northbound Brown Line trains to completely avoid the Red and Purple line tracks by creating a bridge just north of the Belmont CTA station.

The Red-Purple Bypass project includes a flyover bridge that would allow Red and Purple line trains to more efficiently skirt the Brown Line tracks in Lakeview.

Currently, northbound Brown Line trains intersect with the four tracks used by northbound and southbound Red and Purple line trains. But the bypass would give the Brown Line its own dedicated rail line above the other tracks, reducing delays.

The Red-Purple Bypass is expected to be completed by June, but it’s only part of the CTA’s larger $2 billion Red and Purple Modernization project, a four-year renovation of nearly 10 miles of train tracks on the North Side.

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Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.

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