Red Line

The Red Line is in the news today. No the CTA isn’t thinking of shutting down any stations for major repairs (of course that’s always a possibility). They are thinking of reinstituting their policy of “A” and “B” stops, which was in effect from 1948 until 1995.

From the Chicago Tribune, “A reasonably healthy person can get to downtown Chicago from the North Side more quickly riding a bicycle than taking the Red Line, which often takes more than an hour.”

Will the skip-stops save you any time? Do you try to avoid the Red Line because of the slow travel times?

4 Comments so far

  1. Scott (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 8:58 pm

    Hm. The way I read it, columnist John Hilkevitch was the one suggesting the reinstatement of skip-stop service on the Red Line, and the CTA is saying it’s not likely to happen. It’s worth considering, but the column didn’t make me think the CTA is actually considering it.

  2. Bill V (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 8:25 am

    Yes, this article is more about the thoughts of Mr. Hilkevitch. But since I saw it in the paper and on the internet and also a blurb on TV I figure at least it’s something that’s being talked about. I’ve been on the red line a fair amount this summer and it’s pretty darn slow, and I usually jump at the Belmont stop. Usually I just wish I had my bike.

  3. kidder (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 12:07 pm

    The A/B stops were a huge pain in the ass for those people who coudln’t navigate the el or weren’t familiar with it. I was in high school and college at the time and rode the blue line regularly which didn’t have such stops, so when I ventured to the red line occasionally, I always had difficulty and was often lost and confused (I like to blame that on the red line). It is easy peasy if you are familiar with the Red Line and the stops along there. The stops are very close together and it’s easy enough to walk from one to the next if you are at the wrong stop. But it can be VERY confusing and inconvenient and a pain in the ass.

  4. marge (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 10:01 am

    the red line is super slow!! i was just in washington, d.c. and loved their fast trains. (i know the cta is old and the d.c. metro is pretty new). i try to avoid the north section of the red line because it is so frustrating to creep around corners and then stop for a few minutes between stops, creep up a little more, and then stop. sometimes i think people are walking faster than the train.

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