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CTA opens line, adds trains for west side riders


Last weekend, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) launched service on the Pink Line and began operating more trains on the Forest Park branch of the Blue Line.

To be tested for six months, the Pink Line is an additional 22-station route on the 54th/Cermak branch of the Blue Line that will provide direct service to Chicago’s downtown Loop. Trains will make all stops along the 54th/Cermak branch to Polk Street station, then cross the Eisenhower Expressway and travel along the Paulina connector to the Green Line elevated tracks. Trains then will stop at Ashland and Clinton stations before traveling into the loop.

Meanwhile, the authority increased headways on the Forest Park branch of the Blue Line from every 15 minutes to every seven-and-a-half minutes during weekday rush periods.

The Pink Line launch and Blue Line changes are part of planned service improvements for Chicago’s west side and west suburbs.

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