The Red Line Trip Planner is aimed at helping commuters figure out their way around the 5-month track overhaul project slated to begin May 19. The project amounts to a gut rehab for everything from Chinatown-Cermak to 95th-Dan Ryan:
From just north of the Cermak-Chinatown station to the 95th Street station, crews will replace everything in the track bed: ties, rail, third rail, ballast (the stone material that holds the ties in place) and drainage systems. Some stations will also receive improvements ranging from new canopies, paint and lighting upgrades to new benches and bike racks. Additionally, the stations at Garfield, 63rd and 87th will get new elevators, making all stations on the South Side Red Line accessible.
The CTA is promising expanded shuttle bus and Green Line service to accomodate South Side commuters, though travel times and routes are still expected to cause delays and the need for more planning on route choices.