'L' Service Back to Normal After Major Delays Frustrate Loop Commuters

By Kyla Gardner on December 7, 2012 5:44pm | Updated on December 7, 2012 7:54pm

CHICAGO — CTA “L” lines were "essentially" running on time again by 7:20 p.m. Friday after major delays frustrated travelers in the Loop during the busy Friday evening rush hour, a CTA spokesman said.

The Brown, Green, Orange, Purple and Pink Lines were affected by the delays, which started at 4:47 p.m. Slight delays were expected to persist until about 8 p.m.

The Purple Line Express was suspended for the evening, and the CTA recommended passengers travel via the Red Line and transfer to the Purple Line local, according to the CTA Twitter account.

Pink Line trains were switched to the outer tracks, meaning passengers will need to catch the train in the opposite side of the tracks from normal. The trains should be back to normal by Saturday afternoon, officials said.

The delays were due to switching problems on Loop tracks, causing Pink and Brown Line trains to be rerouted to outer tracks, a CTA spokeswoman said.

Reggie Thompson, 16, was traveling home from Phillips Academy High School when he faced delays on his Pink Line train to the Central Park stop in North Lawndale.

“I took a nap on the train but it was definitely noticeable,” he said. “It was an extra 25 to 30 minutes longer."

Clifford Sawyer, 61, noticed shorter delays during his commute to the Kedzie Pink line stop.

“I was at the State and Van Buren stop looking at the board and noticed that the train was marked as delayed for a good nine to 10 minutes,” he said.

Blue, Red, and Yellow line trains weren't affected by the delays, according to the CTA website.