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Divvy Usage Spiked 20 Percent After CTA's Massive Train Shutdown Tuesday

By Kelly Bauer | June 22, 2016 12:37pm
 There wasn't a Divvy to be had at this station at Wacker and Wabash Tuesday evening.
There wasn't a Divvy to be had at this station at Wacker and Wabash Tuesday evening.
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DOWNTOWN — A gas leak in the South Loop led to headaches for CTA riders on Tuesday — well, for riders who weren't quick enough to get to a Divvy bike.

Divvy saw a spike amid the CTA delays, with riders taking 18,197 trips on Tuesday, said Divvy general manager Elliot Greenberger.

That's a nearly 20 percent increase over the 15,181 trips Divvy has averaged on weekdays this June.

""As Chicagoans, we're lucky to have transportation options. We know that Divvy riders, like all Chicagoans, are constantly weighing time, convenience, and cost to decide how to get from Point A to Point B," Greenberger said. "Ultimately, we choose different modes of transit based on that moment's needs and circumstances — in this case, train delays."

The gas leak started at 4 p.m. and led to the CTA having to halt trains. Commuters filled stations and stood in long lines Downtown. It was announced that service would resume after 5 p.m. with residual delays — which last well into the evening.

"We definitely hope that people who tried Divvy for the first time yesterday found out how easy and convenient it is and that they'll consider making Divvy a regular part of how they get around the city," Greenberger said. 

A gas leak in the South Loop caused major CTA delays. [DNAinfo/David Matthews]

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