DOWNTOWN — A damaged track on the Red Line left some people trapped underground for more than an hour while others faced major delays.
The rail was "partially damaged," though officials are not sure how, according to a CTA spokesman, who said that it is being repaired.
The issue meant some people were trapped underground for an hour or had to be evacuated, while others said they had been delayed. Everyone had been able to get off the trains by 10:30 a.m.
In the meantime, 95th/Dan Ryan-bound trains were be rerouted to the elevated lines between the Fullerton and Cermak-Chinatown stops, according to a CTA news release. Travelers were warned to plan for trips to take longer than usual. The reroute is only for southbound trains; northbound trains experienced no interruptions.
Trains stopped at Fullerton and then made these stops at elevated stations:
• Chicago (at Franklin)
• Merchandise Mart
The trains stopped at Cermak-Chintatown and then made all normal stops.
Starting off my day by being stuck on the Red line for over 40 minutes...still waiting @cta— Katie Watt (@katiewaaaatt) August 16, 2016
Going backwards now on a red line train. Thank you god so bloody much. @ctared— Jennie Fauls (@ThatJennie) August 16, 2016
@cta On red line stuck underground. How much longer will you be holding us here?— Charlotte Woolard (@ChWoolard) August 16, 2016
Standing on the red line for the last 50 minutes trapped underground. pic.twitter.com/NrcdRFOzYr— Jackie McC (@JackieMAAII) August 16, 2016
Been stuck on the @cta red line for an hour. This is outrageous. Taking a break from public transpo after today till further notice.— Becky Gonz (@BeckyGonz1) August 16, 2016
Shoutout to the @cta for being a complete joke this morning....over an hour delay on red line and now kicking us out for busses? smh— Adam Crouch (@Crouchies) August 16, 2016
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