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Casual Divvy Use Doubles On Tuesday After Trains Stopped During The Morning

By Kelly Bauer | August 15, 2017 3:09pm
 Divvy bikes saw a surge in use among
Divvy bikes saw a surge in use among "casual" customers on Tuesday.
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DOWNTOWN — Stranded CTA "L" passengers didn't just swarm Uber and Lyft Tuesday morning, they also dashed for Divvy bikes in big numbers.

Divvy use more than doubled among "casual" customers as commuters scrambled to find a way to work Tuesday. The surge came as Brown, Red and Purple Line trains were halted from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. after a body was found on the tracks near Fullerton.

Divvy saw 113 percent more rides by 2 p.m. than it did during the same time last week, according to the bike sharing service.

Among members who pay a regular fee to use the service, there were 14 percent more trips than last Tuesday. Divvy saw almost 5,000 trips among members compared to 4,310 last week.

Overall, Divvy saw a 19 percent spike in trips during the morning, with more than 5,400 trips.

That's similar to what's happened in the past: Last year, shutdowns on the CTA led to a 20 percent spike in Divvy use.