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Brown, Red And Purple Lines Are Back Running After Morning Shutdown

By Kelly Bauer | August 15, 2017 7:52am | Updated on August 15, 2017 9:42am

CHICAGO — Service has started back up on Red, Brown and Purple line trains after it was down for several hours Tuesday morning.

The morning commute turned into a transit scramble on the North Side after the CTA was forced to stop service on the trains after a body was found on the tracks near Fullerton.

At 6:35 a.m., the body of a man was found on the tracks in the 900 block of West Fullerton Avenue near the Fullerton stop, police said. Officers think the man, who was in his 40s, killed himself.

Red Line service was stopped between Fullerton and North/Clybourn, according to the CTA. Purple Line express trains were stopped, with trains only moving between Linden and Howard.

Trains were only moving between the Howard and Belmont stations and between the 95th and North/Clybourn stations, according to the CTA.

As of 8 a.m., the Belmont station was flooded with people after trains were stopped on the Red, Brown and Purple lines. 

Lyft and Uber surge prices shot up Tuesday morning as riders scrambled to get off the trains, out of the packed stations and into ride shares.

Lyft was up 5.5 times. Uber 3.5 times the normal fare, according to a rider.

Service has resumed on all three lines as of 9:30 a.m.

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