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CleavWilliams talks about how shut down L’s Red Line from Cermak Road 95th for five months will affect her daily

Cleavon Williams talks about how the shut down of the L’s Red Line from Cermak Road to 95th for five months will affect her daily commute. Monday, June 4, 2012 | Brian Jackson~Chicago Sun-Times

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Updated: July 7, 2012 8:32AM



“I use the train to get to my job at Burger King at 79th and King Drive. I work at all hours. If the trains shut down, that’s going to put me in a bad situation. I can’t afford to take cabs. I’m afraid that if I’m dependent on buses I’ll be late. I don’t like it.”

Jasmine Lyles, 21,
Washington Park“The South Side is already shafted by the CTA. You can’t get any East-West buses after midnight and the Green Line shuts down at 1 a.m. You don’t see that on the North Side. ... Now they want to shut down the system? Why can’t they find another solution like they do when they fix the Brown Line or the [parts of the] Red Line serving North Siders?”

Bruce Taylor, 53, Englewood“I take this train several days a week to visit my family and my girlfriend, who all live on the South Side. I don’t like the fact that they’re going to shut it down that long. It’s going to be a drag trying to find another route. Can you imagine how congested those shuttle buses are going to be?”

Cleavon Williams, 47,
Rogers Park

“I’m a homecare worker and I use the Red Line mostly to go downtown to turn in my timesheets. I guess I’ll just ride the bus instead. It doesn’t really bother me. Train or bus, it doesn’t really make any difference: they both take just as long.”

Dale Jones, 54, Marquette Park “I take the Red Line all day every day to get to my job at Popeyes and to get to Calumet High School. What on Earth am I going to do? I can’t get to work or school without the train. If I have to rely on these shuttles, it’s going to mean setting out earlier, because you know they’re not going to be on time, trying to move all those people.”

Jessica Beal, 18, Roseland



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