Switching problem fixed, residual delays on CTA possible in Loop
Sun-Times Media Wire May 24, 2012 6:27PM
Updated: May 24, 2012 7:15PM
A switching problem caused major delays for about an hour on numerous CTA lines Thursday evening in the Loop.
The CTA announced about 5:30 p.m. that switching problems at North Wells and West Lake streets had caused Purple Line trains to be rerouted.
By 6:10 p.m., the problem affected the Purple, Brown, Pink, Green and Orange lines, and the CTA described the delays as “major.”
Around 7 p.m., the CTA said it had corrected the problem and normal service had resumed, but residual delays were possible. The CTA noted trains and platforms may become crowded and cautioned passengers to stay away from the edges of platforms.
Brown and Purple Line trains operated on the same track, the CTA said. Pink Line trains operated only as far as the Ashland station. To continue Downtown, passengers had to transfer at the Ashland/Lake station to a 63rd Street-bound Green Line train.
To reach Pink Line stations south and west of the Ashland station, passengers had to take a Harlem-bound Green Line train to the Ashland station, then transfer to the Pink Line.