According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is backing the five-month South Side CTA Red Line shutdown as the best option, saying the alternative of weekend-only shutdowns would lead to four years of inconveniences for riders and using more taxpayer money. By pursuing this option, the CTA will save an estimated $75 million.
* The Chicago Tribune reported the CTA announced the shutdown will be part of a $425 million project that includes closing approximately 10 miles of tracks and nine CTA Red Line stations in 2013, extending from the Cermax-Chinatown station to the 95th Street station.
* Extensive and much-needed repairs will include installing new steel rails, ties and ballasts, as well as improving drainage systems throughout the South Side Red Line route.
* WLS added the CTA has said the project will lead to faster travel times, shaving 20 minutes for the commute between 95th Street to Roosevelt Road, and make the routes more reliable for the some-50,000 riders who rely on the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line.
* Riders initially expressed concern over commutes and the Chicago White Sox were also caught by surprise since the US Cellular Field stop will be closed and could impact fans attending games.
* The CTA expects the project to create hundreds of jobs.
* In support for the shutdown plans, Mayor Emanuel emphasized South Side riders will be given access to free shuttle bus services.
* They will also get discounted fares at 50 cents off on CTA bus rides and a faster ride to the Green Line than if they had take the Red Line.
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