July 12, 2002

Green Line trains will operate with six cars throughout both morning and afternoon rush periods starting Monday, July 15. Longer trains will be in service leaving all three terminals between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. weekday mornings, and heading out from downtown between 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. weekday afternoons.

With the rehabilitation of about half the rail cars in the CTA fleet now nearing completion, more cars are available for service, allowing Green Line trains to operate with six cars for two hours longer than at present. Green Line trains currently run with six cars for only about one hour during both morning and afternoon rush periods. For most of the day four cars are sufficient to accommodate average customer loads.

The Green Line runs along the Lake and Wabash sides of the Loop. The Lake Street branch terminates at Harlem in Oak Park. On the South Side, trains operate to terminals at East 63rd-Cottage Grove and Ashland/63rd.

Customers took a million more rides on Green Line trains in 2001 than in 1993, which was the last full year of service before the line was closed for two years of rehabilitation. Ridership on the Lake Street branch alone grew by more than 52 percent between 1993 and 2001. Annual ridership for the Green Line as a whole reached 9,455,726 last year.

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