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Chicago cold snarls CTA commute

By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz

RedEye

9:07 AM CST, January 6, 2014

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Chicagoans were weathering their sub-zero commute this morning amid reported delays on the CTA.

Michael Shoshani of West Ridge boarded a Red Line train at the Howard stop so he could switch to the Brown Line at Belmont. At the Sheridan stop, at about 8:30 a.m., the operator said the train was going out of service.

The train was evacuated for a few minutes and then reboarded, Shoshani said. The train was standing- room-only. Others complained about the evacuation on Twitter.

Shoshani, 48, called it an "overwhelming morning."

On its Twitter feed, the CTA reported individual problems with each line except for the Pink Line. The Purple Line was the hardest hit the morning as service was suspended at about 6 a.m., and shuttle service was implemented. The line was up and running by 7 a.m., with delays.

At 7:30 a.m., the CTA said trains were experiencing 10- to 15-minute delays.

Sean Sullivan, 29, said he checked the CTA Twitter feed for delays before venturing out from his Bucktown home at about 6:45 a.m.

He said he waited nine minutes for a Blue Line train to Clark/Lake that was near typical capacity. He kept warm by waiting in a building by the Western (O'Hare) stop.

He thanked the CTA on his Twitter feed: "Good job in miserable conditions."

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