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Free 'L' transfer between Washington Blue Line, Lake Red Line stops

Starting Sunday, CTA riders will be able to transfer for free between the Lake Red Line and Washington Blue Line stations, the CTA announced Wednesday.

CTA riders with a farecard currently pay 25 cents, the standard transfer fare, to travel between the stations using the pedway in the lower level of the Block 37 shopping center.

The CTA has long talked about making this a free transfer point for riders. The CTA said it is making this change in correlation with the southern Red Line project, during which the CTA will close stations south of Roosevelt Road for five months to overhaul track.

"President Claypool recognized that it was an inconvenience for customers to not have this be a free transfer location and asked that it be changed as soon as possible," CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinksi told RedEye. "In an effort to be fiscally responsible and make best use of limited resources, CTA made this change to coincide with a much larger project."

CTA riders at the Washington Blue Line station used to be able to transfer for free through a tunnel to the Red Line when the Washington Red Line station was open. The CTA closed that station indefinitely in 2006 during Block 37 construction.

A farecard is required for pedway transfer. Riders without a farecard can transfer between the Red and Blue lines for free at the Jackson stop.

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