The Chicago Transit Authority is promising a speedier commute to the Loop from Evanston by the end of the year.

The improved service will result from the completion of work to increase capacity on the Brown Line.

While that work has been underway, Brown, Red and Purple line trains have been forced to share three tracks at the Belmont station.

The return to four-track operation, scheduled for Dec. 29, will also let the CTA return the Purple Line Evanston Express service to its normal clockwise route through the Loop.

CTA officials say that will give commuters a quicker way to get to stations on the east side of the Loop.

During the construction project Purple Line trains have been running counter-clockwise through the Loop, the same path used by Brown Line trains, to help make up for a reduction in the number of Brown Line trains in operation.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. More purple line express, please
    I would rather that the CTA run the purple line express regularly throughout the day, as opposed to only during the “rush hour.”

    I would go down to the loop far more often if I could get down there in a quick, easy, and cheap way. Especially given the projected rise in parking rates, an extended purple line express would be the obvious answer.

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