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Major delays as CTA suspends service on Red, Brown, and Purple lines

Thousands of commuters were delayed this morning as a police and fire investigation caused disruptions to service

This morning, commuters who rely on the CTA’s Red, Brown, and Purple lines found their local stations to be crowded and chaotic scenes. Due to an ongoing police and fire investigation which appears to have started near the Fullerton station around 6:45 a.m. this morning, service along the major lines has been disrupted for the past few hours.

To help get commuters to work, the CTA has been providing shuttles from the Belmont and Sedgwick stations, however images shared on Twitter show commuters crowding on the street trying to find the shuttles and get into one. Other images depict pricey surge charges from rideshare apps from this morning’s commuting fiasco.

According to the CTA, which has been updating riders on Twitter throughout the morning, regular service along the Red and Brown lines was restored around 9:35 a.m. after hours of delays and congestion at stations.

The most recent tweets from the CTA indicate that service has been restored on these lines, but there are still delays and congestion.

The first tweet from the CTA regarding this morning’s police investigation and service shutdown was at 6:43 a.m.

Huge crowds were seen in and around the busy Belmont station this morning.

And because of the congestion and crowds trying to get downtown to work, rideshare apps were tacking on huge surge charges.