The yellow line was completely paused as of late Tuesday afternoon due to a situation at Howard. Credit: Joerg Metzner

Red, Yellow and Purple line “L” trains were stuck at the Howard Street station for about half an hour late Tuesday afternoon “due to a minor incident involving rail cars at Howard,” a spokesperson for the Chicago Transit Authority told the RoundTable.

After a significant delay, the Purple Line Evanston train started moving north again around 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to the CTA’s Twitter account, while southbound Red Line trains had to skip the Jarvis, Morse, Loyola, Granville and Thorndale stops because of the situation at Howard. Those stations opened back up again for Red Line service at 5:50 p.m., the CTA announced.

The Yellow Line from Howard to Skokie was completely suspended for more than two hours, though, with trains only resuming service at 6:30 p.m.

No police had responded to Howard as of 5:45 p.m., and the incident falls under the City of Chicago’s jurisdiction, according to the CTA spokesperson and the Evanston Police Department. EPD did not provide any more information about what exactly happened at Howard.

In the meantime, the CTA said both the Red and Purple lines are operating on a delay as crews try to restore full service. In announcements about the Howard incident and train delays, the agency said to “allow extra travel time.”

Duncan Agnew

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...

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