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Bus Substitution Between Damen and Western (O’Hare Branch) Stations

Blue Line
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 10:00 PM
to Monday, April 14, 2014 - 4:00 AM
Impact Level:
Planned Work w/Part Closure
Predictions Disabled Affects Train Tracker prediction availability
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Full Description:

How does this affect my trip?
Shuttle buses replace rail service between Damen and Western (O’Hare branch).

Trains operate between O’Hare and Western (O’Hare branch), and between Damen, Downtown and Forest Park.

Accessibility: The bus shuttle will run between Clark/Lake and Western, making stops at all intermediate rail stations. Customers requiring an accessible transfer between bus and rail, or with luggage or strollers, or otherwise desire the use of an elevator, should use the shuttle bus between Western and Clark/Lake.

Rail-Shuttle Transfers: Free transfer between shuttle buses and rail service is only available at Western, Damen and Clark/Lake, and requires the farecard used to pay your fare at the start of your trip.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
We are making track improvements to eliminate slow zones and improve rail service along the Blue Line.

Rail Service Map

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Map showing that there is no Blue Line service between Damen and Western (O'Hare branch), and that a bus shuttle runs between Clark/Lake and Western stations, making stops for Clark/Lake, Grand, Chicago, Division, Damen and Western Blue Line stations.

Bus Shuttle Map

Substitute bus service between Western and Damen stations (shuttle extended Western to Clark/Lake)

Note: Shuttle buses make only designated stops shown/listed at or near rail stations.

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Map showing the route of the bus shuttle, and stops at/near rail stations.


Bus shuttle boarding locations
Station Direction Shuttle stop
Western toward Clark/Lake sta. in front of Western station main entrance (east side of
Western Avenue)
Damen toward Western sta. northwest corner at Milwaukee/Damen (NB #56 stop)
toward Clark/Lake sta. northwest corner at Milwaukee/North (SB #56 stop)
Division toward Western sta. southeast corner at Milwaukee/Ashland (NB #56 stop)
toward Clark/Lake sta. northwest corner at Milwaukee/Ashland (SB #56 stop)
Chicago toward Western sta. northeast corner at Milwaukee/Chicago (NB #56 stop)
toward Clark/Lake sta. northwest corner at Milwaukee/Chicago (SB #56 stop)
Grand toward Western sta. northwest corner at Milwaukee/Halsted (NB #56 stop)
toward Clark/Lake sta. northwest corner at Milwaukee/Grand (SB #56 stop)
Clark/Lake toward Western sta. southeast corner at LaSalle/Lake


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