CTA Tests Switches to Prepare for Next Phase of Three-Track Operation

March 13, 2008

Southbound Red Line trains will operate on Brown Line tracks at the Fullerton and Belmont stations from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. this Friday and Sunday night while the CTA continues to test switching mechanisms in preparation for the next phase of three-track operation. Beginning Sunday, March 30, southbound trains will be limited to one southbound track at the Belmont and Fullerton stations due to construction for the Brown Line capacity expansion project.

CTA is testing track switches each weekend through March 30, in addition to training operators, switchmen, towermen and supervisors on the planned routing of trains for southbound operation.

9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday, March 14 and Sunday, March 16
At the Fullerton and Belmont stations, southbound Red Line trains will use the far west track normally used by southbound Brown Line trains.
Southbound Red Line customers must board and exit on the same side of the platform (west) as southbound Brown Line customers.

Normal southbound service resumes at 5 a.m. Saturday and Monday mornings.

Station specific information related to three-track operation and details on the Brown Line capacity expansion project is available on CTA's web site, www.transitchicago.com, and the Brown Line web site, www.ctabrownline.com.

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