CTA to Provide Extra Service to Upcoming Events; Notifies Customers of Construction Work

November 4, 2016

Work on new Washington/Wabash station affects portion of Loop Elevated service

The Chicago Transit Authority will provide extra rail and bus service for customers attending upcoming sporting events.

The CTA also announced that construction work on the new Washington/Wabash station by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will require the partial closure of Loop elevated tracks. Separately, the CTA’s Your New Blue project work at the Cumberland station will temporarily affect O’Hare-bound train service at the station beginning next week.


United Center events – through Friday, Nov. 11
The CTA will provide some additional transit service for upcoming events at the United Center:

  • Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. - Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks
  • Sunday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. - Chicago Blackhawks vs. Dallas Stars
  • Monday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic
  • Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. -  Chicago Blackhawks vs. Washington Capitals


Rail: Pink/Green (Ashland/Lake), Blue Line (Illinois Medical District) stations closest to arena.
Customers exiting at the station can transfer to #9 Ashland buses or simply walk a few blocks to the stadium.

Bus: Service provided on #19 United Center Express beginning approximately 1.5 hours before events until one hour after events end.  Buses will await customers on the north side of the United Center eastbound on the Madison near Gate 3. The #50 Damen service is also a good option for customers accessing the United Center from the north and south and provides connections with Orange, Pink, Blue and Brown lines. Northbound #50 buses will await customers on Damen at Madison after each event.


Loop ‘L’ Trains Detoured Due to Work on new Washington/Wabash station
Construction work by CDOT on the new Washington/Wabash station will require the temporary closure of portions of the Loop elevated tracks 2 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5th. As a result of these track closures, Brown, Orange, Green and Pink line trains will be rerouted as follows:

Orange and Brown lines: Trains will operate as one route between Kimball and Midway, via Wells and Van Buren.

Green Line: Trains will operate between Harlem and 63rd via Wells and Van Buren.

Pink Line: Trains will operate between 54th/Cermak and Polk, then to Racine Blue Line for connecting Blue Line train service to/from downtown.

Customers may transfer between the Loop elevated and Blue and Red line subways using the Harold Washington Library (Loop elevated) and Jackson (Blue and Red lines) stations.

For more information, visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/travel_information/alert_detail.aspx?AlertId=37601.

Partial platform closure at Cumberland Blue Line – Tues., Nov. 8 through Tues., Nov. 15

CTA will perform some Your New Blue station and platform renewal work at the Cumberland Blue Line station starting 9 p.m. Tuesday, November 8 through 9 p.m. Tuesday, November 15.

  • During this period, O’Hare-bound trains will not serve the station
  • Consider using the adjacent Blue Line stations at Rosemont and Harlem
  • For O’Hare-bound trips originated from Cumberland, take a Forest Park-bound train to Harlem and transfer across the platform to an O’Hare-bound train
  • For trips to Cumberland when traveling towards O’Hare, continue trip to Rosemont and transfer across the platform to a Forest Park -bound train and head back to Cumberland
  • CTA, Pace bus alternatives: #81W West Lawrence provides connection to Jefferson Park station; #241 Greenwood-Talcott Pace bus to Cumberland; #209 Busse Highway Pace bus to Harlem
  • Metra alternative: Metra Union Pacific Northwest Line, Park Ridge station; #290 Touhy Pace bus service to Cumberland (CTA), Park Ridge stations

In 2013, the CTA and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Your New Blue, the largest modernization of the O’Hare Blue Line branch since it was extended to O’Hare International Airport in 1984.


The CTA strongly recommends that customers purchase fares in advance to decrease travel times and avoid long lines at rail station vending machines.

Customers can load ahead of time transit value or unlimited ride passes (1-day, 3-day, 7-day and 30-day) to their Ventra fare cards via the free Ventra app, at rail stations, online or at nearly 1,300 local retailers (for locations available or to download the app, visit ventrachicago.com). Other ways to pay fares include purchasing from CTA vending machines 1-day unlimited ride tickets ($10) or single-ride tickets ($3) that offer up to two transfers in two hours. Customers can also pay their fares with contactless bankcards and mobile wallets.

Stay in the Loop on CTA service

Plan your trip using the Google Transit Trip Planner. Be sure to also check out CTA on Facebook or Twitter (@CTA) for system travel updates and alerts. For details about all CTA service, call 312-836-7000 or visit the CTA website at transitchicago.com.


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