Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning the Weekend of April 21 - 23

April 20, 2006
4/20/06

Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project:
CTA is working to expand capacity on the Brown Line. When the work is completed, customers will benefit from longer trains during rush hour, and accessible, modern stations and platforms.

Throughout the Brown Line construction project, slow zones and single track operation are periodically necessary near construction activity so, as a general rule, rail customers should allow extra travel time.

Kimball and Francisco Stations to Temporarily Close Sunday
The Kimball and Francisco stations on the Brown Line will temporarily close Sunday, resuming weekday service Monday morning. During the temporary Sunday closure, Brown Line trains will operate between the Loop and Western station. CTA is providing a free bus shuttle for customers as a substitute for rail service. The bus shuttle will make stops at the Western station, Rockwell and Lawrence, Sacramento and Lawrence, Kedzie and Lawrence, Kedzie and Wilson, and at the Kimball station.
(See separate release.)

Red Line ? Clark Junction Track and Signal Renewal:
CTA is currently working to upgrade crossover tracks and signals throughout Clark Junction that will result in faster and more reliable rail service for customers because of improved maneuverability of train traffic throughout the junction. Because work at Clark Junction will require Red and Brown Line trains to share the same track on Saturday, April 22, between Addison and Armitage, customers are asked to allow additional travel time.

On Saturday, April 22, northbound Red Line customers at Belmont and Fullerton stations will board Red Line trains on the east side of the platform instead of the west side of the platform. Southbound Red Line customers will board on the west side of the platform instead of the east side of the platform.

At Addison station, southbound Red Line customers will notice the train briefly backtracking north once it departs the station in order to resume the rest of its southbound trip on another track. Southbound Red Line customers will board at the normal location at Addison.
(See separate release.)

Westbound Main Street in Evanston to Temporarily Close Next Week for Viaduct Maintenance Work
The westbound lane of Main Street in Evanston will be closed at Chicago beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, April 24 until Friday,
April 28 for viaduct painting. Purple Line service is not affected. Westbound #200 Main Shuttle buses will operate via Main to Chicago, Greenleaf, Ridge, back to Main, then resume the regular route.

#10 Museum of Science & Industry Bus Extends Hours for Spring Break Service
To accommodate longer spring break hours at the Museum of Science and Industry, #10 Museum of Science & Industry buses will operate each day every 15 minutes until Sunday, April 23.

Chicago Avenue Bridge over Chicago River Closes Friday
Due to a scheduled closure of the Chicago Avenue Bridge from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, April 21, #66 Chicago buses will operate in both directions via Chicago to Halsted, Division, Crosby, Larabee, back to Chicago, then resume the regular route.

Single Track on Blue Line O'Hare Branch Thursday
Single track service will be in effect between Cumberland and Harlem from 10 p.m. Thursday, April 20 until 4 a.m. Friday, April 21 for maintenance work.

Single Track on Blue Line Forest Park Branch Over Weekend
Single track service will be in effect between Austin and Cicero from 9 p.m. Saturday, April 22 until 5 a.m. Sunday, April 23 for maintenance work.

Customers should allow extra travel time.

Red Line - Dan Ryan Branch Rehabilitation:
CTA is working to replace track, power and signal systems and upgrade stations along the branch. When the work is completed, customers will experience more reliable service and modern station amenities.

Single Track Thursday
Single track service will be in effect between 45th and Garfield from 11 p.m. Thursday, April 20 until 4 a.m. Friday, April 21.

Single Track Over Weekend
Single track service will be in effect between 33rd and Garfield from 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 21 until 8 a.m. Saturday, April 22 and again in the same location from 9:30 p.m. Saturday,
April 22 until noon Sunday, April 23.

Late Night Single Track Next Week
Single track service will be in effect between 33rd and 45th from 11 p.m. Monday, April 24 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, April 25 and again in the same location, during the same hours each night Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Customers should allow extra travel time.

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