Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning the Weekend of April 8-10

April 7, 2011

Blue Line – Events Affecting Service

Trains to Operate on Single Track during Track Renewal Project

From 10 p.m. Saturday, April 9 until 6 a.m. Sunday, April 10, northbound (to O’Hare) Blue Line trains will be temporarily routed to operate on the southbound (to Forest Park) tracks between the UIC-Halsted and Western stations due to track work. 

Customers at the Illinois Medical District and Racine stations traveling northbound (to O’Hare) must board and exit trains on the southbound (to Forest Park) side of the platform.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.  CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.

Late Night Trains to Operate on Same Tracks between Grand and Damen

All late night Blue Line trains will be routed to operate on the southbound (to Forest Park) tracks between the Grand and Damen stations from 11 p.m. each night until 4 a.m. the following morning beginning Sunday night, April 10 until Tuesday morning, April 12.

During these times, Blue Line customers at the Grand, Chicago and Division stations traveling northbound (to O’Hare) must board and exit trains from the southbound (to Forest Park) side of the platform.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.  CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.

Red Line – Events Affecting Service

Late Night Single Track in Effect on Red Line Next Week

Southbound (to 95th) Red Line trains will be routed to operate on the northbound (to Howard) platform from 11 p.m. each night until 4 a.m. the next morning between the Fullerton and Division stations beginning Tuesday, April 12 through Friday morning, April 15, due to sewer cleaning.

Customers at the North Clybourn station traveling southbound (to 95th) must board and exit trains from the northbound (to Howard) platform.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.  CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.

Brown Line – Events Affecting Service

Brown Line Trains Temporarily Rerouted for Structural Work

From 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, April 10, southbound (to Loop) Brown Line trains will be routed to operate on the northbound (to Kimball) between the Irving Park and Southport stations while crews work on the elevated structure.

Southbound (to Loop) customers at the Addison, Paulina and Southport stations must board and exit trains from the northbound (to Kimball) platform.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.  CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.

Service for Upcoming Events

It’s Time to Play Ball! Take CTA to U.S. Cellular Field for Sox Games this Season

CTA provides convenient service to all home games at U.S. Cellular Field throughout the 2011 baseball season.  The White Sox home opener is April 7 versus the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:10 p.m.

(see separate release for details)

#10 Museum of Science & Industry Hours Extended for Spring Break

Currently in effect, service hours for #10 Museum of Science & Industry buses have been extended until Sunday, April 24 to accommodate spring break. 

On Saturdays, Sundays and weekdays, #10 buses headed to the museum will operate approximately every 20 minutes from 8:55 a.m. until 4:35 p.m.  Buses leaving the museum will operate every 20 minutes from approximately 9:40 a.m. until 6:40 p.m.

CTA Service to Events at the United Center Next Week

CTA will operate its #19 United Center Express for those attending these upcoming events at the United Center:

  • Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. – Rod Stewart & Stevie Nicks concert
  • Sunday, April 10 at 11:30 a.m. – Detroit Red Wings vs. Blackhawks
  • Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. – RUSH concert
  • Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. – New Jersey Nets vs. Bulls

Buses will leave every 12-15 minutes from Michigan and Randolph beginning 90 minutes before the start of each event.  After each event, #19 buses will await customers on the north side of the United Center eastbound on Madison near Gate 3 and will depart approximately every 15 minutes for one hour.

Temporary Changes in Routing for #19 Buses

Due to the Wacker Drive construction project, the following changes are in effect along the #19 route:

Eastbound #19 buses will operate over the regular route along Washington to Clinton then will travel via Clinton, Monroe, Franklin to Washington and then resume the regular route. In addition, the following temporary changes have been made to bus stops served by eastbound buses only:

  • Clinton/Madison: buses are serving the southbound near side stop.
  • Monroe/Canal: buses are serving the eastbound far side stop.
  • Washington/Canal: buses are unable to serve the eastbound near side stop.
  • Washington/Franklin: the eastbound near side stop has been relocated to a far side stop.

Westbound #19 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route from Michigan/Randolph – making all stops on Madison from Wabash to Clinton before operating express to the United Center.

New/Updated Changes in Bus Service

#22 Clark and #70 Division buses Temporarily Rerouted on Saturday

Dearborn Street between 937 North and 939 North will be closed to all traffic from 8 a.m. until approximately 8 p.m. due to a crane lift on Saturday, April 9.  During these hours northbound #22 Clark and eastbound #70 Division buses will be temporarily rerouted.

Northbound #20 buses will travel over the regular route to Dearborn/Delaware then will operate via Delaware, State, Oak to Clark and then resume the regular route.

Eastbound #70 buses will travel over the regular route to Dearborn/Oak then will operate via Oak to Clark to Division and wait before beginning the return trip.  Westbound buses will leave from Division at Clark and will travel over the regular route.

Downtown Bus Routes Undergo Temporary Reroutes due to Shamrock Shuffle

The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Run may cause intermittent service delays on 22 CTA bus routes Sunday, April 10. Columbus Drive between Roosevelt and Balbo will be closed to all traffic beginning at approximately 8:30 a.m. until the completion of the race.

Participants will assemble on Columbus between Roosevelt and Balbo at 8:30 a.m. with the race beginning at 9:30 a.m.  #6 Jackson Park Express, #10 Museum of Science & Industry and #14 Jeffery Express buses will begin rerouting at 4 a.m.

The race course is north on Columbus, west on Grand, south on Rush, west on Hubbard, south on State, west on Jackson, south on Jefferson, east on Harrison, south on Michigan, east on Roosevelt and north on Columbus to finish the course.

The following CTA routes may be affected by the race:  #3 King Drive, #4 Cottage Grove, #6 Jackson Park Express, #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #12 Roosevelt, #14 Jeffery Express, #18 16th/18th, #20 Madison, #22 Clark, #29 State, #36 Broadway, #56 Milwaukee, #60 Blue Island/26th, #62 Archer, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago, #124 Navy Pier, #126 Jackson, #145 Wilson/Michigan Express, #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express, #147 Outer Drive Express and #151 Sheridan.

Ongoing Bus Service Changes

Temporary Change in Boarding Location for #34 South Michigan and #108 Halsted/95th Buses Serving Carver Military High School

Until further notice, #34 South Michigan and #108 Halsted/95th buses are unable to enter the parking lot directly behind Carver Military School. Students are to board and alight #34 and #108 buses from the sidewalk in front of the parking lot located along Doty Road just north of the school’s main entrance.

Temporary Relocation of #4 Cottage Grove Bus Stop at Cottage Grove/71st Street

Currently in effect until approximately 5 p.m. Thursday, April 14, the southbound near side bus stop at Cottage Grove/71st Street served by #4 Cottage Grove buses has been relocated to a far side stop due to emergency sewer repair work.

Sewer Repair Work Temporarily Detours Northbound #30 South Chicago Buses

Currently in effect until approximately 5 p.m. Thursday, April 14, northbound #30 South Chicago buses are being detoured due to the closure of South Chicago Avenue between 71st Street and St. Lawrence for sewer repair work.

Northbound #30 buses are traveling over the regular route along South Chicago to 71st Street then are operating via 71st Street, St. Lawrence to South Chicago and resuming the regular route.

Temporary Removal of #4 Cottage Grove Bus Stops due to Nearby Sewer Project

Currently in effect until 4 p.m. Friday, April 22, the northbound and southbound mid-block stops at 7000 S. Cottage Grove (between 69th Street and South Chicago) are being temporarily removed from service due to a nearby sewer project. These stops are served by #4 Cottage Grove buses.

Temporary Relocation of #152 Addison Bus Stop at Addison/Springfield

Currently in effect until Friday, May 6, the eastbound and westbound near side stops at Addison/Springfield have been removed from service due to a sewer reconstruction project. These stops are served by #152 Addison buses.

Construction Work on 83rd Street Detours Three Routes

Currently in effect until approximately 4 p.m. Friday, May 13, #N5 South Shore, #26 South Shore Express and #71 71st buses are being detoured due to the closure of 83rd Street between Exchange and Bond avenues for construction work.

Southbound #N5, #26 and #71 buses are traveling over the regular route along South Shore to 79th Street then operating via 79th Street to Exchange and resuming the regular route past 83rd Street. Northbound #N5, #26 and #71 buses are traveling the reverse route.

Water Main Project Temporarily Detours Eastbound #21 Cermak Buses

Currently in effect until approximately 5 p.m. Monday, May 16, eastbound #21 Cermak buses are being detoured due to the closure of Cermak between Kostner and Kildare for a water main project.

Eastbound #21 buses are operating over the regular route along Cermak to Kostner then traveling via Kostner, Ogden to Cermak and resuming the regular route. Westbound #21 buses are not affected and are traveling over the regular route.

Lane Restrictions near State and Grand Detour #29 State and #36 Broadway Buses

Due to lane restrictions associated with the Grand/State Red Line rehabilitation project at the northwest corner of State and Grand, #29 State and #36 Broadway buses are being detoured to adjacent streets until further notice.

Southbound #29 buses are operating over the regular route along Grand past State to Clark then traveling via Clark, Illinois to State and resuming the regular route. Northbound #29 buses are traveling along the remaining open lane along State and over the regular route.

Southbound #36 buses are traveling over the regular route along State to Ontario then are operating via Ontario, Clark, Illinois to State and resuming the regular route. Northbound #36 buses are operating over the regular route along Dearborn past Illinois to Ohio then traveling via Ohio to State and resuming the regular route.

Temporary Changes in Service for #21 Cermak and #62 Archer Buses Serving the Cermak-Chinatown Station

Currently in effect, customers at the Cermak-Chinatown Red Line station must use the entrance located on Archer Avenue approximately one block north of Cermak. This entrance is serving as the primary access point for customers while the main entrance to the station on the north side of Cermak is reconstructed and made accessible. 

As a result of these changes, and to accommodate customers transferring between bus and rail services, the following changes have been made to buses serving the station:

 #21 Cermak

Eastbound #21 Cermak buses are traveling over the regular route along Cermak to Wentworth then are operating via Wentworth, Archer, Clark to Cermak and resuming the regular route. Westbound #21 buses are traveling the reverse route.

  • Cermak/Wentworth: the near side stop at Cermak/Wentworth served by eastbound #21 buses has been temporarily removed from service.
  • Wentworth/Cermak: temporary stops have been added at Wentworth/Cermak for eastbound and westbound #21 buses. Eastbound customers must board and exit buses from the far side stop; westbound customers must board and exit buses from the near side stop.
  • Cermak/Red Line Station: the mid-block stop near the Cermak Road entrance of the Cermak-Chinatown station has been temporarily removed from service.
  • Archer/Red Line Station: eastbound #21 buses are serving the temporary mid-block stop near the Archer Avenue entrance of the Cermak-Chinatown station.
  • Wentworth/Archer: westbound #21 buses are serving the temporary far side stop at Wentworth/Archer.
#62 Archer
  • Archer/Wentworth: the northbound near side stop at Archer/Wentworth served by #62 buses has been removed from service.
  • Archer/Red Line Station: northbound #62 buses are serving the mid-block stop near the Archer Avenue entrance of the Cermak-Chinatown station.

 

Repairs to Bridge Detour #111 Pullman/111th/115th Buses

Currently in effect until approximately 4 p.m. Friday, September 30, #111 Pullman/111th/115th buses are being detoured from Cottage Grove between 98th Street and 100th Place due to bridge repair work.

Southbound #111 buses are traveling over the regular route along 95th Street to King Drive then operating via King Drive, 103rd Street to Cottage Grove and resuming the regular route. Northbound #111 buses are traveling the reverse route.

Changes in Service along #8 Halsted Route for Bridge Reconstruction Project

Currently in effect until late-December 2011, Halsted Street between Division and the north branch of the Chicago River is closed due to a bridge reconstruction project.

Northbound #8 Halsted buses are traveling over the regular route along Halsted past Chicago to North Branch then are operating via North Branch, Cherry, Division to Halsted and then resuming the regular route. Southbound #8 buses are traveling the reverse route.

Changes to Bus Stops
  • Halsted/North Branch: the northbound far side stop has been temporarily relocated to a far side stop on North Branch at Halsted.
  • Halsted/Division: the southbound far side stop has been temporarily relocated to a near side stop.

 

Service Changes for 13 CTA Bus Routes due to Wacker Drive Construction

Until further notice, 13 CTA bus routes that operate on or near Wacker Drive have undergone service changes due to several downtown street closures as part of the Revive Wacker Drive reconstruction project. 

These street closures are affecting service on the #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick, #19 United Center Express, #20 Madison, #56 Milwaukee, #60 Blue Island/26th,

#120 Ogilvie/Wacker Express, #121 Union/Wacker Express, #122 Illinois Center/Ogilvie Express, #123 Illinois Center/Union Express, #124 Navy Pier, #125 Water Tower Express, #129 West Loop/South Loop and the #157 Streeterville/Taylor.

 (see separate release for details)

Service Adjustments Due to the Congress/Wacker Construction Project

Due to the Congress/Wacker Construction Project, Franklin Street between Harrison and Van Buren and Lower Wacker Drive between Randolph and Harrison are closed until May 2012. As a result of these closures and other street reconfigurations, the following changes in bus service currently are in effect:

#11 Lincoln/Sedgwick

Northbound #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick buses are traveling over the regular route along Harrison to Canal then are operating via Canal, Jackson to Franklin and resuming the regular route. Southbound #11 buses are not affected and are traveling over the regular route.

The following temporary changes also have been made to bus stops served by northbound #11 buses:

  • Canal/Harrison: a far side stop has been added to service.
  • Canal/Jackson: a near side stop has been added to service.
  • Jackson at the Chicago River: a near side stop has been added to service.
  • 404 W. Harrison: the mid-block stop has been removed from service.
  • Franklin/Van Buren: the far side stop has been removed from service.

 

 #121 Union/Wacker Express

Northbound #121 Union/Wacker Express buses are operating over the regular route along Jackson past Wacker to Franklin then are traveling via Franklin, Lake, Post Place to Lower Wacker and then resuming the regular route.

Southbound #121 buses are operating over the regular route along Grand to Wabash then traveling via Wabash, Wacker, Franklin to Adams and then resuming the regular route.

#135 Clarendon/LaSalle Express

From Union Station, northbound #135 Clarendon/LaSalle Express buses are traveling south on Wacker to Jackson then are traveling east on Jackson past Franklin and resuming the regular route.

The following temporary changes have been made to bus stops served by northbound #135 buses:

  • Jackson/Franklin: a near side stop has been added to service.
  • Franklin/Jackson: the near side stop has been removed from service.

 

#136 Sheridan/LaSalle Express

From Union Station, northbound #136 Sheridan/LaSalle buses are operating south on Wacker to Van Buren then are traveling via Van Buren, Canal to Jackson and resuming the regular route.

The following temporary changes have been made to bus stops served by northbound #136 buses:

  • \Jackson/Franklin: a near side stop has been added to service.
  • Franklin/Jackson: the near side stop has been removed from service.

 

#156 LaSalle (PM Service Only)

During the evening rush period only, northbound #156 LaSalle buses departing from Union Station are traveling west on Van Buren to Wacker then are operating via Wacker to Jackson and resuming the regular route.

The following temporary bus stop change has been made and is in effect for northbound #156 buses during the evening rush period only: 

  • Franklin/Jackson: the near side stop has been removed from service.

 # # #

Back to news
System status snapshot
‘L’ route status
Red Line
Normal Service
Blue Line
Normal Service
Brown Line
Normal Service
Orange Line
Normal Service
Pink Line
Normal Service
Purple Line
Normal Service
Yellow Line
Normal Service
Bus routes w/alerts
Elevator alerts