Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning the Weekend of December 11-13

December 11, 2009

Blue Line – Slow Zone Work

Final Weekend for Temporary Suspension of Rail Service in Blue Line’s Dearborn Subway

Work associated with the Blue Line Dearborn Subway Slow Zone project nears completion with the last line cut scheduled for this weekend. Rail service between the Blue Line’s Clark/Lake and UIC-Halsted stations temporarily will be suspended from 10 p.m. Friday, December 11 until 4 a.m. Monday, December 14, due to track replacement work in the south end of the Dearborn subway.
 
Bus shuttles will operate as a substitute for rail service making stops adjacent to the Clark/Lake, Washington, Monroe, Jackson, LaSalle, Clinton and UIC-Halsted stations. Southbound buses will travel along Clark and Van Buren and northbound buses will operate via Harrison and Dearborn.
 
Due to the temporary closure of the northbound lanes along Halsted, shuttle buses will be rerouted from the Halsted entrance of the UIC-Halsted station. Customers can board northbound shuttle buses at a near side service stop on Harrison at Halsted and southbound shuttle buses at the near side stop on Van Buren at Halsted.
 
Both the Clark/Lake and UIC-Halsted stations are accessible to customers with disabilities.
 
Trains will operate normally from Forest Park to UIC-Halsted and from O’Hare to Clark/Lake. Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. 
 
(see separate release for details)
 

Northbound Trains Undergo Late Night Single Track between Grand and Division

Northbound Blue Line trains will undergo a late night single track between the Grand and Division stations from 10 p.m. each night until 4 a.m. the following morning beginning Tuesday night, December 15 through Friday morning, December 18, while crews finish work associated with the track renewal project.
 
During these times, northbound Blue Line customers at the Grand, Chicago and Division stations must board and exit trains from the southbound side of the platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 

Green Line – Slow Zone Work

Shuttle Trains to Serve Stations on the Ashland Branch of the Green Line

Due to track renewal work on the Ashland/63rd Street branch of the Green Line, a shuttle train will operate between the Ashland/63rd and Garfield stations from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Saturday, December 12.
 
Southbound customers traveling to the Halsted and Ashland/63rd stations must transfer at the Garfield station and switch platforms to board and exit the shuttle train from the northbound platform. Customers traveling from the Halsted and Ashland/63rd stations must transfer at the Garfield station to board a regular northbound (Harlem/Lake-bound) train towards downtown.
 
Northbound and southbound Green Line trains will operate normally between the Harlem/Lake and the East 63rd/Cottage Grove stations.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 

Red Line – Slow Zone Work

Southbound Red Line Trains Temporarily Unable to Stop at Argyle and Lawrence This Weekend

Southbound Red Line trains temporarily will be unable to stop at the Argyle and Lawrence stations from 10 p.m. Friday, December 11 until 6 p.m. Sunday, December 13, due to track maintenance work.
 
Southbound Red Line customers who want to exit at Argyle or Lawrence should travel to Wilson and board a northbound train to the appropriate station. Customers at Argyle and Lawrence who want to travel south should board a northbound train to Berwyn to access a southbound train.
 
Wilson Boarding Changes – Southbound
From 10 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Sunday, southbound Red Line trains will be rerouted to operate on the Purple Express tracks at the Wilson station due to track, structure and platform work. Southbound customers at the Wilson station must board and exit trains from the outer (west auxiliary) platform instead of the inner platform.
 
Northbound Red Line trains are unaffected at the Wilson station and customers will board and exit trains from the inner platform.
 
Sheridan Boarding Changes – Southbound
From 10 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Sunday, southbound Red Line trains will be rerouted to operate on the Purple Express tracks at the Sheridan station while crews replace deteriorated rail ties, tie plates and spikes. Southbound customers at the Sheridan station must board and exit trains from the outer platform instead of the inner platform.
 
Sheridan Boarding Changes – Northbound
From 6 a.m. Saturday, December 12 until 6 p.m. Sunday, December 13, northbound Red Line trains will operate on the Purple Express tracks at the Sheridan station. 
 
Northbound customers at the Sheridan station must board and exit trains from the outer platform instead of the inner platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.
 

Trains Rerouted at the Sheridan Station Next Week

Work to reduce slow zones near the Sheridan Red Line station continues next week resulting in a reroute of northbound and southbound trains from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. each day beginning Tuesday, December 15 through Friday, December 18.
 
During these times, northbound and southbound Red Line trains will operate on the Purple Express tracks. Customers at the Sheridan station must board and exit trains from the outer platforms instead of the inner platforms.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.
 

Additional Service for Special Events

#19 United Center Express Serves Upcoming Events

CTA will operate its #19 United Center Express buses for the following events at the United Center:
 
  • Friday, December 11 at 7 p.m. – Golden State Warriors versus Bulls
  • Saturday, December 12 at 7 p.m. – Boston Celtics versus Bulls
  • Sunday, December 13 at 6 p.m. – Tampa Bay Lightning versus Blackhawks
  • Tuesday, December 15 at 7 p.m. – Los Angeles Lakers versus Bulls
  • Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. – St. Louis Blues versus Blackhawks
  • Thursday, December 17 at 7 p.m. – New York Knicks versus Bulls
  • Friday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. – Boston Bruins versus Blackhawks
 
Buses will leave every 10 minutes from Michigan and Randolph beginning 90 minutes before the start of each event until the event begins.  When the event ends, #19 buses will depart the United Center approximately every 15 minutes for one hour.
 
#19 buses no longer make stops along Michigan Avenue north of Randolph, but continue to make all stops on Madison from Wabash to Clinton.  From Clinton, #19 buses run express to the United Center.
 
After each game, #19 buses will await customers on the north side of the United Center eastbound on Madison near Gate 3.  On the return trip, #19 buses will operate east on Washington to Wacker, then head south to Monroe and east to Michigan, making all stops from Jefferson to Michigan before turning north on Michigan and making the final stop at Randolph.
 

CTA Provides Service for Bears Game

The #128 Soldier Field Express and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express are convenient travel options for fans heading to the Bears game on Sunday, December 13, versus the Green Bay Packers. Kickoff is at noon.  
 
The #128 Soldier Field Express operates non-stop between the Ogilvie Transportation Center, Union Station and Soldier Field. Service will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. After the game, buses will leave Soldier Field every few minutes for approximately one hour.
 
The fare for #128 buses is $1 for full-fare customers. The exact cash fare is required to receive the special rate.
 
In addition, Red, Orange and Green line trains serve customers traveling to and from Soldier Field via the Roosevelt station a few blocks west of the stadium.
 
Buses Rerouted
In anticipation of heavy traffic along Roosevelt and Lake Shore Drive due to the football game at Soldier Field, four CTA bus routes will be detoured from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 13.
 
Southbound #6 Jackson Park Express and #10 Museum of Science & Industry buses will travel over their regular routes along Balbo to Michigan then will operate via Michigan, Cermak, King Drive, 31st Street to Lake Shore Drive and then resume their regular routes. Northbound #6 and #10 buses will travel the reverse route.
 
Southbound #14 Jeffery Express buses will operate over the regular route along Michigan past Balbo to Cermak then will operate via Cermak, King Drive, 31st Street to Lake Shore Drive and then resume the regular route. Northbound #14 buses will travel the reverse route.
 
Southbound #146 buses will travel over the regular route along Columbus to Lake Shore Drive then will operate via Lake Shore Drive, 18th Street to Museum Campus Drive and then resume the regular route.
 
Northbound #146 buses will travel over the regular route along Museum Campus Drive to Waldron then will operate via Waldron, Lake Shore Drive to Columbus and then resume the regular route.
 

Holiday Hours in Effect on #10 Museum of Science & Industry Bus Route

With the exception of December 25, hours of operation along the #10 Museum of Science & Industry route will be extended through Thursday, December 31, 2009. 
 
Service on the #10 will begin operating from Chestnut/Lake Shore Drive each morning approximately 30 minutes prior to the Museum of Science & Industry opening and the last bus will depart from the museum approximately 40 minutes after closing.
 
Also during this time, the Museum of Science & Industry will offer extended hours – open from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. until
5:30 p.m. on Sundays – on the following dates:
 
  • Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13
  • Saturday, December 19 through Thursday, December 24
  • Saturday, December 26 through Thursday, December 31
 
The museum is closed on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25.
 

New/Updated Changes in Bus Service

Changes to Bus Stops along #24 Wentworth

Currently in effect, the following bus stops along the #24 Wentworth route have been returned to their original locations following the completion of bridge reconstruction work at Root Street:
 
  • Wentworth/Root: the northbound far side stop has been returned to a near side stop.
  • LaSalle/Root: the southbound far side stop has been returned to a near side stop.
 

Changes to Bus Stops Served by #12 Roosevelt and #60 Blue Island/26th Buses

Currently in effect, the following bus stops served by #12 Roosevelt and #60 Blue Island/26th buses have been returned to their original locations following the completion of the nearby sidewalk construction project at Roosevelt/Racine:
 
#12 Roosevelt
The eastbound mid-block stop on Roosevelt between Lytle and Racine that is served by #12 buses has been returned to a near side stop at Roosevelt/Racine.
 
#60 Blue Island/26th
The southbound near side stop at Racine/Roosevelt served by #60 buses has been returned to a far side stop.
 

Construction at 75th Street/South Shore Detours #75 74th/75th Buses

Effective from 9 a.m. Monday, December 14 until 3 p.m. Tuesday, December 15, 75th Street east of the intersection of 75th Street/South Shore will be closed to all traffic due to a sewer construction project.
 
Eastbound #75 74th/75th buses will operate over the regular route along 75th Street to Exchange then will travel via Exchange, 76th Street, Coles to 75th Street before turning to begin westbound service. Westbound #75 buses will depart from 75th Street/Coles and travel west along 75th Street over the regular route.
 

Boarding Changes at the Addison/Cumberland Terminal for #152 Addison Buses

Beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday, December 13 until 5 a.m. Wednesday, December 16, #152 Addison buses will be unable to enter the Addison/Cumberland Terminal due to the pouring of concrete within the terminal. Eastbound and westbound buses will continue to make stops at Addison/Pontiac during this time.
 

Ongoing Bus Reroutes

Northbound #24 Wentworth Buses Detoured Due to LaSalle Street Bridge Work

LaSalle Street between 28th and 26th streets is closed to all traffic until early-January 2010, due to the reconstruction of the LaSalle Street Bridge. Northbound #24 Wentworth buses will operate over the regular route along LaSalle to 31st Street then will travel via 31st Street, State, 26th Street to Wentworth and then resume the regular route. Southbound #24 buses will travel over the regular route.
 
Changes to #24 Wentworth Bus Stops
Due to the reconstruction of the LaSalle Street Bridge, the following changes have been made to bus stops served by #24 Wentworth buses:
 
  • LaSalle/31st Street: the northbound far side stop has been relocated to a near side stop.
  • Wentworth/26th Street: the northbound near side stop has been relocated to a westbound near side stop at 26th Street/Wentworth.
 

Southbound #36 Broadway and #145 Wilson/Michigan Express Buses Detoured at Van Buren/Wells

Until 10 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2010, southbound #36 Broadway and #145 Wilson/Michigan Express buses are being rerouted from the area of Van Buren/Wells due to work associated with the Wacker Drive Reconstruction project.
 
Southbound #36 and #145 buses will travel over their regular routes along Van Buren Street to Clark then will operate via Clark, Congress, Wells to Harrison before turning to begin northbound service. Northbound #36 and #145 buses will travel east along Harrison over the regular route.
 

Temporary Changes to Bus Stops Near Sheridan/Foster

Currently in effect until Wednesday, March 17, the northbound near side stop at Sheridan/Foster temporarily has been removed from service due to the demolition and reconstruction of a nearby building. This stop is served by #136 Sheridan/LaSalle Express, #147 Outer Drive Express and #151 Sheridan buses.
 

Lane Restrictions near State and Grand Detour #29 State and #65 Grand Buses

Due to lane restrictions associated with the Grand/State Red Line rehabilitation project at the northwest corner of State Street and Grand Avenue, #29 State and #36 Broadway buses are being detoured to adjacent streets. These changes in service are expected to remain in place until April 2010.
 
Southbound #29 State buses will operate over the regular route along Grand past State to Clark then will travel via Clark, Illinois to State and then resume the regular route.
 
Northbound #29 buses are able to travel on the remaining open lane along State and will operate over its regular route.
 
Southbound #36 Broadway buses will travel over the regular route along State to Ontario then will operate via Ontario, Clark, Illinois to State and then resume the regular route. Northbound #36 buses will operate over the regular route along Dearborn past Illinois to Ohio then will travel via Ohio to State and then resume the regular route.
 

Temporary Removal of #66 Chicago Bus Stop

Currently in effect, the eastbound near side stop at Chicago/Clark served by #66 Chicago buses temporarily has been removed from service until Friday, April 30, 2010, due to construction.
 

14 CTA Bus Routes Affected Due to Jackson Viaduct Work

Due to the reconstruction of the Jackson Boulevard viaduct between Canal and Wacker, changes in service along 14 CTA bus routes are expected to remain in place until April 2010. The following CTA bus routes are being rerouted to adjacent streets:
 

#1 Indiana/Hyde Park
#126 Jackson
#7 Harrison
#129 West Loop/South Loop
#X28 Stony Island Express
#130 Museum Campus
#38 Ogden/Taylor
#132 Goose Island Express
#60 Blue Island/26th
#151 Sheridan
#121 Union/Wacker Express
#156 LaSalle
#123 Illinois Center/Union Express
#157 Streeterville

 
(see separate release  for details)
 

Temporary Relocation of #93 California/Dodge Bus Stop

Currently in effect until Thursday, May 27, 2010, the southbound curb-side lane of California Avenue at Granville is closed to all traffic due to construction. As a result of this lane closure, the southbound near side stop at California/Granville served by #93 California/Dodge buses temporarily has been relocated approximately 175 feet north.
 

Temporary Removal of #29 State Bus Stop at State/Pershing

Due to an underground construction project, the southbound far side stop at State/Pershing served by #29 State buses has been removed from service until Sunday, May 1, 2011.
 
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