NOTE: CTA buses and trains will operate on a normal weekday schedule on Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve. On Friday, December 25 – Christmas Day – CTA will operate on a Sunday/Holiday schedule.
Blue Line – Slow Zone Work
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. Friday, December 18 until 6 a.m. the following morning and then again from 10 p.m. Saturday, December 19 until 6 a.m. the following morning, 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.
Red Line – Slow Zone Work
Trains Rerouted at the Sheridan Station This Saturday and Next Week
Northbound and southbound Red Line trains will be rerouted at the Sheridan station from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, December 19, while crews replace deteriorated rail ties, tie plates and spikes.
During this time, 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.
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 22 through Thursday, December 24.
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 18 at 7:30 p.m. – Boston Bruins versus Blackhawks
- Saturday, December 19 at 7 p.m. – Atlanta Hawks versus Bulls
- Sunday, December 20 at 6 p.m. – Detroit Redwings versus Blackhawks
- Monday, December 21 at 7 p.m. – Sacramento Kings versus Bulls
- Tuesday, December 22 at 7 p.m. – San Jose Sharks 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.
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 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
Change to #111 Pullman/111th/115th Bus Stop
Currently in effect, the northbound near side stop at 111th Street/Halsted served by #111 Pullman/111th/115th buses will be removed from service. Northbound buses will continue to serve the far side bus stop at 111th Street/Halsted.
#171 University of Chicago/Hyde Park Buses Return to Previous Routing
Effective at the start of service on Sunday, December 20, #171 University of Chicago/Hyde Park buses will return to previous routing at the request of the University.
Northbound #171 buses will travel via Hyde Park to 53rd Street then will operate via 53rd Street, South Shore to the terminal located at 5454 S. South Shore. From the terminal, southbound #171 buses will travel south on South Shore to 55th Street and then continue west along 55th Street over the regular route.
Changes to #171 Bus Stops
Also effective at the start of service on Sunday, the following changes will be made to bus stops along the #171 route:
- 55th Street/Hyde Park: the northbound far side stop will be reinstated.
- Hyde Park/53rd Street: the northbound near side stop will be reinstated.
- Lake Park/54th Street: the southbound near side stop will be removed from service.
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
#129 West Loop/South Loop
#X28 Stony Island Express
#130 Museum Campus
#132 Goose Island Express
#60 Blue Island/26th
#121 Union/Wacker Express
#123 Illinois Center/Union Express
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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