Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning the Weekend of December 19-21

December 18, 2008
NOTE:  CTA buses and trains will operate on a normal weekday schedule on Wednesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve. On Thursday, December 25 – Christmas Day –  CTA will operate on a Sunday/Holiday schedule.

 

Blue Line – Slow Zone Work

Single Track in Effect Between the Rosemont and Cumberland Blue Line Stations

A late night single track will be in effect for southbound Blue Line trains between the Rosemont and Cumberland stations from 8 p.m. Monday, December 22 until 4 a.m. the following morning.
 
Southbound Blue Line customers at the Cumberland station must board and exit trains from the northbound side of the platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 
Tuesday Night – Northbound
From 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 23 until 4 a.m. the following morning, a single track will be in effect for northbound Blue Line trains between the Cumberland and Rosemont stations.
 
Northbound Blue Line customers at the Cumberland station 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.
 

Brown Line – Other Events Affecting Service

Damen Brown Line Station Reopens Friday

 The Damen Brown Line station will reopen to customers on Friday, December 19, following the completion of renovation work to rebuild the stationhouse and platform, and make the station newly accessible to customers with disabilities. 

Damen is the fourteenth of 18 stations to be completed as part of the Brown Line Capacity Expansion project. With the reopening of the Damen stationhouse, a total of 87 out of 144 CTA rail stations are accessible.
 
(see separate release for details)
 

Daytime Reroute of Brown Line Trains at Belmont and Fullerton

Due to work associated with the Brown Line Capacity Expansion project, southbound Brown Line trains will be temporarily rerouted to operate on the southbound Red Line tracks at the Belmont and Fullerton stations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day on Monday, December 22 and then again during the same hours on Tuesday, December 23.
 
Southbound Brown Line customers at Belmont and Fullerton must board and exit trains from the southbound Red Line side of the platform.
 
Normal Brown Line service to the Diversey station will be provided.  
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction and route of each train.
 

Temporary Reroute of Southbound Brown Line Trains at Belmont Tuesday Night

While crews install windbreaks along the Belmont station, southbound Brown Line trains will be temporarily rerouted to operate on the southbound Red Line tracks from 9 p.m. Tuesday, December 23 until 5 a.m. the following morning.
 
Southbound Brown Line customers must board and exit trains from the southbound Red Line platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction and route of each train.
 

Additional Service for Special Events

#19 United Center Express Serves Upcoming Events

CTA will operate its #19 United Center Express buses on the following dates and times:
 
  • Saturday, December 20 at 1 p.m. – College Basketball: North Carolina versus Valparaiso
  • Saturday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. – Utah Jazz versus Bulls
  • Friday, December 26 at 7:30 p.m. – Philadelphia Flyers versus Blackhawks
 
Buses will leave every 10 minutes from Michigan and Randolph starting 90 minutes before the start of the event until the starting time of the event. When the event ends, #19 buses will depart the United Center approximately every 15 minutes for one hour.
 
#19 buses no longer will make stops along Michigan Avenue north of Randolph, but will continue to make all stops on Madison from Wabash to Clinton. From Clinton, #19 buses run express to the United Center.
 
After the event, #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 operate through downtown 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 #12 Roosevelt, #128 Soldier Field Express and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express are convenient travel options for fans heading to the Bears game on Monday, December 22, versus the Green Bay Packers. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
 
#128 Soldier Field Express operates non-stop between the Ogilvie Transportation Center, Union Station and Soldier Field. Service will operate from 5:05 p.m. (from Union Station) and 5:25 p.m. (from Ogilvie station) until 7:35 p.m. After the game, buses will leave Soldier Field every few minutes for 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. The stations are located at Roosevelt and State, a few blocks west of the stadium.
 

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

With the exception of December 25, hours of operation on the #10 Museum of Science & Industry route will be extended through Saturday, December 27, 2008. During this time, the Museum of Science & Industry will open at 9 a.m. on weekdays and Saturdays and at
11 a.m. on Sundays. Closing times will vary.
 
Service on the #10 will begin operating from Chestnut/Mies van der Rohe each morning approximately 35 minutes prior to the Museum of Science & Industry opening and the last bus will depart from the museum approximately 40 minutes after closing.
 
The museum is closed on Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25.
 

New/Updated Changes in Bus Service

#77 Belmont Buses Temporarily Rerouted at the Red and Brown Line Station

Due to work associated with the Brown Line Capacity Expansion project, Belmont Avenue will be closed to all traffic at the Belmont Red and Brown Line station from 9 p.m. Tuesday, December 23 until 5 a.m. the following morning.
 
Eastbound #77 Belmont buses will operate over the regular route along Belmont to Sheffield and then will travel via Sheffield, Addison, Halsted to Belmont and then resume the regular route. Westbound #77 buses will travel the reverse route.
 

Ongoing Bus Reroutes

Buses Rerouted on Harrison Due to Construction

Harrison Street between Paulina and Ashland continues to be closed until Thursday, January 1, 2009, due to construction.
 
Eastbound #7 Harrison buses will travel over the regular route to Paulina then will operate via Polk, Ashland to Harrison and then resume the regular route.
 
Eastbound #126 Jackson buses operating during late evenings, weekends and holidays will travel over the regular route to Harrison then will operate via Harrison, Wood, Polk, Ashland to Harrison and then resume the regular route.
 
#7 Harrison Bus Stop Temporarily Relocated
Until further notice, the westbound mid-block bus stop located at Harrison near Paulina served by the #7 Harrison will be temporarily relocated around the corner on Paulina due to construction.
 

Bus Stop Relocated Due to Construction at Chestnut and Lake Shore Drive

The bus stop located at Chestnut and Lake Shore Drive served by #10 Museum of Science & Industry and #157 Streeterville buses has been relocated until June 1, 2011, due to construction. Customers must board and exit #157 buses at Inner Lake Shore Drive and Pearson. #10 customers should board on Chestnut between Mies van der Rohe and Michigan or on Michigan southbound at Pearson.
 

#2 Hyde Park Express and #15 Jeffery Local Buses Temporarily Rerouted

The #2 Hyde Park Express and #15 Jeffery Local buses continue to be temporarily rerouted until further notice.
 
Northbound #2 buses will operate over the regular route along Drexel to 47th, then travel via 47th, Woodlawn to 51st and then resume the regular route. Southbound #2 buses will travel the reverse route.
 
Northbound #15 buses will operate over the regular route along Hyde Park to Woodlawn then will travel via Woodlawn, 47th, Drexel to 51st and then resume the regular route. Southbound #15 buses will travel the reverse route.
 

CTA Buses Rerouted Around Wells Street Bridge

Until further notice, two CTA bus routes will be detoured around the Wells Street Bridge due to maintenance and repair work.
 
Southbound #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick and westbound #125 Water Tower Express buses will operate over the regular route along Wells to Hubbard then travel via Hubbard, LaSalle, Wacker to Wells and then resume the regular route. Northbound #11 and eastbound #125 buses are not affected and will operate over their regular routes.
 

#24 Wentworth Buses Temporarily Rerouted Due to Sewer Repair Work

Until further notice, #24 Wentworth buses will be temporarily rerouted to adjacent streets due to sewer repair work at the intersection of Vincennes Avenue and 71st Street.
 

#34 South Michigan Buses Temporarily Rerouted Due to Construction

Until further notice, 130th Street at Indiana Avenue is closed due to viaduct and sewer repair work. Southbound #34 South Michigan buses will travel over the regular route along Michigan to 115th and then operate via 115th, Bishop Ford Expressway, 130th to Langley and then resume the regular route. Northbound #34 buses will travel the reverse route. During this time, bus shuttles will operate along Michigan Avenue between 115th and 127th streets.
 

Buses Reroute Due to Construction

Halsted is closed at Root Street from 6 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. each day until further notice, due to construction. Westbound #43 43rd buses will operate over the regular route to Halsted and then will travel via Halsted, 45th Street, Morgan to Exchange and then resume the regular route. Eastbound #43 buses will operate the reverse route.
 

#60 Blue Island/26th Buses Rerouted Due to Street Closure

Until further notice, Laflin Street between Cermak and 21st Place will be closed to all traffic due to construction at Benito Juarez School. Eastbound #60 Blue Island/26th buses will travel over the regular route to Cermak then will operate via Cermak, Loomis, 21st Street then return to Laflin and resume the regular route. Westbound #60 buses will operate the reverse route.
 

Temporary Relocation of Bus Stop at Ellis and 57th

Until further notice, the southbound near side bus stop located at Ellis and 57th will be temporarily relocated to a far side stop due to construction on the University of Chicago campus. This change will affect #171 U. of Chicago/Hyde Park and #172 U. of Chicago/Kenwood buses.
 
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