Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning the Weekend of January 14-16

January 14, 2011
NOTE: CTA will operate on a normal weekday schedule on Monday, January 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
 

Blue Line – Other Events Affecting Service

Late Night Trains to Operate on the Same Tracks at Logan Square

All late night Blue Line trains will be routed to operate on the southbound (to Forest Park) tracks at the Logan Square station from 11 p.m. each night until 4 a.m. the following morning on Sunday, January 16 and then again during the same hours on Monday, January 17, due to sewer cleaning in the subway.
 
Blue Line customers at the Logan Square station 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.
 

Trains to Operate on Same Tracks at Belmont and Addison Tuesday Night

All late night Blue Line trains will be routed to operate on the southbound (to Forest Park) tracks at the Belmont and Addison stations from 11 p.m. Tuesday, January 18 until 4 a.m. the following morning, as sewer cleaning continues in the subway.
 
Blue Line customers at the Belmont and Addison 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.
 

Late Night Trains to Operate on the Northbound Tracks between Damen and Grand

Sewer cleaning in the subway continues and as a result all late night Blue Line trains will be routed to operate on the northbound (to O’Hare) tracks at the Division, Chicago and Grand stations from 11 p.m. each night until 4 a.m. the following morning on Wednesday, January 19 and then again during the same hours on Thursday, January 20.
 
Blue Line customers at the Division, Chicago and Grand stations traveling southbound (to Forest Park) must board and exit trains from the northbound (to O’Hare) side of the platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 

Service for Upcoming Events

CTA Service to Events at the United Center

CTA will operate its #19 United Center Express for those attending these upcoming events at the United Center:
 
  • Saturday, January 15 at 7 p.m. – Miami Heat versus Bulls
  • Sunday, January 16 at 6 p.m. – Nashville Predators versus Blackhawks
  • Tuesday, January 18 at 7 p.m. – Charlotte Bobcats versus Bulls
  • Thursday, January 20 at 7 p.m. – Dallas Mavericks versus Bulls
  • Saturday, January 22 at 7 p.m. – Cleveland Cavaliers versus 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.
 
UPDATE: Due to the Revive Wacker Drive reconstruction 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 will be 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.
 

Bear Down Chicago Fans: CTA Has the Game Plan to Get You to Soldier Field

The Chicago Transit Authority will provide extra service for fans heading to Soldier Field as the Bears host the Seattle Seahawks in an NFC Divisional playoff game. Kick off 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 cash fare for #128 buses is $1 for full-fare customers and 50 cents for reduced-fare customers. Exact fare is required. Customers who use CTA fare media on the #128 will be charged a regular CTA bus fare.
 
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, the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express will be detoured from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
 
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.
 

New/Updated Changes in Bus Service

Helicopter Lift Detours #126 Jackson and #151 Sheridan Buses on Saturday

From 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, January 15, eastbound #126 Jackson and northbound #151 Sheridan buses will be detoured due to a scheduled helicopter lift that will close Jackson between Wells and Clark, LaSalle between Jackson and Adams, and Financial Place between Jackson and Van Buren.
 
Eastbound #126 and northbound #151 buses will travel over their regular routes along Jackson to Franklin then will operate via Franklin, Monroe, Clark to Jackson and then resume their regular routes.
 
Westbound #126 and southbound #151 buses are not affected and will travel over their regular routes.
 

Changes Starting Monday along Three Bus Routes due to Wacker Drive Project

Effective with the start of service on Monday, January 17, a new bus stop will be added and adjustments will be made to two reroutes in an effort to further improve traffic flow and for customer safety during Wacker Drive construction.
 
These changes in service will affect westbound #120 Ogilvie/Wacker Express, #121 Union/Wacker Express and #122 Illinois Center/Ogilvie Express buses.
 
#120 Ogilvie/Wacker Express – Westbound
Westbound #120 buses will travel over the regular route along Grand past Michigan to Wabash then will operate via Wabash, Wacker Drive, Franklin, Madison to Canal before beginning eastbound service. Eastbound #120 buses are not affected and will continue to operate over the original reroute.
 
New Bus Stop
  • Franklin/Randolph: westbound buses will begin serving the new near side stop.
 
#121 Union/Wacker Express – Westbound
Westbound #121 buses will operate over the regular route along Grand past Michigan to Wabash then will travel via Wabash, Wacker Drive, Franklin to Adams and then resume the regular route west of Wacker Drive. Eastbound #121 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.
 
#122 Illinois Center/Ogilvie Express – Westbound
There are no new changes in routing for westbound or eastbound #122 buses.
 
New Bus Stop
  • Franklin/Randolph: westbound buses will begin serving the new near side stop.
 

Water Main Project Detours #30 South Chicago Buses at 133rd Street/Avenue O

From 7 a.m. Tuesday, January 18 until approximately 4 p.m. Monday, January 31, #30 South Chicago buses will be detoured due to the closure of 133rd Street at Avenue O for a water main project.
 
Southbound #30 buses will operate over the regular route along Avenue O past 131st Street to Avenue N then will travel via Avenue N, 134th Street to Avenue O and then resume the regular route.
 
Northbound #30 buses will operate over the regular route along Avenue O to 134th Street then will travel via 134th Street, Avenue N, 131st Street to Avenue O and then resume the regular route.
 

Temporary Removal of Southbound Bus Stop at Michigan/Pearson Monday Night

From 9 p.m. Monday, January 17 until 6 a.m. Tuesday, January 18, buses will be unable to serve the southbound near side bus stop at Michigan/Pearson due to construction work. This stop is served by #145 Wilson/Michigan Express, #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express, #147 Outer Drive Express and #151 Sheridan buses.
 

Sewer Main Replacement Project Detours #85A North Central Buses Beginning Tuesday

From 9 a.m. Tuesday, January 18 until 5 a.m. Monday, January 31, #85A North Central buses will be detoured due to a sewer main replacement project at 6100 N. Central Avenue.
 
Northbound #85A buses will travel over the regular route along Central Avenue to Elston then will operate via Elston, Milwaukee, Nagle, Devon to Caldwell and then resume the regular route.
 
Southbound #85A buses will travel over the regular route along Lehigh to Devon then will operate via Devon, Milwaukee, Elston to Central and then resume the regular route.
 

Changes to Bus Stops at Jeffery/75th Street Effective Wednesday

Effective at the start of service on Wednesday, January 19, the following changes will be made to bus stops served by #14 Jeffery Express, #15 Jeffery Local and #75 74th/75th buses:
 
#14 Jeffery Express and #15 Jeffery Local
  • Jeffery/75th Street: the southbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop.
 
#75 74th/75th
  • 75th Street/Jeffery: the eastbound far side stop will be relocated to a near side stop.
 

Ongoing Bus Service Changes

Water Main Construction Project to Detour #56A North Milwaukee Buses

Currently in effect until Monday, January 17, short-run #56A North Milwaukee buses will not operate to Devon/Avondale due to the closure of Devon Avenue between Newcastle and Oak Park for a water main construction project. All buses will operate to the Milwaukee/Imlay terminal.
 

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 are currently undergoing 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)
 

Temporary Removal of Bus Stop Near the Wilson Red Line Station

Currently in effect until further notice, the eastbound far side bus stop at Wilson/Racine has been temporarily removed from service due to a sidewalk replacement project. The temporary removal of this bus stop affects customers who board and alight eastbound #78 Montrose and southbound #145 Wilson/Michigan Express and #148 Clarendon/Michigan Express buses. 
 

#52A South Kedzie Buses Detoured at Kedzie/67th Street

Currently in effect until further notice, #52A South Kedzie buses are being detoured due to weight restrictions on the Kedzie Avenue Bridge at 67th Street.
 
Southbound #52A buses are traveling over the regular route along Kedzie to 67th Street then are operating via 67th Street, California, 71st Street to Kedzie and then resuming the regular route. Northbound #52A buses are traveling the reverse 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 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.
 

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 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 Lower Wacker to the exit ramp for Upper Wacker and then traveling via Upper Wacker to Adams and resuming the regular route west on Adams.
 
#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.
 
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