Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning the Weekend of January 21-23

January 21, 2011

Blue Line – Other Events Affecting Service

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

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 beginning Sunday, January 23 through Friday morning, January 28, due to sewer cleaning in the subway.
 
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 22 at 7 p.m. – Cleveland Cavaliers versus Bulls
  • Sunday, January 23 at 3 p.m. – Philadelphia Flyers versus Blackhawks
  • Monday, January 24 at 7 p.m. – Milwaukee Bucks versus Bulls
  • Tuesday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. – Minnesota Wild versus Blackhawks
  • Thursday, January 27 at 7 p.m. – Linkin Park concert
  • Friday, January 28 at 7 p.m. – Orlando Magic 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 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 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.
 

Take CTA to the Bears’ NFC Championship Showdown at Soldier Field

Chicago Bears fans are encouraged to take CTA to Soldier Field as the Chicago Bears continue their quest to Super Bowl XLV with the NFC Championship Game versus the rival Green Packers on Sunday, January 23 at Soldier Field. Game time is 2 p.m.
 
The #128 Soldier Field Express operates non-stop between the Ogilvie Transportation Center, Union Station and Soldier Field. Service will begin at approximately noon. 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, the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express will be detoured from noon until 7 p.m. on Sunday.
 
Southbound #146 buses will travel over the regular route but turn on to 18th Street rather than McFetridge and travel north on Museum Campus Drive to resume the regular route.
 
Northbound #146 buses will travel south along Museum Campus Drive to Waldron then resume the regular route via Lake Shore Drive/Columbus.
 

New/Updated Changes in Bus Service

Sewer Repair Work Detours #26 South Shore Express and #100 Jeffery Manor Buses

Currently in effect until approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday, January 25, #26 South Shore Express and #100 Jeffery Manor buses are being detoured due to sewer repair work at the intersection of Torrence/106th Street.
 
Southbound #26 and #100 buses are traveling over their regular routes along Torrence to 104th Street then are operating via 104th Street, Muskegon to 106th Street and then resuming their regular routes. Northbound #26 and #100 buses are traveling the reverse route.
 

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

From 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, January 22, 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.
 

Northbound #8A South Halsted and #108 Halsted/95th Buses Detoured for Sewer Repair Work

From 7 a.m. Monday, January 24 until approximately 4 p.m. Monday, February 7, northbound #8A South Halsted and #108 Halsted/95th buses that serve Carver Military Academy will be detoured due to closure of the northbound lanes of Halsted at 120th Street for sewer repair work.
 
From Halsted/127th Street, northbound #8A buses will travel east on 127th Street to State then will operate via State, 119th Street to Halsted and then resume the regular route. Southbound #8A buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.
 
From Halsted/127th Street, northbound #108 buses that serve Carver Military Academy only will operate south on Halsted to Vermont then will travel via Vermont, 127th Street, State, 119th Street to Halsted and then resume the regular route. Southbound #108 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.
 

Ongoing Bus Service Changes

Sewer Main Replacement Project Detours #85A North Central Buses

Currently in effect until 5 a.m. Monday, January 31, #85A North Central buses are being detoured due to a sewer main replacement project at 6100 N. Central Avenue.
 
Northbound #85A buses are traveling over the regular route along Central Avenue to Elston then are operating via Elston, Milwaukee, Nagle, Devon to Caldwell and resuming the regular route.
 
Southbound #85A buses are traveling over the regular route along Lehigh to Devon then are operating via Devon, Milwaukee, Elston to Central and resuming the regular route.
 

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

Currently in effect until approximately 4 p.m. Monday, January 31, #30 South Chicago buses are being detoured due to the closure of 133rd Street at Avenue O for a water main project.
 
Southbound #30 buses are operating over the regular route along Avenue O past 131st Street to Avenue N then are traveling via Avenue N, 134th Street to Avenue O and resuming the regular route.
 
Northbound #30 buses are operating over the regular route along Avenue O to 134th Street then are traveling via 134th Street, Avenue M, 131st Street to Avenue O and resuming 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.
 

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 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)
 

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.
 
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