Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning the Weekend of January 7-9

January 7, 2011

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 northbound (to O’Hare) tracks at the Logan Square station from 11 p.m. each night until 4 a.m. the following morning beginning Sunday, January 9 through Friday morning, January 14, due to sewer cleaning in the subway.
 
Blue Line customers at the Logan Square station 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.
 

Yellow Line – Other Events Affecting Service

Rail Service Temporarily Suspended along the Yellow Line This Weekend

Due to work associated with the construction of the new Oakton Street station, rail service along the Yellow Line will be temporarily suspended on Saturday, January 8 and Sunday, January 9.
 
From 6:15 a.m. until 11:15 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, bus shuttles will operate an express route between the Howard and Skokie stations as a substitute for rail service. The shuttles will depart from the Howard and Skokie stations approximately every 15 minutes. Customers also can take the #97 Skokie as an alternate service option between the two stations.
 
Yellow Line trains will resume operating at their regularly scheduled time on Monday, January 10.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. 
 

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:
 
  • Friday, January 7 at 7:30 p.m. – Ottawa Senators versus Blackhawks
  • Saturday, January 8 at 7 p.m. – Boston Celtics versus Bulls
  • Sunday, January 9 at 6 p.m. – New York Islanders versus Blackhawks
  • Monday, January 10 at 7 p.m. – Detroit Pistons versus Bulls
  • Wednesday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m. – Colorado Avalanche versus Blackhawks
 
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 in service 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 only eastbound buses:
 
  • Clinton/Madison: buses will begin serving the southbound near side stop.
  • Monroe/Canal: buses will begin serving the eastbound far side stop.
  • Washington/Canal: buses will be unable to serve the eastbound near side stop.
  • Washington/Franklin: the eastbound near side stop will be 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.
 

New/Updated Changes in Bus Service

CTA Makes Modifications Along Four Bus Routes for Wacker Drive Project

Effective with the start of service on Monday, January 10, several bus stop locations along Canal will be changed in an effort to improve traffic flow and for customer safety during the Revive Wacker Drive construction project.
 
The changes, which affect some customer boarding locations, are as follows:
 
#120 Ogilvie/Wacker Express and #122 Illinois Center/Ogilvie Express
  • Boarding for eastbound customers using both routes will relocate to northbound on Canal at Washington rather than northbound on Canal at Randolph.
 
#124 Navy Pier
  • The near side stop at Canal/Washington served by eastbound #124 buses has been removed.
  • Eastbound #124 buses will serve a new near side stop at Canal/Randolph.
  • The near side stop at Canal/Lake served by eastbound #124 buses has been removed.
 
#125 Water Tower Express
  • Northbound #125 buses will serve the new stop at Canal/Randolph.
  • The northbound near side stop at Canal/Lake has been removed.
  • Southbound #125 buses will serve a new near side stop on Clinton/Randolph.
 

UPDATE: 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.
 

Daytime Reroute for #59 59th/61st Buses 

From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, January 8, #59 59th/61st buses will be detoured due to the partial closure of Dorchester Avenue between Midway Plaisance and 61st Street for the removal of a tower crane.
 
Eastbound #59 buses will travel over the regular route along 61st Street to Woodlawn then operate via Woodlawn, 60th Street to Dorchester and resume the regular route.
 
Westbound #59 buses will travel over the regular route along 60th Street past Dorchester to Woodlawn then will operate via Woodlawn to 61st Street and resume the regular route.
 

Relocation of #76 Diversey Bus Stop

Currently in effect, the eastbound near side stop at Diversey/Kimball served by #76 Diversey buses, has been relocated to a far side stop at Milwaukee/Kimball.
 

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

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

Ongoing Bus Service Changes

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 Relocation of #76 Diversey Bus Stop at Diversey/Seminary

Currently in effect until 4 p.m. Thursday, January 13, the eastbound near side stop at Diversey/Seminary will be temporarily removed from service due to the demolition of a nearby building. This stop is served by #76 Diversey buses.
 

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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