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

July 6, 2006
7/6/06

Clark Junction Track and Signal Renewal:
CTA is currently working to upgrade crossover tracks and signals throughout the Clark Junction corridor, the busy location where Brown, Red and Purple Line trains converge just north of Belmont on the City's North Side. The upgrade to the 100-year-old junction will bring new signals and additional connections between tracks to allow trains to cross over to adjacent tracks.

Brown Line Customers Should Allow Extra Travel Time Sunday Morning
Construction work planned for this weekend will require reroutes of southbound Brown Line trains early Sunday morning. This could cause delays in service so customers are advised to allow extra travel time. Several major construction projects are currently underway on the rail system and CTA is working to minimize the impact on customers while coordinating efforts to accommodate multiple construction crews.

Brown Line Service ? 12:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 9
Brown Line trains will operate on southbound Red Line tracks at Belmont station. At Belmont station, Brown Line customers will board and exit Brown Line shuttle trains on the east (Red Line) side of the platform instead of the west (Brown Line) side of the platform. Customers should allow extra travel time.

Customers continuing southbound from Belmont can board Red Line trains at the normal location on the east side of the platform. (See separate release.)

Northbound Brown Line service and Red Line service will not be affected. Normal Brown Line service will resume at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 9.

Red Line - Dan Ryan Branch Rehabilitation: CTA is working to replace track, power and signal systems and upgrade stations along the branch. When the work is completed, customers will experience more reliable service and modern station amenities.

Single Track in Effect on Red Line Thursday
A single track will be in effect between 63rd and 69th from 11 p.m. Thursday, July 6 until 4 a.m. Friday, July 7. North and southbound customers boarding at 63rd station must board on the west side of the platform.

Single Tracks in Effect on Red Line Over Weekend
A single track will be in effect between 63rd and 79th from 11 p.m. Friday, July 7 until 8 a.m. Saturday, July 8 and again in the same location, during the same hours Saturday night. North and southbound customers boarding at 63rd and 69th stations must board on the west side of the platform.

A single track will be in effect between Garfield and 63rd from 9 p.m. Sunday, July 9 until 4 a.m. Monday, July 10. South and northbound customers boarding at Garfield station must board on the east side of the platform.

Single Tracks in Effect on Red Line Next Week
A single track will be in effect between Garfield and 63rd from 11 p.m. Monday, July 10 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, July 11 and again in the same location, during the same hours Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

During the Monday and Tuesday night single tracks, south and northbound customers boarding at Garfield must board on the west side of the platform. During the Wednesday and Thursday night single tracks, customers boarding at Garfield station must board on the east side of the platform.

Ashland Closed for Water Main Repairs
Southbound Ashland is closed between 47th and 51st until further notice for water main repairs. Southbound #9 Ashland and #X9 Ashland Express buses are operating via Ashland to 47th, Racine, 51st, back to Ashland, then resuming their regular routes. Northbound service is not affected.

Museum of Science and Industry Terminal Closes Friday
The Museum Drive terminal at the Museum of Science and Industry will close from 5 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 7. The closure will affect the #55 Garfield and #X55 Garfield Express bus routes. Customers who normally board and exit at the Museum Drive terminal must board and exit at Hyde Park Boulevard and 57th.

Lincoln Closes for Chicago Folk and Roots Festival Over Weekend
Lincoln will be closed between Montrose and Sunnyside beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, July 7 until midnight Sunday, July 9. #11 Lincoln buses will operate in both directions via Lincoln, Western, Montrose and Lincoln, then resume the regular route.

Additional Service Provided for Taste of Chicago
Visitors to Taste of Chicago in Grant Park through Sunday, July 9 will find CTA service the most effective way to travel. Longer trains will operate into the Loop until late every night. Additional buses will be available toward the close of each evening's activities to carry customers home.

To avoid lines at farecard vending machines, all customers heading for the Taste are encouraged to have enough value for return trips on their Chicago Cards or to purchase ahead of time their return trip farecards at CTA rail stations and other sales locations listed on the CTA's web site. (See separate release for details.)

Additional Service Provided for Lakefront Pavilion Next Week
The #130 Grant Park Treasures is a convenient way for customers to travel from concerts at the Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island Tuesday, July 11 and Thursday, July 13. The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. CTA will run service after concerts.

The #130 operates in both directions between the Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station to the Museum Campus on weekends and holidays through Labor Day.

On weekdays, the #130 will provide service from Northerly Island following concerts for 30 minutes. There is no service on the #130 route prior to weekday concerts.

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