Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning the Weekend of June 23 - 25

June 22, 2006
6/22/06

Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project:

CTA is working to expand capacity on the Brown Line. When the work is completed, customers will benefit from longer trains during rush hour and accessible, modern stations and platforms.

Throughout the Brown Line construction project, slow zones and single track operation are periodically necessary near construction activity so, as a general rule, rail customers should allow extra travel time.

Temporary Closure of Brown Line Kimball and Francisco Stations Sunday

Work scheduled this weekend on the Brown Line will result in a 12-hour closure of both the Kimball and Francisco stations from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 25.

During the Sunday closure of Kimball and Francisco, Brown Line trains will operate between the Loop and Western station. Bus shuttle service will be provided to customers free of charge from Western station to Kimball station during regular Brown Line hours as a substitute for rail service. The bus shuttle will make stops at the Western station, Rockwell and Lawrence, Sacramento and Lawrence, Kedzie and Lawrence, Kedzie and Wilson, and at the Kimball station.

In addition to the Sunday shuttle service, customers in close proximity to the Kimball and Francisco stations are also served by the following six CTA bus routes: #11 Lincoln, #49 Western, #49B North Western, #78 Montrose, #81 Lawrence and #82 Kimball/Homan. (See separate release.)

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.

Red and Brown Line Customers Should Allow Extra Travel Time Sunday Morning

Construction work planned for this weekend will require reroutes of southbound Brown Line shuttle trains and southbound Red 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 Shuttle Service ? 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 25

Southbound and northbound Brown Line shuttle trains operating between Kimball and Belmont will operate on southbound Red Line tracks at Belmont station.

Note: The Brown Line terminal is at Western from 3 a.m. until 3 p.m. due to the temporary station closures of Kimball and Francisco. (See above.)

Red Line Service ? 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25

Southbound Red Line trains will operate on southbound Brown Line tracks at Belmont station. (See separate release.)

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.

Late Night Single Tracks in Effect on Red Line Over Weekend

A single track will be in effect between Garfield and 69th from 11 p.m. Friday, June 23 until 8 a.m. Saturday, June 24 and again in the same location from 11 p.m. Saturday June 24 until noon Sunday, June 25.

During the Friday night single track, north and southbound customers boarding at Garfield and 63rd stations must board on the west side of the platform. During the Saturday night single track, customers boarding at these stations must board on the east side of the platform.

A single track will be in effect between 79th and 87th from 11 p.m. Sunday, June 25 until 4 a.m. Monday, June 26. North and southbound customers boarding at 79th station must board on the west side of the platform.

Late Night Single Tracks in Effect on Red Line Next Week

A single track will be in effect between 87th and 94th from 11 p.m. Monday, June 26 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, June 27 and again in the same location, during the same hours Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

On Monday and Tuesday during these hours, north and southbound customers at 87th station must board on the west side of the platform.

On Wednesday and Thursday during these hours, north and southbound customers at 87th must board on the east side of the platform.

A single track will be in effect between 79th and 87th from 11 p.m. Sunday, June 25 until 4 a.m. Monday, June 26. North and southbound customers at 79th must board on the west side of the platform.

New Pink Line Service and Enhanced Blue Line Service Begins Sunday

(See separate release.)

Other Events Affecting Service

Single Track in Effect on Orange Line for Maintenance Thursday

A single track will be in effect between California and 43rd from 9 p.m. Thursday, June 22 until 4 a.m. Friday, June 23 and again in the same location, during the same hours Friday night, June 23; and Sunday night, June 25. Northbound and southbound customers boarding at Western must board on the north side of the platform. Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

Halsted Closes for Gay and Lesbian Pride Fest and Parade Beginning Saturday

Halsted will be closed from Addison to Grace, including the CTA bus terminal at Halsted and Waveland from 3 a.m. Saturday, June 24 until 3 a.m. Sunday, June 25.

Northbound #8 Halsted buses will operate via Addison, Broadway, Clarendon, Irving Park, Broadway to Waveland, where they will begin their southbound trips via Broadway, Addison, back to Halsted, then resume the regular route.

On Sunday, Halsted will be closed from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. between Fullerton and Broadway for the Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade. Buses on the #8 Halsted, #22 Clark, #36 Broadway, #76 Diversey, #77 Belmont, #151 Sheridan and #152 Addison routes will be rerouted to adjacent streets for the duration of the parade.

Additionally, on Sunday, extra service will be provided on the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express and #78 Montrose routes between Belmont and Montrose Beach for parade participants and spectators attending the Rocks Festival at the beach.

Additional Service Provided for Lakefront Pavilion Concerts This Weekend

The #130 Grant Park Treasures is a convenient way for customers to attend summer concerts at the Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island beginning Saturday, June 24. On weekends, additional service will operate from Metra's LaSalle Street station, and Ogilvie and Union stations 30 minutes before the concert and will depart Northerly Island until 30 minutes after the concert. On weekdays, service will be provided from Northerly Island following the concert for 30 minutes. There will be no service on the #130 route prior to weekday concerts.

Cermak Closed for Street Improvements through December 1

Cermak is closed between Rockwell and Western through Friday, December 1. #21 Cermak buses will operate in both directions via Cermak, Rockwell, 21st, Western, and Cermak, then resume the regular route.

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