Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning the Weekend of March 10 – 12

March 9, 2006
03/09/06

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.

CTA Cancels Temporary Weekend Closures at Kimball and Francisco
Construction work has been canceled for this weekend, March 10 - 12, at the Brown Line Kimball and Francisco stations. Both the Kimball and Francisco stations will remain open for service. As a result, the bus shuttle scheduled to operate from Kimball to Western over the weekend is also canceled.

Both the Kimball and Francisco stations will close as scheduled next weekend, March 17 - 19.

(See separate release.)

Kedzie and Rockwell Stations Temporarily Closed
On February 20, both the Kedzie and Rockwell stations closed for reconstruction and will remain closed for six months.

During the weekday, rail customers may go to the next closest station for Brown Line service, or choose from eight neighborhood CTA bus routes to meet their transit service needs.

Wentworth/Wells/Yale Closes Friday for Water Main Work
Wentworth/Wells/Yale will temporarily close between 47th and 59th for water main work beginning at 6 a.m. Friday, March 10.

Southbound #24 Wentworth buses will operate via Princeton between 47th and 59th Streets. Buses will continue to serve the Red Line 95th/Dan Ryan Garfield station and the Grand Boulevard Shopping Center. Northbound service is not affected.

CTA Provides Convenient Service to Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier Over Weekend
CTA buses provide convenient service to Navy Pier for the annual Chicago Flower and Garden Show in Festival Hall Saturday, March 11 through Sunday, March 19. Show hours are from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Buses on the #29 State, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago and #124 Navy Pier routes serve Navy Pier daily. Additionally, #2 Hyde Park Express buses serve Navy Pier during weekday morning and afternoon rush periods.

(See separate release.)

St. Patrick's Day Parade will Detour Downtown Bus Routes Saturday
The St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place on Columbus Drive Saturday, March 11. The parade steps off at noon proceeding north on Columbus from Balbo to Monroe.

#6 Jackson Park Express, #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #14 Jeffery Express and #146 Inner Drive Michigan Express bus routes that ordinarily operate via Columbus and Balbo will be rerouted in both directions to operate via Roosevelt and Michigan during the parade.

Additional Customer Assistants will be available at downtown rail stations to assist customers traveling to and from the parade.

Late Night Single Track in Effect in State Street Subway for Maintenance Work Sunday
Single track service will be in effect in the State Street Subway for maintenance work between Grand and 15th from 10 p.m. Sunday, March 12 until 4 a.m. Monday, March 13.

Customers should allow extra travel time.

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 Beginning Friday
Single track service will be in effect between 33rd and 45th from 8 p.m. Friday, March 10 until 8 a.m. Saturday, March 11 and again in the same location from 8 p.m. Saturday night, March 11 until noon Sunday, March 12.

Customers should allow extra travel time.

CTA Temporarily Closes Southbound Platform at Sox-35th Over Weekend
Construction work will temporarily close the southbound Sox-35th station platform from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, March 11 and again at the same location from noon Sunday, March 12 until 4 a.m. Monday, March 13.

As a result, during these hours, southbound Red Line trains will not stop at the Sox-35th station. Southbound customers who wish to exit at this station will need to travel to the 47th station and transfer to a northbound Red Line train back to the Sox-35th station.

Southbound customers who wish to board at the Sox-35th station will need to board a northbound train and exit at Cermak-Chinatown to board a southbound Red Line train.

Customers should allow extra travel time.

Late Night Single Track in Effect Next Week
Single track service will be in effect between Garfield and 45th from 11 p.m. Monday, March 13 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, March 14 and again at the same location, during the same hours each day Tuesday night, March 14 through 4 a.m. Friday, March 17.

For details about CTA routes and schedules, call 836-7000 (all local area codes)or visit www.transitchicago.com.

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