Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning the Weekend of March 3 – 5

March 3, 2006
03/03/06

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.

Kimball and Francisco Stations to Temporarily Close for Second Weekend Beginning Friday Evening
Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, March 3, the Kimball and Francisco stations on the Brown Line will temporarily close until Monday at 2 a.m. This is the second of four scheduled temporary weekend closures while construction to expand capacity and make stations accessible continues to move forward. After this weekend's closures, both Kimball and Francisco stations will resume normal weekday service Monday morning, March 6.

During the temporary weekend closure, Brown Line trains will operate between the Loop and Western station. CTA is providing a free bus shuttle for customers 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.

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.

(See separate release.)

Structural Maintenance Temporarily Closes Southbound Platform at Diversey Sunday
Structural maintenance will temporarily close the southbound Diversey platform from 7 a.m. until6 p.m. Sunday, March 5.

As a result, during these hours, southbound Brown Line trains will not stop at the Diversey station. Southbound customers who wish to exit at these stations will need to travel to the Fullerton station and transfer to a northbound Brown Line train back to the Diversey station.

Southbound customers who wish to board at the Diversey station will need to board a northbound train and exit at Wellington to board a southbound Brown Line train.

Additionally, Diversey Avenue will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 5. #76 Diversey buses will operate in both directions via Diversey, Sheffield, Belmont, Clark, Halsted, back to Diversey, then resume the regular route.

Customers should allow extra travel time.

Northwest Highway Closes for the Northwest Side St. Patrick's Day Parade Over Weekend
Northwest Highway will close between Nagle and Devon Sunday, March 5 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. for the Northwest Side St. Patrick's Day Parade.

#68 Northwest Highway buses will operate in both directions via Northwest Highway, Devon, Milwaukee, Nagle, back to Northwest Highway, then resume the regular route.

Washington Closes for Wacky 5K Run Sunday
Washington will close between Bishop and Ada Sunday, March 5 from 9:30 a.m. until noon for the Wacky 5K run.

Eastbound #20 Madison buses will operate via Madison to Ogden, Lake, Halsted, Washington, then resume the regular route. Westbound buses will operate via Madison to Halsted, Randolph, Ogden, back to Madison, then resume the regular route.

Eastbound #126 buses will operate via Jackson, Racine, Harrison, Halsted, back to Jackson, then resume the regular route. Westbound buses will operate via Van Buren, Halsted, Harrison, Racine, back to Van Buren, then resume the regular route.

Columbus Closes for Helicopter Lift Sunday
Columbus will temporarily close between Randolph and South Water Sunday, March 5 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. for a helicopter lift.

Northbound #4 Cottage Grove buses will operate via Michigan to east end of Wacker, back to Michigan, then resume the regular route. Southbound buses will operate via Wacker, back to Michigan, then resume the regular route.

Jackson Bridge over Chicago River Closes Tuesday for Testing
The Jackson Bridge over the Chicago River will temporarily close Wednesday, March 8 from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The closure will affect buses on the #1 Indiana/Hyde Park, #7 Harrison, # X28 Stony Island Express, #126 Jackson, #151 Sheridan and the #156 LaSalle routes.

Eastbound buses will operate via Canal to Monroe, Wacker, back to Jackson, then resume their regular routes.

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 Track in Effect Next Week
Single track service will be in effect between 63rd and Garfield from 11 p.m. Monday, March 6 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, March 7.

Customers should allow extra travel time.

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

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