Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning the Weekend of May 19 - 21

May 18, 2006
05/18/06

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.

Construction work planned for this weekend will require Red and Brown Line trains to share track in various areas between Armitage and Addison. This could cause delays in service so Red and Brown Line customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

Red Line Northbound ? 8 p.m. Friday, May 19 to 8 a.m. Saturday, May 20.
At Belmont and Fullerton stations, northbound Red Line customers will board on the east side of the northbound platform instead of the west side of that platform. At 8 a.m. Saturday, May 20 northbound Red Line trains will resume normal service.

Brown Line Northbound ? 8 p.m. Friday, May 19 to
1:30 a.m. Sunday, May 21

At Fullerton station, northbound Brown Line trains will board on the west side of the northbound platform.

Northbound Brown Line trains will be unable to stop at Wellington and Diversey platforms during these hours. Customers who wish to exit at these stations will need to travel to the Belmont station and transfer to a southbound Brown Line train back to these stations. Northbound customers who wish to board at the Wellington or Diversey station will need to board a southbound train and exit at Fullerton to board a northbound Brown Line train.

Brown Line Northbound ? 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 21
At Fullerton and Belmont stations northbound Brown Line customers will board on the west side of the northbound platform instead of the east side.

Northbound Brown Line trains will be unable to stop at the Diversey platform during these hours. Customers who wish to exit at Diversey will need to travel to the Belmont station and transfer to a southbound Brown Line train back to the station. Northbound customers who wish to board at the Diversey station will need to board a southbound train and exit at Fullerton to board a northbound Brown Line train.

Brown Line Northbound ? 6 p.m. Sunday, May 21 to 1 a.m. Monday, May 22
At Belmont station, northbound Brown Line customers will again board on the west side of the northbound platform.

At 4 a.m. Monday, May 22 northbound Brown Line trains will resume normal service.

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 Remain Open This Weekend
Both the Kimball and Francisco stations on the Brown Line will remain open this weekend. The Kedzie and Rockwell stations closed on February 20 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.

Blue Line Signal Upgrade:
CTA is working to upgrade approximately 20 miles of the existing 40-year-old train control system and power supply equipment from the Forest Park terminal of the Blue Line Forest Park branch through the Dearborn Subway to the Jefferson Park station of the Blue Line O'Hare branch.

These systems ensure the safe operation and movement of trains, and the appropriate speed and distance between trains as well as help CTA personnel manage rail service in the event of an emergency. The upgraded signal system will result in improved reliability of service for Blue Line customers, and also includes upgrades to the power cables and communication system needed to connect the Red Line State Street subway and Blue Line Dearborn Street subway as part of the Block 37 project.

Single Track in Effect Saturday/Sunday
Single track service will be in effect between Belmont and Addison from 10 p.m. Saturday, May 20 until 10 a.m. Sunday, May 21. 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 This Weekend
Single track service will be in effect between Garfield and 69th from 8 p.m. Friday, May 19 until 8 a.m. Saturday, May 20 and again in the same location, from 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20 until 11 a.m. Sunday, May 21. Customers should allow extra travel time.

Run/Walk Closes Downtown Streets
The Main Course 10K Run/5K Walk will close several downtown streets from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Sunday, May 21. The closures are: Columbus between Roosevelt and Balbo; Roosevelt between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive; and 18th Street between Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive.

Buses on the #6 Jackson Park Express, #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #12 Roosevelt, #14 Jeffery Express, #130 Grant Park Treasures and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express routes may experience intermittent service delays and may be rerouted to adjacent streets during the race.

Summer Service to Museum Campus through Labor Day
Summer service has begun on the CTA's #130 Grant Park Treasures bus route. 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.

Lawrence Closed for Water Main Work through July 15
Lawrence is closed at 4600 West through July 15 for water main work. #81 Lawrence buses will operate in both directions via Lawrence, Cicero, Elston, back to Lawrence, then resume the regular route.

Pulaski Closed for Construction Work through May 25
Pulaski is closed at 87th Street through Thursday, May 25 for construction work. #87 87th buses will operate in both directions via Lawndale, Columbus to 87th, then resume the regular route.

#53A South Pulaski buses will be rerouted in both directions via Southwest Highway to Cicero, 95th to Pulaski, then resume the regular route.

Single Track in Effect Next Week
Single track service will be in effect between Jefferson Park and Harlem from 10 p.m. Monday, May 22 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, May 23 and again in the same location, during the same hours Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Customers should allow extra travel time.

Bridge Street Closed for Construction Work in Evanston through August 31
Bridge Street is closed at Gray in Evanston through August 31 for road construction. Eastbound #205 Chicago Golf buses will operate via Grant to Grey, McCormick, Greenbay, Ashland, Simpson to Dodge, then resume the regular route.

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