Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning the Weekend of November 27-29

November 27, 2009

Blue Line – Slow Zone Work

Late Night Single Track in effect at the Western Station on the Forest Park Branch

Blue Line trains will operate normal service through the Dearborn subway this weekend; however, a late night single track will be in effect for eastbound trains at the Western station on the Forest Park branch from 9 p.m. Sunday, November 29 until 4 a.m. the following morning.
 
Eastbound Blue Line customers at the Western station must board and exit trains from the westbound side of the platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 

Eastbound Trains Undergo Single Track at the Cicero and Pulaski Stations

Eastbound Blue Line trains will undergo a late night single track at the Cicero and Pulaski stations on the Forest Park branch from 9 p.m. each night until 4 a.m. the following morning beginning Monday night, November 30 through Thursday morning, December 3.
 
During these times, eastbound Blue Line customers at the Cicero and Pulaski stations must board and exit trains from the westbound side of the platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 

Two-Phase Single Track in Effect between the Cicero and Kedzie-Homan Stations

A two-phase single track will be in effect for eastbound Blue Line trains between the Cicero and Kedzie-Homan stations on the Forest Park branch beginning Thursday night.
 
Phase I – at Cicero and Pulaski
From 9 p.m. Thursday, December 3 until 1 a.m. the following morning, eastbound Blue Line customers at the Cicero and Pulaski stations must board and exit trains from the westbound side of the platform.
 
Phase II – at Cicero, Pulaski and Kedzie-Homan
From 1 a.m. until 4 a.m. Friday, December 4, eastbound Blue Line customers at the Cicero, Pulaski and Kedzie-Homan stations must board and exit trains from the westbound side of the platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 

Green Line – Slow Zone Work

Northbound Trains Undergo a Daytime Single Track at the Halsted Station

A daytime single track will be in effect for northbound Green Line trains at the Halsted station on the Ashland/63rd branch from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day beginning Tuesday, December 1 through Friday, December 4.
 
During these times, northbound Green Line customers at the Halsted station must board and exit trains from the southbound platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 

Red Line – Slow Zone Work

Trains Rerouted at the Sheridan Station This Saturday and Next Week

Northbound and southbound Red Line trains will be rerouted at the Sheridan station from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, November 28, while crews replace deteriorated rail ties, tie plates and spikes.
 
During this time, northbound and southbound Red Line trains will operate on the Purple Express tracks. Customers at the Sheridan station must board and exit trains from the outer platforms instead of the inner platforms.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.
 
Next Week
Work to reduce slow zones near the Sheridan Red Line station continues next week resulting in a reroute of northbound and southbound trains from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. each day beginning Tuesday, December 1 through Friday, December 4.
 
During these times, northbound and southbound Red Line trains will operate on the Purple Express tracks. Customers at the Sheridan station must board and exit trains from the outer platforms instead of the inner platforms.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.
 

Brown Line – Other Events Affecting Service

Late Night Reroute of Southbound Brown Line Trains at Fullerton Next Week

Due to work associated with installation of panels at the Fullerton station, southbound Brown Line trains temporarily will be rerouted to operate on the southbound Red Line tracks from approximately 8 p.m. Monday, November 30 until 4 a.m. the following morning and then again from 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 1 until 4 a.m. the following morning.
 
During these times, southbound Brown Line customers at the Fullerton station must board and exit trains from the southbound Red Line side of the platform.
 
Red Line customers and northbound Brown Line customers are not affected and will board and exit trains from their regular sides of the platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the route of each train.
 

Additional Service for Special Events

#19 United Center Express Serves Upcoming Events

CTA will operate its #19 United Center Express buses for the following events at the United Center:
 
  • Tuesday, December 1 at 7 p.m. – Columbus Blue Jackets versus Blackhawks
  • Wednesday, December 2 at 7 p.m. – Detroit Pistons versus Bulls
  • Friday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. – Nashville Predators versus Blackhawks
 
Buses will leave every 10 minutes from Michigan and Randolph beginning 90 minutes before the start of each event until the event begins.  When the event ends, #19 buses will depart the United Center approximately every 15 minutes for one hour.
 
#19 buses no longer make stops along Michigan Avenue north of Randolph, but continue to make all stops on Madison from Wabash to Clinton.  From Clinton, #19 buses run express to the United Center.
 
After each game, #19 buses will await customers on the north side of the United Center eastbound on Madison near Gate 3.  On the return trip, #19 buses will operate east on Washington to Wacker, then head south to Monroe and east to Michigan, making all stops from Jefferson to Michigan before turning north on Michigan and making the final stop at Randolph.
 

Holiday Hours in Effect on #10 Museum of Science & Industry Bus Route

With the exception of December 25, hours of operation along the #10 Museum of Science & Industry route will be extended through Thursday, December 31, 2009. 
 
Service on the #10 will begin operating from Chestnut/Lake Shore Drive each morning approximately 30 minutes prior to the Museum of Science & Industry opening and the last bus will depart from the museum approximately 40 minutes after closing.
 
Also during this time, the Museum of Science & Industry will offer extended hours – open from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Sundays – on the following dates:
 
  • Friday, November 27 through Sunday, November 29
  • Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6
  • Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13
  • Saturday, December 19 through Thursday, December 24
  • Saturday, December 26 through Thursday, December 31
 
The museum is closed on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25.
 

New/Updated Changes in Bus Service

Construction Work at the Fullerton Station Detours #11 and #74 Buses

Due to work associated with the Brown Line capacity expansion project, Fullerton Avenue at the Red/Brown Line station will be closed to all traffic from 10 p.m. Monday, November 30 until 5 a.m. the following morning and then again from 10 p.m. Wednesday, December 1 until 5 a.m. the following morning.
 
Southbound #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick buses will operate over the regular route along Lincoln past Sheffield to Fullerton where they will make a near side service stop and then will continue southeast on Lincoln over the regular route.
 
Northbound #11 buses will travel over the regular route along Lincoln to Fullerton where they will make a far side stop then will continue northwest along Lincoln and resume the regular route.
 
Eastbound #74 Fullerton buses will travel over the regular route along Fullerton to Sheffield where they will make a near side service stop. Buses will travel south on Sheffield to Webster then will operate via Webster, Lincoln, Sheffield to Fullerton.
 
Westbound service along the #74 route will begin at Fullerton/Sheffield and buses will continue west on Fullerton over the regular route.
 

Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration Detour #20 Madison and #X20 Washington/Madison Express Buses

The westbound lanes of Madison Street between Cicero and Austin will be closed to all traffic from 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday, December 3, for the 5th Annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration.
 
Westbound #20 Madison and #X20 Washington/Madison Express buses will travel over their regular routes along Madison to Cicero then will operate via Cicero, Washington, Austin to Madison and then resume their regular routes. Eastbound #20 and #X20 buses will travel the reverse route.
 

Ongoing Bus Reroutes

#11 Lincoln/Sedgwick Buses Detoured Due to Water Main Project

Currently in effect until 3 p.m. Monday, November 30, Van Buren Street between Wells and Franklin is closed to all traffic due to a water main project.
 
Southbound #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick buses will travel over the regular route along Wells to Adams then will operate via Adams, Wacker to Van Buren and then resume the regular route along Van Buren. Northbound #11 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.
 

Buses Rerouted Due to Construction on Milwaukee Avenue

Eastbound #81W West Lawrence and northbound #91 Austin buses are being rerouted until Monday, November 30, due to construction on Milwaukee Avenue between Gale and Montrose.
 
Eastbound #81W West Lawrence and northbound #91 Austin buses will travel over their regular routes to Lawrence/Milwaukee to a far side stop then will continue eastbound on Lawrence to Lipps, heading north on Lipps to enter the Jefferson Park bus terminal.
 
Westbound #81W and southbound #91 buses are not affected and will travel along their regular routes.
 

Temporary Relocation of Bus Stop at Lake Park/50th Street

Currently in effect until Tuesday, December 1, the northbound mid-block stop on Lake Park Avenue near 50th Street temporarily has been relocated approximately 100 feet north due to nearby construction work. This stop is served by #2 Hyde Park Express, #6 Jackson Park Express, #28 Stony Island and #X28 Stony Island Express buses.
 

Temporary Relocation of Bus Stops at Roosevelt/Racine

Currently in effect until Friday, December 4, the following bus stops temporarily have been relocated due to sidewalk reconstruction work at the corner of Roosevelt/Racine:
 
#12 Roosevelt
The eastbound near side stop on Roosevelt at Racine served by #12 Roosevelt buses has been temporarily relocated approximately 300 feet west and will become a mid-block stop between Lytle and Racine.
 
#60 Blue Island/26th
The southbound far side stop on Racine at Roosevelt served by #60 Blue Island/26th buses has been temporarily relocated to a near side stop.
 

Street and Sewer Repairs Detour #96 Lunt Buses

Lunt Avenue between California and Western is closed to all traffic until 7 a.m. Monday, December 14, due to a sewer repair and street resurfacing project.
 
Westbound #96 Lunt buses will travel over the regular route along Lunt to Western then will operate via Western, Touhy past California and then resume the regular route along Touhy. Eastbound #96 buses will travel the reverse route.
 

Northbound #24 Wentworth Buses Detoured Due to LaSalle Street Bridge Work

LaSalle Street between 28th and 26th streets is closed to all traffic until early-January 2010, due to the reconstruction of the LaSalle Street Bridge. Northbound #24 Wentworth buses will operate over the regular route along LaSalle to 31st Street then will travel via 31st Street, State, 26th Street to Wentworth and then resume the regular route. Southbound #24 buses will travel over the regular route.
 
Changes to #24 Wentworth Bus Stops
Due to the reconstruction of the LaSalle Street Bridge, the following changes have been made to bus stops served by #24 Wentworth buses:
 
  • LaSalle/31st Street: the northbound far side stop has been relocated to a near side stop.
  • Wentworth/26th Street: the northbound near side stop has been relocated to a westbound near side stop at 26th Street/Wentworth.
 

Southbound #36 Broadway and #145 Wilson/Michigan Express Buses Detoured at Van Buren/Wells

Until 10 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2010, southbound #36 Broadway and #145 Wilson/Michigan Express buses are being rerouted from the area of Van Buren/Wells due to work associated with the Wacker Drive Reconstruction project.
 
Southbound #36 and #145 buses will travel over their regular routes along Van Buren Street to Clark then will operate via Clark, Congress, Wells to Harrison before turning to begin northbound service. Northbound #36 and #145 buses will travel east along Harrison over the regular route.
 

Lane Restrictions near State and Grand Detour #29 State and #65 Grand Buses

Due to lane restrictions associated with the Grand/State Red Line rehabilitation project at the northwest corner of State Street and Grand Avenue, #29 State and #36 Broadway buses are being detoured to adjacent streets. These changes in service are expected to remain in place until April 2010.
 
Southbound #29 State buses will operate over the regular route along Grand past State to Clark then will travel via Clark, Illinois to State and then resume the regular route.
 
Northbound #29 buses are able to travel on the remaining open lane along State and will operate over its regular route.
 
Southbound #36 Broadway buses will travel over the regular route along State to Ontario then will operate via Ontario, Clark, Illinois to State and then resume the regular route. Northbound #36 buses will operate over the regular route along Dearborn past Illinois to Ohio then will travel via Ohio to State and then resume the regular route.
 

Temporary Removal of #66 Chicago Bus Stop

Currently in effect, the eastbound near side stop at Chicago/Clark served by #66 Chicago buses temporarily has been removed from service until Friday, April 30, 2010, due to construction.
 

14 CTA Bus Routes Affected Due to Jackson Viaduct Work

Due to the reconstruction of the Jackson Boulevard viaduct between Canal and Wacker, changes in service along 14 CTA bus routes are expected to remain in place until April 2010. The following CTA bus routes are being rerouted to adjacent streets:
 

#1 Indiana/Hyde Park
#126 Jackson
#7 Harrison
#129 West Loop/South Loop
#X28 Stony Island Express
#130 Museum Campus
#38 Ogden/Taylor
#132 Goose Island Express
#60 Blue Island/26th
#151 Sheridan
#121 Union/Wacker Express
#156 LaSalle
#123 Illinois Center/Union Express
#157 Streeterville

 
(see separate release  for details)
 

Temporary Relocation of #93 California/Dodge Bus Stop

Currently in effect until Thursday, May 27, 2010, the southbound curb-side lane of California Avenue at Granville is closed to all traffic due to construction. As a result of this lane closure, the southbound near side stop at California/Granville served by #93 California/Dodge buses temporarily has been relocated approximately 175 feet north.
 

Temporary Removal of #29 State Bus Stop at State/Pershing

Due to an underground construction project, the southbound far side stop at State/Pershing served by #29 State buses has been removed from service until Sunday, May 1, 2011.
 
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