Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning the Weekend of October 14-16

October 14, 2011

Blue Line – Events Affecting Service

Boarding Changes at the Harlem Station on the Forest Park Branch This Weekend

All late night Blue Line trains will be routed to operate on the northbound (to O’Hare) tracks at the Harlem station from 10 p.m. Friday, October 14 until 6 a.m. the following morning and then again from 10 p.m. Saturday, October 15 until 6 a.m. the following morning, due to plumbing repair work.
 
During these times, southbound (to Forest Park) customers at the Harlem station must board and exit trains from the northbound (to O’Hare) side of the platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 

Daytime Boarding Changes at the California Station on Sunday

All Blue Line trains will be routed to operate on the southbound (to Forest Park) tracks at the California station from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 16, while crews replace portions of the third rail.
 
Northbound (to O’Hare) customers at the California station must board and exit trains from the southbound (to Forest Park) side of the platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 

Late Night Two-Phase Single Track Operation in Effect on O’Hare Branch

A two-phase single track operation will be in effect for all late night Blue Line trains operating between the Addison and California stations beginning Sunday night, October 16, due to track maintenance work.
 
Phase I – at Logan Square
From 11 p.m. Sunday, October 16 until 1 a.m. the following morning, Blue Line customers at the Logan Square station traveling southbound (to Forest Park) must board and exit trains from the northbound (to O’Hare) side of the platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 
Phase II – at Addison, Belmont and Logan Square
From 1 a.m. until 4 a.m. Monday, October 17, Blue Line customers at the Addison, Belmont and Logan Square stations traveling southbound (to Forest Park) must board and exit trains from the northbound (to O’Hare) side of the platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 

Late Night Trains Operating on the Same Tracks at Logan Square Next Week

All late night Blue Line trains will be routed to operate on the northbound (to O’Hare) tracks at the Logan Square station from 11 p.m. each night until 4 a.m. the following morning beginning Monday night, October 17 through Thursday morning, October 20, due to track maintenance work.
 
Southbound (to Forest Park) customers at the Logan Square station must board and exit trains from the northbound (to O’Hare) side of the platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 
Thursday Night – Affecting Northbound (to O’Hare) Trains
From 11 p.m. Thursday, October 20 until 4 a.m. the following morning, northbound (to O’Hare) customers at the Logan Square station must board and exit trains from the southbound (to Forest Park) side of the platform as track maintenance work continues.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 

Red Line – Events Affecting Service

Late Night Trains Operating on Same Tracks at the Garfield Station Next Week

All late night Red Line trains will be routed to operate on the southbound (to 95th/Dan Ryan) tracks at the Garfield station this weekend and next week due to track renewal work.
 
Friday Night
From 10 p.m. Friday, October 14 until 6 a.m. the following morning, northbound (to Howard) customers at the Garfield station must board and exit trains from the southbound (to 95th/Dan Ryan) side of the platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 
Sunday Night
From 10 p.m. Sunday, October 16 until 4:30 a.m. the following morning, northbound (to Howard) customers at the Garfield station must board and exit trains from the southbound (to 95th/Dan Ryan) side of the platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 
Monday Night through Friday Morning
From 10:30 p.m. each night until 4:30 a.m. the following morning beginning Monday night, October 17 through Friday morning, October 21, northbound (to Howard) customers at the Garfield station must board and exit trains from the southbound (to 95th/Dan Ryan) side of the platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 

Service for Upcoming Events

#19 United Center Express Serves Upcoming Events at the United Center

CTA will operate its #19 United Center Express for those attending the following events at the United Center this weekend and next week:
 
  • Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. – Boston Bruins versus Blackhawks
  • Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. – PowerShares QQQ Challenge
 
Buses will leave every 12-15 minutes from Michigan and Randolph beginning 90 minutes before the start of each event. After each event, #19 buses will await customers on the north side of the United Center eastbound on Madison near Gate 3 and will depart approximately every 15 minutes for one hour.
 
Temporary Changes in Service for #19 Buses
Due to the closure of some downtown streets for Stage II of the Wacker Drive construction project, the following service changes are in effect along the #19 route:
 
Eastbound #19 buses are no longer being rerouted and have resumed traveling east on Washington over the regular route. The following changes have been made to bus stops served by eastbound buses:
 
  • Monroe/Canal: the temporary eastbound far side stop has been removed from service.
  • Washington/Canal: buses have resumed serving the eastbound near side stop.
  • Washington/Franklin: the eastbound near side stop has been temporarily relocated to a far side stop.
  • Washington/State: buses have resumed serving the eastbound far side stop.
 
Westbound #19 buses are being detoured and are traveling over the regular route along Madison to Franklin then operating via Franklin to Randolph and resuming the regular route. The following changes have been made to stops served by westbound buses:
 
  • Madison/Wacker: the westbound far side stop has been temporarily removed from service.
  • Madison/Clinton: the westbound near side stop has been temporarily removed from service.
  • Randolph/Wacker: buses are serving the westbound near side stop.
  • Randolph/Canal: buses are serving the westbound near side stop.
  • Randolph/Jefferson: buses are serving the new westbound near side stop.
 

CTA Provides Service for the Vikings versus Bears Game this Sunday

Fans heading to the Minnesota Vikings versus Bears game on Sunday, October 16, will find the #128 Soldier Field Express and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express buses provide affordable and convenient travel options. Kickoff is at 7:20 p.m.
 
The #128 Soldier Field Express operates non-stop between the Ogilvie Transportation Center, Union Station and Soldier Field. Service will begin at approximately 4:50 p.m. After the game, buses will leave Soldier Field every few minutes for approximately one hour.
 
The cash fare for #128 buses is $1 for full-fare customers and 50 cents for reduced-fare customers. Exact fare is required. Customers who use CTA fare media on the #128 will be charged a regular CTA bus fare.
 
In addition, Red, Orange and Green line trains serve customers traveling to and from Soldier Field via the Roosevelt station a few blocks west of the stadium.
 
Buses Rerouted
In anticipation of heavy traffic along Roosevelt and Lake Shore Drive due to the football game at Soldier Field, the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express will be detoured from 5:30 p.m. until approximately 11:30 p.m. on Sunday.
 
Southbound #146 buses will travel over the regular route along Columbus to Lake Shore Drive then will operate via Lake Shore Drive, 18th Street to Museum Campus Drive and then resume the regular route.
 
Northbound #146 buses will travel over the regular route along Museum Campus Drive to Waldron then will operate via Waldron, Lake Shore Drive to Columbus and then resume the regular route.
 

New/Updated Changes in Bus Service

Sewer Construction Project Detouring Westbound #76 Diversey Buses

Currently in effect until approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, westbound #76 Diversey buses are being detoured due to the closure of Diversey Avenue at Kostner for a sewer construction project.
 
Westbound #76 buses are traveling over the regular route along Diversey to Pulaski then are operating via Pulaski, Belmont, Cicero to Diversey and then resuming the regular route. Eastbound #76 buses are not affected and are traveling over the regular route.
 

Westbound #55 Garfield Buses Detoured Due to Bridge Demolition Work

Currently in effect until approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 19, westbound #55 Garfield buses are being rerouted due to the closure of Garfield Boulevard between LaSalle and Perry for bridge demolition work.
 
Westbound #55 buses are operating over the regular route along Garfield to State then are traveling via State, 59th Street, Wentworth to Garfield and then resuming the regular route. Eastbound #55 buses are not affected and are traveling over the regular route.
 

Daytime Reroutes in Effect for Five Routes Due to Building Construction Work

Currently in effect through Wednesday, November 2, five CTA bus routes will undergo temporary reroute during weekdays only due to construction on Illinois between Peshtigo and Lower Lake Shore Drive.
 
From 9 a.m. each day until approximately 4 p.m. buses along the #2 Hyde Park Express, #29 State, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago and #124 Navy Pier will be rerouted to adjacent streets.
 
Northbound #29 and eastbound #65 buses will travel over the regular route to Illinois/Columbus then will operate via Columbus, Lower Wacker, Lower Lake Shore Drive to Illinois then continue east on Illinois over the regular route. Southbound #29 and westbound #65 buses are not affected and will operate over the regular route.
 
Northbound #2 and eastbound #66 buses will travel over the regular route to Columbus/Illinois then will operate via Columbus to Lower Wacker, Lower Lake Shore Drive to Illinois and then continue east on Illinois over the regular route. Southbound #2 and westbound #66 buses are not affected and will operate over the regular route.
 
Eastbound #124 buses will travel over the regular route to Columbus/Lower Wacker then will operate via Lower Wacker, Lower Lake Shore Drive to Illinois then continue east on Illinois over the regular route. Westbound #124 buses are not affected and will operate over the regular route.
 

Bus Stop Change Affects Five Routes

Beginning Friday, October 14 until Thursday, August 1, 2013, the mid-block bus stop located at 5800 South on Stony Island has been temporarily removed due to construction.
 
This stop is served by the #2 Hyde Park Express, #6 Jackson Park Express, #15 Jeffery Local, #28 Stony Island and #X28 Stony Island buses.
 

Helicopter Lift Detours Buses on Division Street

From 7:30 a.m. until approximately 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, Division Street will be closed between Orleans and LaSalle for a helicopter lift. 
 
Eastbound #70 Division buses will travel over the regular route to Division/Orleans then will operate via Orleans, Oak, LaSalle to Division and then resume the regular route. Westbound buses will travel the reverse route.
 

Eastbound #21 Cermak Buses Temporarily Rerouted Saturday

On Saturday, October 15, from 11:30 a.m. until approximately 3:30 p.m., #21 Cermak buses will undergo temporary reroute due to the Double Ten Parade. The parade steps off at 1 p.m.
 
Eastbound #21 buses will travel over the regular route to Cermak/Archer then will operate via Archer, Clark to Cermak and then resume the regular route. Westbound buses are not affected and will operate over the regular route.
 

Two Bus Routes Temporarily Detoured Next Tuesday

On Tuesday, October 18, from 7 a.m. until approximately 8 p.m., northbound #54A North Cicero/Skokie and westbound #97 Skokie buses will be temporarily rerouted due to a sewer repair project.
 
Northbound #54A and westbound #97 buses will operate over the regular route past Dempster/Bronx and then will travel via Dempster to Skokie Boulevard past Gross Point and then continue north on Skokie Boulevard over the regular route.
 
Southbound #54A and eastbound #97 buses are not affected and will operate over the regular route.
 

Ongoing Bus Service Changes

Temporary Relocation of #72 North Bus Stop at North Avenue/Oak Park

Currently in effect until approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, the westbound near side stop at North Avenue/Oak Park has been relocated to a mid-block stop roughly 140-feet east of its original location. This stop is served by #72 North buses.
 

Near North Farmer’s Market Detours #36 Broadway and #70 Division Buses

From 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Saturday through October 29, #36 Broadway and #70 Division buses will be detoured due to the closure of Division Street between State and Clark for the Near North Farmer’s Market.
 
Southbound #36 buses will travel over the regular route along Clark past Division to Maple then will operate via Maple to State and then resume the regular route. Northbound #36 buses will operate over the regular route along State to Elm then will travel via Elm to Clark and then resume the regular route.
 
Eastbound #70 buses will travel over the regular route along Division to Clark and then will operate via Clark, Maple to Dearborn and then resume the regular route. Westbound #70 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route. 
 
Temporary Relocation of #22 Clark Bus Stop
Currently in effect until approximately 4 p.m. Friday, November 4, the northbound near side stop at Clark/Addison served by #22 Clark buses has been relocated to a far side stop due to nearby construction work.
 

#8A South Halsted Buses Detoured Due to a Viaduct Construction Project

Currently in effect until approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 15, #8A South Halsted buses are being detoured due to a viaduct construction project along Halsted Street between 85th and 87th streets.
 
Southbound #8A buses are traveling over the regular route along Halsted to 85th Street/Summit then are operating via Summit, 87th Street to Halsted and then resuming the regular route.
 
Northbound #8A buses are traveling over the regular route along Halsted to Vincennes then are operating via Vincennes, Summit to Halsted and then resuming the regular route.
 

Temporary Removal of Bus Stop at Stony Island/83rd Street

Currently in effect until approximately 4 p.m. Friday, November 18, the northbound near side stop at Stony Island/83rd Street has been temporarily removed from service due to a water management construction project. This stop is served by #28 Stony Island and #X28 Stony Island Express buses.
 

Detour of #111 Pullman/111th/115th Buses for Bridge Repairs Extended

Currently in effect until approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 30, #111 Pullman/111th/115th buses are being detoured from Cottage Grove between 98th Street and 100th Place due to bridge repair work.
 
Southbound #111 buses are traveling over the regular route along 95th Street to King Drive then operating via King Drive, 100th Street to Cottage Grove and resuming the regular route. Northbound #111 buses are traveling the reverse route.
 

Construction Detours #20 Madison and #90 Harlem Buses Until December

Currently in effect until Friday, December 2, eastbound #20 Madison (Owl service) buses and #90 Harlem buses are being detoured due to the closure of North Boulevard and South Boulevard between Marion and Home for a construction project.
 
Eastbound #20 (Owl service) buses are operating over the regular route along Harlem past North Boulevard to Washington then are traveling via Washington, Maple, Randolph, Harlem to Lake and resuming the regular route. Westbound #20 (Owl service) buses are not affected and are traveling over the regular route.
 
Southbound #90 buses are traveling over the regular route along Harlem past North Boulevard to Washington then are operating via Washington, Maple, Randolph, Harlem to Harlem/South Boulevard before beginning northbound service. From Harlem/South Boulevard, northbound #90 buses are traveling north on Harlem over the regular route.
 

Changes in Service along #8 Halsted Route for Bridge Reconstruction Project

Currently in effect until late-December 2011, Halsted Street between Division and the north branch of the Chicago River is closed due to a bridge reconstruction project.
 
Northbound #8 Halsted buses are traveling over the regular route along Halsted past Chicago to North Branch then are operating via North Branch, Cherry, Division to Halsted and then resuming the regular route. Southbound #8 buses are traveling the reverse route.
 
Changes to Bus Stops
  • Halsted/North Branch: the northbound far side stop on Halsted has been temporarily relocated to a far side stop on North Branch at Halsted.
  • Halsted/Division: the southbound far side stop has been temporarily relocated to a near side stop.
 

Temporary Bus Stop Changes due to Madison Street Viaduct Project

Currently in effect until approximately 3 p.m. Saturday, December 31, the following bus stop changes are in effect due to the Madison Street viaduct project. These changes are affecting service along seven routes.
 
  • Canal/Madison: the northbound far side stop will be removed from service. This stop is served by #60 Blue Island/26th, #124 Navy Pier, #125 Water Tower Express, #129 West Loop/South Loop (PM service only), #130 Museum Campus, #132 Goose Island Express and #157 Streeterville/Taylor buses.
  • Canal/Washington: a temporary northbound near side stop will be added. This stop will be served by #132 buses.
 

Service Changes to 14 Downtown Bus Routes for Stage II of Wacker Drive Project

Currently in effect, changes in service have been made to 14 CTA bus routes that operate in the downtown area near Wacker Drive and Madison due to work associated with Stage II of the Wacker Drive construction project.
 
Construction on Wacker Drive will result in changes along the following routes: 
 
#11 Lincoln/Sedgwick (bus stops only)
#121 Union/Wacker Express
#14 Jeffery Express
#122 Illinois Center/Ogilvie Express
#19 United Center Express
#123 Illinois Center/Union Express
#20 Madison
#124 Navy Pier
#56 Milwaukee
#125 Water Tower Express
#60 Blue Island/26th
#129 West Loop/South Loop
#120 Ogilvie/Wacker Express
#157 Streeterville/Taylor
 
(see separate release for details)
 

Service Adjustments Due to the Congress/Wacker Construction Project

Due to the Congress/Wacker Construction Project, Franklin Street between Harrison and Van Buren and Lower Wacker Drive between Randolph and Harrison are closed until May 2012. As a result of these closures and other street reconfigurations, the following changes in bus service currently are in effect:
 
#11 Lincoln/Sedgwick
Northbound #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick buses are traveling over the regular route along Harrison to Canal then are operating via Canal, Jackson to Franklin and resuming the regular route. Southbound #11 buses are not affected and are traveling over the regular route.
 
The following temporary changes also have been made to bus stops served by northbound #11 buses:
 
  • Canal/Harrison: a far side stop has been added to service.
  • Canal/Jackson: a near side stop has been added to service.
  • Jackson at the Chicago River: a near side stop has been added to service.
  • 404 W. Harrison: the mid-block stop has been removed from service.
  • Franklin/Van Buren: the far side stop has been removed from service.
 
#121 Union/Wacker Express
Northbound #121 Union/Wacker Express buses are operating over the regular route along Jackson past Wacker to Franklin then are traveling via Franklin, Lake, Post Place to Lower Wacker and then resuming the regular route.
 
Southbound #121 buses are operating over the regular route along Grand to Wabash then traveling via Wabash, Wacker, Franklin to Adams and then resuming the regular route.
 
#135 Clarendon/LaSalle Express
From Union Station, northbound #135 Clarendon/LaSalle Express buses are traveling south on Wacker to Jackson then are traveling east on Jackson past Franklin and resuming the regular route.
 
The following temporary changes have been made to bus stops served by northbound #135 buses:
 
  • Jackson/Franklin: a near side stop has been added to service.
  • Franklin/Jackson: the near side stop has been removed from service.
 
#136 Sheridan/LaSalle Express
From Union Station, northbound #136 Sheridan/LaSalle Express buses are operating south on Wacker to Van Buren then are traveling via Van Buren, Canal to Jackson and resuming the regular route.
 
The following temporary changes have been made to bus stops served by northbound #136 buses:
 
  • Jackson/Franklin: a near side stop has been added to service.
  • Franklin/Jackson: the near side stop has been removed from service.
 
#156 LaSalle (PM Service Only)
During the evening rush period only, northbound #156 LaSalle buses departing from Union Station are traveling west on Van Buren to Wacker then are operating via Wacker to Jackson and resuming the regular route.
 
The following temporary bus stop change has been made and is in effect for northbound #156 buses during the evening rush period only: 
 
  • Franklin/Jackson: the near side stop has been removed from service.
 

Relocation of #36 Broadway Bus Stop Due to Nearby Construction

Currently in effect until Friday, July 12, 2013, the southbound near side stop at Broadway/Elmdale served by #36 Broadway buses has been relocated to a far side stop due to nearby construction.
 
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