Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning the Weekend of October 16-18

October 15, 2009

Blue Line – Slow Zone Work

Construction Work in Dearborn Subway Resumes this Weekend

Rail service between the Blue Line’s Clark/Lake and UIC-Halsted stations temporarily will be suspended from 10 p.m. Friday, October 16 until 4 a.m. Monday, October 19, as work resumes to replace track in the south end of the Dearborn subway.
 
Bus shuttles will operate as a substitute for rail service making stops adjacent to the Clark/Lake, Washington, Monroe, Jackson, LaSalle, Clinton and UIC-Halsted stations. Southbound buses will travel along Clark and Van Buren and northbound buses will operate via Harrison and Dearborn.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. 
 
(see separate release for details)
 

Trains Undergo Late Night Single Track Next Week at the Austin Station

A late night single track will be in effect for westbound Blue Line trains at the Austin station on the Forest Park branch from 9 p.m. each night until 4 a.m. the following morning beginning Monday, October 19 through Friday morning, October 23. 
 
During these times, westbound Blue Line customers at the Austin station must board and exit trains from the eastbound side of the platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 

Red Line – Slow Zone Work

Northbound Trains to Bypass the Bryn Mawr, Thorndale and Granville Stations This Weekend

Northbound Red Line trains temporarily will be unable to stop at the Bryn Mawr, Thorndale and Granville stations from 10 p.m. Friday, October 16 until 6 p.m. Sunday, October 18, due to track maintenance work. Southbound Red Line service is not affected.
 
During this time, northbound Red Line customers who want to exit at Bryn Mawr, Thorndale or Granville should exit at Loyola and board a southbound train to the appropriate station. Customers at Bryn Mawr, Thorndale and Granville who want to travel north should board a southbound train to Berwyn to access a northbound train.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.
 

Trains Rerouted at the Sheridan Station Next Week

Work to reduce slow zones near the Sheridan Red Line station resumes next week resulting in a reroute of northbound and southbound trains from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. each day beginning Tuesday, October 20 through Friday, October 23.
 
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.
 

Southbound Single Track between the North/Clybourn and Grand Subway Stations

Due to the replacement of the escalator at the Grand Red Line subway station, a late night single track will be in effect for southbound trains from 11 p.m. Saturday, October 17 until 5 a.m. the following morning.
 
Southbound Red Line customers at the Clark/Division station must board and exit from the northbound side of the platform.
 
Southbound Red Line customers at the Chicago and Grand stations must board and exit trains from the northbound platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 

Red/Brown Lines – Other Events Affecting Service

Southbound Trains Rerouted at Belmont and Fullerton This Weekend

A reroute will be in effect for Red and Brown line trains at the Belmont and Fullerton stations this weekend due to work on the platform canopies. Southbound Red and Brown line trains temporarily will be rerouted to operate on the northbound tracks from 9 p.m.  Friday, October 16 until 4 a.m. Monday, October 19.  
 
Southbound Red and Brown line customers at the Belmont and Fullerton stations must board and exit trains from the northbound Red Line side of the platform. Northbound Red Line customers at these stations must board and exit trains from the northbound Brown Line side of the platform.
 
During these times, northbound Red and Brown line trains will make stops at Diversey and Wellington; however, southbound Brown Line trains will not stop at either station.
 
Southbound Brown Line customers who want to exit at Wellington or Diversey should ride to Fullerton and transfer to a northbound train to their respective station. Customers at Wellington and Diversey who want to travel south should take a northbound train to Belmont and transfer to a southbound train.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the route and direction of each train.
 

Northbound Red and Brown Line Trains Rerouted at Fullerton Next Week

Work on the platform canopies continues next week at the Fullerton station resulting in the temporary reroute of northbound Red and Brown line trains. Trains will operate on the southbound tracks from 9 p.m. each night until 4 a.m. the following morning beginning Monday night, October 19 through Friday morning, October 23.
 
Northbound Red and Brown line customers at the Fullerton station must board and exit trains from the southbound Red Line side of the platform. Southbound Red Line customers at Fullerton must board and exit trains from the southbound Brown Line side of the platform.
 
During these times, northbound Brown Line trains will be unable to stop at Diversey and Wellington. Northbound Brown Line customers who want to exit at Diversey or Wellington should ride to Belmont and transfer to a southbound train to their respective station. Customers at Diversey and Wellington who want to travel north should take a southbound train to Fullerton and transfer to a northbound train.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the route and direction 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:
 
  • Friday, October 16 at 7 p.m. – Minnesota Timberwolves versus Bulls (preseason)
  • Saturday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Stars versus Blackhawks
  • Monday, October 19 at 7 p.m. – Orlando Magic versus Bulls (preseason)
  • Wednesday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. – Vancouver Canucks versus Blackhawks
  • Friday, October 23 at 7 p.m. – Washington Wizards versus Bulls (preseason)
 
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.
 

New/Updated Changes in Bus Service

UPDATE: Westbound Lanes of Division Street Bridge Closed for Repairs

The westbound lanes of the Division Street Bridge over the north branch of the Chicago River, between Halsted and Hooker, will continue to be closed to all traffic until 5 p.m. Friday, October 30, due to repair work.
 
Westbound #70 Division buses will operate over the regular route along Division to Larrabee then will travel via Larrabee, Chicago, Milwaukee, Elston to Division and then resume the regular route. Eastbound #70 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.
 
Southbound #132 Goose Island Express buses will travel over the regular route along Halsted past Division to North Branch Street then will operate via North Branch, Cherry to Division and then resume the regular route. Northbound #132 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.
 

UPDATE: Temporary Change in Routing for #60 Blue Island/26th Buses

Eastbound #60 Blue Island/26th buses only will travel to Randolph/Field, instead of Randolph/Harbor, before turning to begin westbound service. This change in routing will remain in effect until Monday, November 2, due to reconstruction of a nearby driveway. Westbound #60 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.
 

Construction at the Belmont Station Detours #77 Belmont Buses This Weekend

Due to construction work associated with the Brown Line capacity expansion project, Belmont Avenue at the CTA rail station will be closed to all traffic during the following times this weekend:
 
  • 9 p.m. Friday, October 16 until 9 a.m. the following morning
  • 9 p.m. Saturday, October 17 until 9 a.m. the following morning
  • 7 p.m. Sunday, October 18 until 4 a.m. the following morning
 
Eastbound #77 Belmont buses will travel over the regular route along Belmont to Sheffield then will operate via Sheffield, Addison, Halsted then return to Belmont and resume the regular route. Westbound buses will travel the reverse route.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: from approximately 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday, #77 buses will be detoured for the Gay Liberation March. See routing details below.
 

Buses Detoured on Saturday Due to the Men’s Health Urbanathlon & Festival

On Saturday, October 17 from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m., the following streets will be closed due to the Men’s Health Urbanathlon & Festival: Columbus Drive between Roosevelt and Wacker; Balbo Drive between Michigan and Lake Shore Drive; and mid-level Randolph Drive between Michigan and Lake Shore Drive. As a result of these closures, three CTA bus routes will be detoured to adjacent streets to maintain service.
 
Northbound #6 Jackson Park Express and #14 Jeffery Express buses will operate over their regular routes along Lake Shore Drive to Columbus then will travel via Columbus, Roosevelt to Michigan then resume their regular routes north on Michigan. Southbound #6 and #14 buses will travel the reverse route.
 
Northbound #10 Museum of Science & Industry buses will travel over the regular route along Lake Shore Drive to Columbus then will operate via Columbus, Roosevelt, Michigan to Balbo and then resume the regular route west on Balbo. Southbound #10 buses will travel the reverse route.
 

Gay Liberation March Detours Four Bus Routes on Saturday

From 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, October 17, the following streets will be partially closed due to the Gay Liberation March:
 
  • Halsted Street southbound between Addison and Belmont
  • Belmont Avenue westbound between Halsted and Sheffield
  • Sheffield Avenue northbound between Belmont and Clark
  • Clark Street northbound between Sheffield and Addison
  • Addison Street eastbound between Clark and Halsted
 
As a result of these lane closures, four CTA bus routes will be detoured to adjacent streets to maintain service.
 
Southbound #8 Halsted buses will operate over the regular route along Broadway past Waveland to Belmont then will travel via Belmont to Halsted and then resume the regular route. Northbound buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.
 
Southbound #22 Clark buses will travel over the regular route along Clark to Irving Park then will operate via Irving Park, Sheridan, West Sheridan, Broadway, Belmont, Halsted to Clark and then resume the regular route.
 
Northbound #22 Clark buses will operate over the regular route along Clark to Halsted then will travel via Halsted, Addison to Clark and then resume the regular route.
 
Eastbound #77 Belmont buses will travel over the regular route along Belmont to Sheffield then will operate via Sheffield, Diversey, Halsted to Belmont and then resume the regular route. Westbound #77 buses will travel the reverse route.
 
Eastbound #152 Addison buses will operate over the regular route along Addison to Clark then will travel via Clark, Irving Park, Sheridan, West Sheridan, Broadway to Addison and then resume the regular route. Westbound #152 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.
 

Temporary Removal of Bus Stop at State/Hubbard on Saturday

From 2 p.m. until approximately 10 p.m. Saturday, October 17, the southbound near side bus stop at State/Hubbard served by #29 State and #36 Broadway buses will be temporarily removed from service.
 

Railroad Track Replacement Project Detours #56A North Milwaukee Buses

Devon Avenue between Avondale and Northwest Highway will be closed to all traffic from 6 a.m. Monday, October 19 until 6 a.m. Saturday, October 31, due to a railroad track replacement project.
 
Southbound #56A North Milwaukee buses will travel over the regular route along Avondale past Devon to Oliphant then will operate via Oliphant, Northwest Highway, Devon to Harlem and then resume the regular route. Northbound #56A buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.
 

Changes to Bus Stops Effective Tuesday

Effective at the start of service on Tuesday, October 20, the following changes will be made to bus stops along the subsequent routes:
 
#8 Halsted
The northbound near side stop at Halsted/42nd Street will be reinstated.
 
#11 Lincoln/Sedgwick
  • Wells/Wacker: the southbound far side stop will be removed from service.  
  • Wells/Randolph: the southbound far side stop will be removed from service
 
#43 43rd
The southbound near side stop at Emerald/42nd Street will be removed from service.
 
#44 Wallace/Racine
The northbound near side stop at Halsted/42nd Street will be reinstated.
 
#49 Western
  • Western/Polk: the southbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop
  • 2950 N. Western: the southbound stop will be removed from service
  • Western/Lemoyne: the southbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop
  • Western/Hirsch: the northbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop
  • Western/St. Paul: the northbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop at Western/Bloomingdale
  • Western/Nelson: the northbound near side stop will be removed from service
  • Western/Belmont: the northbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop
 
#52 Kedzie/California
  • California/Diversey: the southbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop
  • California/Shakespeare: the southbound near side stop will be removed from service
  • Kedzie/Archer: the southbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop
  • Kedzie/47th Street: the southbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop
  • Kedzie/47th Place: the northbound and southbound stops will be removed from service
  • Kedzie/59th Street: the southbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop
  • Kedzie/63rd Street: the southbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop
  • Kedzie/Pershing: the northbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop
  • California/Armitage: the northbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop
  • California/Stave: the northbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop
  • California/Fullerton: the northbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop
  • California/Logan: the northbound near side stop will be removed from service
 
#77 Belmont
The eastbound near side stop at Belmont/Western will be relocated to a far side stop.

Ongoing Bus Reroutes

Temporary Reroute of #60 Blue Island/26th Buses

Loomis Street between 18th Street and 18th Place is closed to all traffic until 6 a.m. Monday, October 19 due to streetscape and crosswalk restoration work.
 
Eastbound #60 Blue Island/26th buses will operate over the regular route along Blue Island to Ashland then will travel via Ashland, 18th Street to Blue Island and then resume the regular route. Westbound #60 buses will travel the reverse route.
 

Phase III of 75th Street Sewer Project Detours #75 74th/75th Buses

Currently in effect until 5 p.m. Monday, October 19, 75th Street between King Drive and Eberhart is closed to all traffic due to sewer construction work.
 
Eastbound #75 74th/75th buses will operate over the regular route along 75th Street to King Drive then will travel via King Drive, 76th Street, St. Lawrence to 75th Street and then resume the regular route.
 
Westbound #75 buses will travel over the regular route along 75th Street to Lawrence then will operate via Lawrence, 73rd Street, King Drive to 75th Street and then resume the regular route.
 
#75 74th/75th Bus Stop Changes
Due to sewer construction work, the eastbound and westbound bus stops at 75th Street/Indiana served by #75 74th/75th buses temporarily have been removed from service until further notice.
 
Eastbound customers can board and exit #75 buses from the near side stops at 75th Street/Prairie or 75th Street/Michigan.
 
Westbound customers can board and exit #75 buses from the near side stops at 75th Street/Michigan or 75th Street/Prairie.
 

Bridge Reconstruction Work Detours Westbound #96 Lunt Buses

Currently in effect until 6 a.m. Monday, October 26, Touhy Avenue is closed between Kedzie and McCormick due to bridge reconstruction work. 
 
Westbound #96 Lunt buses will travel over the regular route along Touhy to Kedzie then will operate via Kedzie, Howard to McCormick and then will resume the regular route south of Touhy. Eastbound #96 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.
 

Buses Rerouted on Saturdays for the Near North Farmer’s Market

From 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, Division Street between State and Clark is closed for the Near North Farmer’s Market.
 
Southbound #36 Broadway 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 Division 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. 
 

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.
 

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.
 

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 will be 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.
 

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 Removal of #66 Chicago Bus Stop

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