Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning the Weekend of October 22-24

October 22, 2010

Blue Line – Other Events Affecting Service

Single Track Operation in Effect at the Pulaski and Cicero Stations

A single track operation will be in effect for all late night Blue Line trains serving the Pulaski and Cicero stations from 10 p.m. Sunday, October 24 until 4 a.m. the following morning and then again from 10 p.m. Monday, October 25 until 4 a.m. the following morning, due to track maintenance.
 
Blue Line customers at the Pulaski and Cicero stations traveling westbound (to Forest Park) must board and exit trains from the eastbound (to O’Hare) side of the platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 

All Trains to Operate on the Same Tracks at Racine and Illinois Medical District

All Blue Line trains will be routed to operate on the eastbound (to O’Hare) tracks at the Racine and Illinois Medical District stations from 10 p.m. Tuesday, October 26 until 4 a.m. the following morning, due to track maintenance work.
 
Blue Line customers at the Racine and Illinois Medical District stations traveling westbound (to Forest Park) must board and exit trains from the eastbound (to O’Hare) side of the platform.
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 
Wednesday and Thursday Nights – Westbound
From 10 p.m. Wednesday, October 27 until 4 a.m. the following morning and then again from 10 p.m. Thursday, October 28 until 4 a.m. the following morning, all Blue Line trains will be routed to operate on the westbound (to Forest Park) tracks at the Illinois Medical District and Racine stations as track maintenance work continues.
 
Blue Line customers at the Illinois Medical District and Racine stations traveling eastbound (to O’Hare) must board and exit trains from the westbound (to Forest Park) side of the platform.
 
 
Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.
 

Red Line – Other Events Affecting Service

Late Night Trains to Operate on the Same Tracks at the 47th Street Station

All late night Red Line trains will be routed to operate on the southbound (to 95th/Dan Ryan) tracks at the 47th Street station from 11 p.m. Sunday, October 24 until 4 a.m. the following morning, due to track maintenance work.
 
Red Line customers at the 47th Street station traveling northbound (to Howard) 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.
 
Next Week – Northbound
From 11 p.m. each night until 4 a.m. the following morning beginning Monday night, October 25 through Thursday morning, October 28, all late night Red Line trains will be routed to operate on the northbound (to Howard) tracks at the 47th Street Station.
 
During these times, Red Line customers at the 47th Street station traveling southbound (to 95th/Dan Ryan) must board and exit trains from the northbound (to Howard) 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

CTA Service to Upcoming Games at the United Center

CTA will operate its #19 United Center Express for those attending the upcoming games at the United Center:
 
  • Friday, October 22 at 7 p.m. – Indiana Pacers versus Bulls (pre-season)
  • Saturday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. – Columbus Blue Jackets versus Blackhawks
  • Wednesday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. – Los Angeles Kings versus Blackhawks
  • Friday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. – Edmonton Oilers versus Blackhawks
 
Buses will leave every 12-15 minutes from Michigan and Randolph beginning 90 minutes before the start of each game. When the game ends, #19 buses will depart the United Center approximately every 15 minutes for one hour.
 
#19 buses 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.
 

Added Service for Northwestern Wildcats Football on Saturday

The Northwestern Wildcats host the Michigan State Spartans at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 23.  In anticipation of larger crowd, CTA will provide additional service and longer trains along the Purple Line beginning at approximately 9:30 a.m. and will continue after the game as crowds warrant.  Ryan Field is just west of the Purple Line’s Central station in Evanston.
 

CTA Provides Service for Bears Game

The #128 Soldier Field Express and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express buses are convenient travel options for fans heading to the Bears game on Sunday, October 24 versus the Washington Redskins. Kickoff is at noon.
 
The #128 Soldier Field Express operates non-stop between the Ogilvie Transportation Center, Union Station and Soldier Field. Service will begin at approximately 9:30 a.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. The exact cash 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, four CTA bus routes will be detoured from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 24.
 
Southbound #6 Jackson Park Express and #10 Museum of Science & Industry buses will travel over their regular routes along Balbo to Michigan then will operate via Michigan, Cermak, King Drive, 31st Street to Lake Shore Drive and then resume their regular routes. Northbound #6 and #10 buses will travel the reverse route.
 
Southbound #14 Jeffery Express buses will operate over the regular route along Michigan past Balbo to Cermak then will operate via Cermak, King Drive, 31st Street to Lake Shore Drive and then resume the regular route. Northbound #14 buses will travel the reverse route.
 
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

UPDATE: #78 Montrose Buses Resume Regular Routing

Effective immediately, #78 Montrose buses have resumed their normal routing following the completion of work on a streetscape project at the intersection of Clark/Wilson.
 

UPDATE: #111 Pullman/111th/115th Buses Resume Regular Routing

Effective immediately, #111 Pullman/111th/115th buses have resumed their normal routing due to completion of bridge and deck replacement work on the 111th Street Bridge over Interstate 57 (I-57).
 

Bridge Work Detours Two CTA Bus Routes Effective Immediately

Currently in effect until Friday, December 31, #26 South Shore Express and #30 South Chicago Express buses are being rerouted due to the closure of the Ewing Street Bridge over the Calumet River for repair work.
 
Northbound #26 and #30 buses are traveling over the regular route along Ewing to 95th Street then are operating via 95th Street, South Chicago, Harbor, Mackinaw to 91st Street and continuing west on 91st Street over the regular route.
 
Southbound #26 and #30 buses are traveling over the regular route along 91st Street to Mackinaw then are operating via Mackinaw, Harbor, South Chicago, 95th Street to Ewing and continuing south on Ewing over the regular route.
 

Painting of the Washington Street Bridge Detours Four Bus Routes This Weekend

From 8 p.m. Friday, October 22 until 6 a.m. the following morning and then again from 8 p.m. Saturday, October 23 until 6 a.m. the following morning, the #20 Madison, #56 Milwaukee, #60 Blue Island/26th Street and #124 Navy Pier buses will be detoured due to the painting of the Washington Street Bridge over the south branch of the Chicago River.
 
Eastbound #20 and southbound #56 buses will travel over their regular routes along Washington to Clinton then will operate via Clinton, Monroe, Wacker to Washington and then resume the regular route. Westbound #20 and northbound #56 buses are not affected and will travel over their regular routes.
 
Eastbound #60 and #124 buses will operate over their regular routes along Canal past Washington to Lake then will travel via Lake, Wacker to Washington and then resume the regular route. Westbound #60 and #124 buses are not affected and will travel over their regular routes.
 

Weekend Event at the Museum of Science & Industry Detours Two Routes

From noon on Saturday, October 23 until noon on Sunday, October 24, #10 Museum of Science & Industry and #55 Garfield buses will be unable to enter the Museum Drive Terminal due to an event at the Museum of Science & Industry.
 
Customers traveling to and from the museum must board and exit #10 and #55 buses from the west parking lot, which is one block south of 57th Street along Cornell.
 

Grand Avenue Bridge Lifts Detour Two Routes on Tuesday

From 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 26, #33 Magnificent Mile Express and #65 Grand buses will be detoured due to trial bridge lifts of the Grand Avenue Bridge over the north branch of the Chicago River.
 
Northbound #33 buses will travel over the regular route along Grand to Halsted then will operate via Halsted, Chicago, Wells to Ohio and then resume the regular route. Southbound #33 buses will travel over the regular route along Grand to Orleans then will operate via Orleans, Chicago, Halsted to Grand and then resume the regular route.
 
Eastbound #65 buses will operate over the regular route along Grand to Halsted then will travel via Halsted, Chicago, Wells to Illinois and then resume the regular route. Westbound #65 buses will operate over the regular route along Grand to Orleans then will travel via Orleans, Chicago, Halsted to Grand and then resume the regular route.
 

Chicago Avenue Bridge Lifts Detour #66 Chicago Buses on Thursday

From 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Thursday, October 28, #66 Chicago buses will be detoured due to trial bridge lifts of the Chicago Avenue Bridge over the north branch of the Chicago River.
 
Eastbound #66 buses will travel over the regular route along Chicago to Halsted then will operate via Halsted, Division, Crosby, Larrabee to Chicago and then resume the regular route. Westbound #66 buses will travel the reverse route.
 

Ongoing Bus Reroutes

Railroad Grade Crossing Resurfacing Project Detours #55 Garfield Buses

Currently in effect until approximately 4 p.m. Monday, October 25, #55 Garfield buses are being rerouted due to the closure of 55th Street between Kolmar and Kilpatrick for the resurfacing of a nearby railroad crossing.
 
Westbound #55 buses are operating over the regular route along 55th Street to Pulaski then are traveling via Pulaski, 59th Street to Kilpatrick and then entering the Midway bus terminal before beginning eastbound service. Eastbound #55 buses will travel the reverse route. 
 

#52A South Kedzie Buses Detoured at Kedzie/67th Street

Currently in effect until further notice, #52A South Kedzie buses are being detoured due to weight restrictions on the Kedzie Avenue Bridge at 67th Street.
 
Southbound #52A buses are traveling over the regular route along Kedzie to 67th Street then are operating via 67th Street, California, 71st Street to Kedzie and then resuming the regular route. Northbound #52A buses are traveling the reverse route.
 

Temporary Bus Stop Relocation for #74 Fullerton Buses

Currently in effect until Friday, October 29, the far side stop at Fullerton/Milwaukee has temporarily been relocated to a near side stop due to construction. This stop is served by #74 Fullerton buses.
 

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

From 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Saturday through October 30, Division Street between State and Clark will be closed for the Near North Farmer’s Market, resulting in a detour of the #36 Broadway and #70 Division bus routes.
 
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. 
 

Change to Bus Stop along #156 LaSalle Bus Route

A traffic lane reduction is in effect at LaSalle/Kinzie due to a Commonwealth Edison project. As a result, the northbound far side stop served by #156 LaSalle buses has been temporarily removed from service until Friday, November 12.
 

#94 South California Buses Detoured Due to a Viaduct Construction Project

Currently in effect until approximately 4 p.m. Friday, December 31, #94 South California buses are being detoured due to the temporary closure of California Avenue between Taylor and Fillmore for construction work on a nearby viaduct.
 
Northbound #94 buses are traveling over the regular route along California to Roosevelt then are operating via Roosevelt, Sacramento, Harrison to California and resuming the regular route. Southbound #94 buses are traveling the reverse route.
 

Temporary Changes in Service for #21 Cermak and #62 Archer Buses Serving the Cermak-Chinatown Station

Currently in effect, customers at the Cermak-Chinatown Red Line station must use the new entrance located on Archer Avenue approximately one block north of Cermak. This entrance will serve as the primary access point for customers while the main entrance to the station on the north side of Cermak is reconstructed and made accessible. 
 
As a result of these changes, and to accommodate customers transferring between bus and rail services, the following changes have been made to buses serving the station:
 
#21 Cermak
Eastbound #21 Cermak buses are traveling over the regular route along Cermak to Wentworth then operating via Wentworth, Archer, Clark to Cermak and resuming the regular route. Westbound #21 buses are traveling the reverse route.
 
  • Cermak/Wentworth: the near side stop at Cermak/Wentworth served by eastbound #21 buses has been temporarily removed from service.
  • Wentworth/Cermak: new temporary stops have been added at Wentworth/Cermak for eastbound and westbound #21 buses. Eastbound customers must board and exit buses from the far side stop; westbound customers must board and exit buses from the near side stop.
  • Cermak/Red Line Station: the mid-block stop near the Cermak Road entrance of the Cermak-Chinatown station has been temporarily removed from service.
  • Archer/Red Line Station: eastbound #21 buses are serving the new temporary mid-block stop near the Archer Avenue entrance of the Cermak-Chinatown station.
  • Wentworth/Archer: westbound #21 buses are serving the new temporary far side stop at Wentworth/Archer.
 
#62 Archer
  • Archer/Wentworth: the northbound near side stop at Archer/Wentworth served by #62 buses has been removed from service.
  • Archer/Red Line Station: northbound #62 buses are serving the new mid-block stop near the Archer Avenue entrance of the Cermak-Chinatown station.
 

#56 Milwaukee Bus Stop at Milwaukee/Diversey Temporarily Relocated

Until further notice, the southbound near side bus stop at Milwaukee/Diversey served by #56 Milwaukee buses has been temporarily relocated to a far side stop.
 

Lane Restrictions near State and Grand Detour #29 State and #36 Broadway 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 until further notice.
 
Southbound #29 buses are operating over the regular route along Grand past State to Clark then traveling via Clark, Illinois to State and resuming the regular route.
 
Northbound #29 buses are traveling along the remaining open lane along State and over the regular route.
 
Southbound #36 buses are traveling over the regular route along State to Ontario then operating via Ontario, Clark, Illinois to State and resuming the regular route. Northbound #36 buses are operating over the regular route along Dearborn past Illinois to Ohio then traveling via Ohio to State and resuming the regular route.
 

Temporary Changes to Bus Stops near Sheridan/Foster

Currently in effect until further notice, the northbound near side stop at Sheridan/Foster has been temporarily removed from service due to the demolition and reconstruction of a nearby building. This stop is served by #136 Sheridan/LaSalle Express, #147 Outer Drive Express and #151 Sheridan buses.
 

Temporary Removal of #126 Jackson Bus Stop at Jackson/Sangamon

Currently in effect until Friday, September 30, 2011, the eastbound far side stop at Jackson/Sangamon served by #126 Jackson buses has been temporarily removed from service due to nearby construction. Customers may board and exit eastbound #126 buses at either Jackson/Morgan or Jackson/Peoria.
 

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 Lower Wacker to the exit ramp for Upper Wacker and then traveling via Upper Wacker to Adams and resuming the regular route west on Adams.
 
#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 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.
 
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