Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning the Weekend of October 23-25

October 22, 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 23 until 4 a.m. Monday, October 26, as crews work 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)
 

Two-Phase Single Track in Effect on Forest Park Branch Monday Night

A two-phase late night single track will be in effect for westbound Blue Line trains between the Pulaski and Austin stations on the Forest Park branch beginning at 9 p.m. Monday, October 26.
 
Phase I – Pulaski to Cicero
From 9 p.m. Monday, October 26 until 1 a.m. the following morning, westbound Blue Line customers at the Pulaski and Cicero stations must board and exit trains from the eastbound side of the platform.
 
Phase II – Pulaski to Austin
From 1 a.m. until 4 a.m. Tuesday, October 27, westbound Blue Line customers at the Pulaski, Cicero and Austin stations 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.
  

Trains Undergo Late Night Single Track Next Week at the Oak Park Station

A late night single track will be in effect for westbound Blue Line trains at the Oak Park station on the Forest Park branch from 9 p.m. each night until 4 a.m. the following morning beginning Tuesday night, October 27 through Friday morning, October 30. 
 
During these times, westbound Blue Line customers at the Oak Park 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

Trains Rerouted at the Sheridan Station This Weekend and Next Week

Northbound and southbound Red Line trains will undergo a continuous reroute at the Sheridan station from 6 a.m. Saturday, October 24 until 6 p.m. Sunday, October 25, 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, October 27 through Friday, October 30.
 
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.
 

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 23 until 4 a.m. Monday, October 26.  
 
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 Belmont Next Week

Work on the platform canopies continues next week at the Belmont 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 26 through Friday morning, October 30.
 
Northbound Red and Brown line customers at the Belmont station must board and exit trains from the southbound Red Line side of the platform. Southbound Red Line customers at Belmont 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 23 at 7 p.m. – Washington Wizards versus Bulls (preseason)
  • Saturday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. – Nashville Predators versus Blackhawks
  • Monday October 26 at 7 p.m. – Minnesota Wild versus Blackhawks
  • Tuesday, October 27 at 7 p.m. – Miley Cyrus concert
  • Thursday, October 29 at 7 p.m. – San Antonio Spurs versus Bulls (home opener)
  • Friday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. – Montreal Canadiens 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.
 

New/Updated Changes in Bus Service

#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 will be 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.
 

Temporary Relocation of Bus Stop at Madison/Mayfield

Effective at the start of service on Monday, October 26 until Friday, November 20, the southbound near side stop at Madison/Mayfield will be relocated to a far side stop due to a sewer main replacement project. This stop is served by #20 Madison and #X20 Washington/Madison buses .
 

Temporary Reroute of Four Bus Routes Due to Street Work at Michigan/Balbo

From 6 a.m. Monday, October 26 until 6 a.m. Sunday, November 1, northbound #6 Jackson Park Express, #14 Jeffery, #26 South Shore Express and #X28 Stony Island Express buses will be unable to serve the northbound far side stop at Michigan/Balbo due to repair work to the curbside lane.
 
During this time, northbound #6, #14, #26 and #X28 buses will travel over their regular routes along Balbo past Michigan to Wabash then will operate via Wabash, Harrison to Michigan and then resume the regular route.
 

Buses Detoured at the Museum of Science & Industry due to the Columbian Ball

From 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 23 until 1 a.m. the following morning, the Museum Drive Terminal at the Museum of Science & Industry will be closed to all traffic due to the Columbian Ball.
 
During this time, customers traveling to and from the museum must board and exit #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #55 Garfield and #X55 Garfield Express buses from the west parking lot, which is one block south of 57th Street along Cornell.
 

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 during the following times this weekend:
 
  • 9 p.m. Friday, October 23 until 11 a.m. the following morning
  • 9 p.m. Saturday, October 24 until 11 a.m. the following morning
  • 7 p.m. Sunday, October 25 until 4 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.
 

Ongoing Bus Reroutes

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.
 

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, are 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.
 

Railroad Track Replacement Project Detours #56A North Milwaukee Buses

Devon Avenue between Avondale and Northwest Highway is closed to all traffic 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.
 

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. 
 

Weekday Reroute in Effect for Northbound #44 Wallace/Racine Buses

The northbound lane of Wallace Street at 41st Street is closed from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. each weekday until Monday, November 2, due to viaduct work.
 
Northbound #44 Wallace/Racine buses will travel over the regular route along Wallace to 41st Street then will operate via 41st Street, Halsted, 39th Street to Wallace and then resume the regular route. Southbound #44 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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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