Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning the Weekend of October 6 – 8

October 5, 2006
10/5/06

Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project:
CTA is working to expand capacity on the Brown Line. When the work is completed, customers will benefit from longer trains during rush hour and accessible, modern stations and platforms.

Throughout the Brown Line construction project, slow zones and single track operation are periodically necessary near construction activity so, as a general rule, rail customers should allow extra travel time.

Temporary Closure of Kedzie and Rockwell Brown Line Stations October 7 ? 8
Work scheduled this weekend on the Brown Line will result in the closure of both the Kedzie and Rockwell stations from 3 a.m. Saturday, October 7 to 5 a.m. Sunday, October 8. Brown Line trains will resume normal service at Kedzie and Rockwell on Sunday morning at 5 a.m.

During the Saturday and Sunday closure of Kedzie and Rockwell, Brown Line trains will operate between the Loop and the Western station. Bus shuttle service will be provided to customers free of charge between Western station and Kimball station during regular Brown Line hours as a substitute for rail service. The bus shuttle will make stops at the Western station, Rockwell and Lawrence, Sacramento and Lawrence, Kedzie and Lawrence, Kedzie and Wilson, and at the Kimball station.

(See separate release for details.)

Fullerton Brown Line Station Entrance to Temporarily Relocate Beginning Sunday
Beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, October 8, the Brown Line Fullerton station entrance will be temporarily relocated approximately 80 feet to the east of the existing entrance as CTA continues work to rebuild the Fullerton station and extend platforms. The customer assistant booth, turnstiles and farecard vending machines will all be relocated to the new entrance. Customers will continue to use the existing stairways to the elevated platforms to access Purple Line Express, and Red and Brown Line trains.

(See separate release for details.)

Hyde Park Boulevard Closes for Sewer Work through October 20
Northbound Hyde Park Boulevard is closed in the 5400 block from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. through Friday, October 20.

Northbound #6 Jackson Park Express and #X28 Stony Island Express buses will operate via Hyde Park, Garfield, Cornell, 53rd, back to Hyde Park, then resume the regular route. Southbound service is not affected.

Additional Service Provided for Bears Game Sunday
CTA will provide additional service on the #12 Roosevelt and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express and will operate the #128 Soldier Field Express for the Chicago Bears game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, October 8. The game begins at noon.

#12 Roosevelt will operate additional buses between State Street and Soldier Field.

#128 Soldier Field Express will operate non-stop between the Ogilvie Transportation Center, Union Station and Soldier Field for the convenience of Bears fans. Service will operate every few minutes from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and for one hour after the game ends.

The fare for #128 buses is $1 for full-fare customers and 50 cents for reduced fare customers. The exact cash fare is required to receive the special rate.

#146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express will operate additional buses to Soldier Field every few minutes for two hours before the game and for one hour after the game.

In addition to the extra bus service, CTA will operate longer Red, Orange and Green Line trains for customers traveling to and from Soldier Field. The stations are at Roosevelt and State, a few blocks west of the stadium. There will also be additional CTA personnel at the Roosevelt Green and Orange Line elevated and the Red Line subway stations to assist customers.

Blue Line O'Hare Elevator Temporarily Out of Service for Station Enhancement Work Beginning Monday
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Monday, October 9, the Blue Line O'Hare station platform-to-mezzanine elevator will be temporarily out of service for floor replacement through Saturday, October 14. The escalator and stairway will remain open.

Customers with disabilities who need elevator access should speak to a Customer Assistant or attendant about accessible paratransit van service between the O'Hare and Rosemont stations.

Halsted to Close for Railroad Bridge Work Sundays
Halsted will be closed between 15th and 16th streets for railroad bridge work on the following Sundays: October 8th, 15th and 29th and on November 5th. The work will take place from 2 a.m. Sunday until 3 a.m. Monday. #8 Halsted and #62 Archer buses will operate in both directions via 18th, Ashland and Roosevelt.

Blue Line Signal Upgrade:
CTA is working to upgrade approximately 20 miles of the existing 40-year-old train control system and power supply equipment from the Forest Park terminal of the Blue Line Forest Park branch through the Dearborn subway to the Jefferson Park station of the Blue Line O'Hare branch. These systems ensure the safe operation and movement of trains and the appropriate speed and distance between trains as well as help CTA personnel manage rail service in the event of an emergency.

The upgraded signal system will result in improved reliability of service for Blue Line customers, and also includes upgrades to the power cables and communication system needed to connect the Red Line State Street subway and Blue Line Dearborn Street subway.

Late Night Single Track in Effect on Blue Line Forest Park Branch Over Weekend
A three-phase single track will be in effect between the Pulaski and Austin stations Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7.

From 11 p.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday, the single track will be in effect between the Cicero and Pulaski stations. North and southbound customers boarding at the Cicero and Pulaski stations must board on the north side of the platform.

From 2 a.m. until 6 a.m. Saturday, the single track will be in effect between the Pulaski and Austin stations. North and southbound customers boarding at the Pulaski, Cicero and Austin stations must board on the north side of the platform.

From 6 a.m. until 7 a.m. Saturday, the single track will be in effect between the Cicero and Pulaski stations. North and southbound customers boarding at the Cicero and Pulaski stations will board on the north side of the platform. Customers should allow extra travel time.

There is another three-phase single track between the Pulaski and Austin stations Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8.

From 11 p.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday, the single track will be in effect between the Cicero and Pulaski stations. North and southbound customers boarding at the Cicero and Pulaski stations must board on the south side of the platform.

From 2 a.m. until 6 a.m. Sunday, the single track will be in effect between the Pulaski and Austin stations. North and southbound customers boarding at the Pulaski, Cicero and Austin stations must board on the south side of the platform.

From 6 a.m. until 7 a.m. Sunday, the single track will be in effect between the Cicero and Pulaski stations. North and southbound customers boarding at the Cicero and Pulaski stations will board on the south side of the platform. Customers should allow extra travel time.

Red Line - Dan Ryan Branch Rehabilitation:
CTA is working to replace track, power and signal systems and upgrade stations along the branch. When the work is completed, customers will experience more reliable service and modern station amenities.

Late Night Single Track in Effect on Red Line Beginning Thursday
A single track will be in effect between 79th and 87th from 11 p.m. Thursday, October 5 until 4 a.m. Friday, October 6 and again in the same location from 8 p.m. Friday, October 6 until 8 a.m. Saturday, October 7 and from 8 p.m. Saturday, October 7 until noon Sunday, October 8.

During the Thursday single track, north and southbound customers boarding at the 79th station must board on the east side of the platform. During the Friday single track, north and southbound customers boarding at the 79th station must board on the west side of the platform. During the Saturday single track, north and southbound customers boarding at the 79th station must board on the east side of the platform.

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