Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning the Weekend of October 7-9

October 7, 2011
NOTE: CTA will operate on a normal weekday schedule on Columbus Day – Monday, October 10.
 

Blue Line – Events Affecting Service

Boarding Changes at Division, Chicago and Grand Friday Night

All late night Blue Line trains will be routed to operate on the northbound (to O’Hare) tracks between the Damen and Clark/Lake subway stations from 11 p.m. Friday, October 7 until 6 a.m. the following morning, due to crews power washing tunnel walls at the Division station.
 
Southbound (to Forest Park) customers at the Division, Chicago and Grand stations 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 Irving Park Early Next Week

All late night Blue Line trains will be routed to operate on the northbound (to O’Hare) tracks at the Irving Park station from 11 p.m. Sunday, October 9 until 4 a.m. the following morning and then again from 11 p.m. Monday, October 10 until 4 a.m. the following morning, due to track maintenance work.
 
Southbound (to Forest Park) customers at the Irving Park 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.
 

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 Montrose and Logan Square stations beginning Tuesday night, October 11, due to track maintenance work.
 
Phase I – at Addison and Belmont
From 11 p.m. Tuesday, October 11 until 1 a.m. the following morning, Blue Line customers at the Addison and Belmont stations traveling southbound (to Forest Park) must board and exit trains from the northbound (to O’Hare) side of the platform.
 
Phase II – at Irving Park, Addison and Belmont
From 1 a.m. until 4 a.m. Wednesday, October 12, Blue Line customers at the Irving Park, Addison and Belmont 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.
 

Boarding Changes at the Addison and Belmont Stations

As crews continue track maintenance work along the O’Hare branch, all late night Blue Line trains will be routed to operate on the northbound (to O’Hare) tracks between the Irving Park and Logan Square stations from 11 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 until 4 a.m. the following morning and then again from 11 p.m. Thursday, October 13 until 4 a.m. the following morning.
 
Southbound (to Forest Park) customers at the Addison and Belmont stations 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.
 

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 from 10:30 p.m. each night until 4:30 a.m. the following morning beginning Tuesday night, October 11 through Friday morning, October 14, due to track renewal work.
 
During these times, 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

Added Service for Northwestern Wildcats Football on Saturday

The Northwestern Wildcats host the University of Michigan Wolverines at 6 p.m. Saturday, October 8. In anticipation of large crowds, CTA will provide additional service and longer trains along the Purple Line beginning at approximately 3 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. (from Howard). Ryan Field is just west of the Purple Line’s Central station in Evanston.
 

CTA Covers the Chicago Marathon from Start to Finish

The CTA provides extensive bus and rail service for those heading to the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 9. The marathon begins at 7:30 a.m., starting just north of Jackson on Columbus Drive with the course winding through multiple city neighborhoods. 
 
CTA recommends customers attending the marathon purchase their farecards or Visitor Passes in advance with enough value for their return trips later in the day. This will help to decrease travel time and reduce lines.
 
CTA personnel will be on duty at select stations along the Blue, Red, Green, Brown, Pink and Orange lines and at major bus stops to assist customers and to provide travel information. 
 
CTA will operate longer trains to accommodate expected crowds. Because bus routes in the vicinity of the marathon also will be impacted with intermittent reroutes or delays due to lane closures, CTA recommends customers allow extra travel time.
 
(see separate release for details)
 

#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 8 at 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Stars versus Blackhawks
  • Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. – Winnipeg Jets versus Blackhawks
  • Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. – Boston Bruins versus Blackhawks
 
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.
 

New/Updated Changes in Bus Service

Buses Temporarily Detoured Due to Bridge Demolition Work Along Garfield Blvd.

Currently in effect until approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 11, southbound #24 Wentworth and eastbound #55 Garfield buses are being rerouted due to the closure of Garfield Boulevard between LaSalle and Perry for bridge demolition work.
 
Southbound #24 buses are unable to turn onto Garfield/55th Street and will instead continue traveling south on Wells Street. Due to this detour, southbound #24 buses will be unable to serve the Grand Boulevard Shopping Plaza. Northbound #24 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.
 
Eastbound #55 buses are traveling over the regular route along Garfield to Wells then are operating via Wells, 59th Street, State to Garfield and then resuming the regular route. Westbound #55 buses are not affected and are traveling over the regular route.
 

Water Department Project Detours #65 Grand and #94 South California Buses

Currently in effect until approximately 4 p.m. Monday, October 10, #65 Grand and #94 South California buses are being detoured due to the closure of Grand Avenue between Sacramento and Kedzie for a Water Department Project.
 
Westbound #65 buses are operating over the regular route along Grand to Chicago then are traveling via Chicago, Kedzie to Grand and then resuming the regular route. Eastbound #65 buses are traveling the reverse route.
 
Northbound #94 buses are traveling over the regular route along Sacramento past Chicago to Augusta then are operating via Augusta, Kedzie to Chicago and then resuming the regular route. Southbound #94 buses are traveling the reverse 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.
 

Relocation of #54 Cicero Bus Stop at Cicero/Lake

Currently in effect, the southbound far side stop at Cicero/Lake served by #54 Cicero buses has been returned to a near side stop following the completion of nearby demolition work.
 

Six CTA Bus Routes Detoured for Set-Up, Duration and Clean-Up of the Marathon

Currently in effect until approximately 6 a.m. Monday, October 10, six CTA bus routes are being detoured due to the closure of Columbus Drive between Roosevelt and Congress and Balbo Drive between Michigan and Lake Shore Drive for the set-up, duration and clean-up of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
 
As a result, the #2 Hyde Park, #6 Jackson Park Express, #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #14 Jeffery Express, #26 South Shore Express and #X28 Stony Island Express buses will be rerouted to adjacent streets to maintain service.
 
Northbound #2 and #10 buses will travel over their regular routes along Lake Shore Drive to Columbus then will operate via Columbus, Roosevelt, Michigan to Balbo and then resume their regular routes west on Balbo. Southbound #2 and #10 buses will travel the reverse route.
 
Northbound #6, #14, #26 and #X28 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, #14, #26 and #X28 buses will travel the reverse route.
 

Grade Crossing Repair Work at Jeffery/71st Street Detours Three Routes

From 6 a.m. Saturday, October 8 until approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday, October 11, #N5 South Shore Night, #14 Jeffery Express and #15 Jeffery Local buses will be detoured due to the closure of Jeffery Boulevard at 71st Street for grade crossing repair work.
 
Northbound #N5 and #15  buses will travel over their regular routes along Jeffery to 73rd Street then will operate via 73rd Street, Yates, South Shore Drive to 67th Street and then resume their regular routes west on 67th Street past Jeffery. Southbound #N5 and #15 buses will travel the reverse route.
 
Northbound #14 buses will operate over the regular route along Jeffery to 73rd Street then will travel via 73rd Street, Yates, South Shore Drive, 67th Street to Jeffery and then resume the regular route north on Jeffery. Southbound #15 buses will travel the reverse route.
 

Xinhai Revolution Anniversary Parade Detours Eastbound #21 Cermak Buses

From 11:30 a.m. until approximately 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 8, eastbound #21 Cermak buses will be detoured due to the closure of Cermak Road between Wentworth and Princeton for the Xinhai Revolution Anniversary parade.
 
Eastbound #21 buses will travel over the regular route along Cermak to Archer then will operate via Archer, Clark to Cermak and then resume the regular route. Westbound #21 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.
 

Columbus Day Parade in Grant Park Detours Five CTA Bus Routes on Monday

From 6 a.m. until approximately 4:15 p.m. Monday, October 10, five CTA bus routes will be detoured due to the closure of Columbus Drive between Roosevelt and Monroe and Balbo Drive between Michigan and Lake Shore Drive for the annual Columbus Day parade. The parade will step off at 12:30 p.m. and proceed north on Columbus to Monroe.
 
As a result, the #2 Hyde Park, #6 Jackson Park Express, #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #14 Jeffery Express, #26 South Shore Express and #X28 Stony Island Express buses will be rerouted to adjacent streets to maintain service.
 
Northbound #2 buses will travel over the regular route along Columbus to Roosevelt then will operate via Roosevelt, Michigan to Balbo and then resume the regular route west along Balbo. Southbound #2 buses will travel the reverse route.
 
Northbound #6, #14, #26 and #X28 buses will operate over their regular routes along Columbus to Roosevelt then will operate via Roosevelt to Michigan and then will resume their regular routes north of Balbo. Southbound #14, #26 and #X28 buses will travel the reverse route.
 
Southbound #6 buses will travel over the regular route along Balbo to Michigan then will operate via Michigan, Roosevelt to Columbus and then will resume the regular route.  
 

Ongoing Bus Service Changes

#26 South Shore Express and #30 South Chicago Buses Detoured

Currently in effect until approximately 2 p.m. Sunday, October 16, #26 South Shore Express and #30 South Chicago buses are being detoured due to the closure of the 92nd Street Bridge over the Calumet River for repair work.
 
Southbound #26 and #30 buses are traveling over their regular routes along 91st Street to Mackinaw then are operating via Mackinaw, Harbor, South Chicago, 95th Street to Ewing and then resuming their regular routes. Northbound #26 and #30 buses are traveling the reverse route.
 

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. 

 

#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.
 

Lane Restrictions near State and Grand Detour #29 State and #36 Broadway Buses

Due to lane restrictions associated with the Grand Red Line rehabilitation project at the northwest corner of State and Grand, #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 are 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.
 

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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