Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning the Weekend of September 2-4

September 2, 2011
NOTE: All CTA bus and rail service will operate on a Sunday/Holiday schedule on Labor Day, Monday, September 5.
 

Blue Line – Events Affecting Service

Late Night Boarding Changes at the Cumberland Station

All late night Blue Line trains will be routed to operate on the northbound (to O’Hare) tracks at the Cumberland station from 11 p.m. Tuesday, September 6 until 4 a.m. the following morning and then again from 11 p.m. Wednesday, September 7 until 4 a.m. the following morning, due to track maintenance work.
 
Southbound (to Forest Park) customers at the Cumberland 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 serving the Cumberland and Harlem stations beginning Thursday night, September 8, due to track maintenance work.
 
Phase I – at Harlem
From 11 p.m. Thursday, September 8 until 1 a.m. the following morning, Blue Line customers at the Harlem station traveling southbound (to Forest Park) must board and exit trains from the northbound (to O’Hare) side of the platform.
 
Phase II – at Cumberland and Harlem
From 1 a.m. until 4 a.m. Friday, September 9, Blue Line customers at the Cumberland and Harlem 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.

Brown Line – Events Affecting Service

Daytime Closure of Auxiliary Exit at the Francisco Station

From 6 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 3; Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5, the Sacramento Avenue auxiliary entrance/exit to the Francisco Brown Line station will be temporarily closed while crews repair the west end of the platform decking.
 
During these times, customers will be directed to enter and exit the station through the main stationhouse entrance and board and alight trains from the east end of the platform.
 

Red Line – Events Affecting Service

Late Night Trains Operating on Same Tracks at the 69th Street Station

All late night Red Line trains will be routed to operate on the northbound (to Howard) tracks at the 69th Street station this weekend and next week due to track maintenance work.
 
Friday Night
From 10 p.m. Friday, September 2 until 6 a.m. the following morning, southbound (to 95th/Dan Ryan) customers at the 69th Street station 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.
 
Next Week
From 10:30 p.m. each night until 4:30 a.m. the following morning beginning Tuesday night September 6 through Friday morning, September 9, southbound (to 95th/Dan Ryan) customers at the 69th Street station 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

Service to Wrigley Field for Monday’s Pirates vs. Cubs Game

The CTA is a convenient and affordable way to get to Wrigley Field for the Pittsburgh Pirates versus Chicago Cubs game on Monday, September 5 at 1:20 p.m. The Red Line offers direct service to Wrigley Field via the accessible station at Addison. Customers can transfer to the Red Line from all other rail lines and most east-west bus routes.
 
Importantly, the #154 Wrigley Express route, which provides direct service to Wrigley Field from parking lots at DeVry University on Rockwell, will not be in service for the Labor Day game.
 
Customers can instead use one of the following CTA bus routes that also provide convenient service directly to Wrigley Field:
 
  • #8 Halsted buses operate north on Halsted from 79th Street to Broadway/Waveland;
  • #22 Clark buses operate north through the Loop on Dearborn and south on Clark from Howard;
  • #152 Addison buses operate on Addison from Cumberland on the west to Lake Shore Drive on the east. For all games, additional service will be provided on the #152 Addison route as crowds warrant, starting 2 ½ hours before game time and operating until one hour after games end.
 

Service Following the 2011 Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field

More frequent service will be provided along the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express route following the Alabama A&M versus Hampton University game at Soldier Field on Saturday, September 3. Kick-off is 4 p.m.
 

North Coast Music Festival 2011

The CTA will provide extra rail service to accommodate concert-goers attending the North Coast Music Festival in Union Park this weekend. Hours for the festival are from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
 
Longer trains will operate on the Green and Pink lines approximately one hour before the start of the event until approximately 90 minutes after the event.
 

New/Updated Changes in Bus Service

Service Changes to #34 South Michigan Buses Serving Calumet Industrial District

To allow more efficient use of CTA resources, effective Sunday, September 4, #34 South Michigan buses will no longer travel to and from the Calumet Industrial District.
 
Previously, select #34 buses traveled to and from the Waste Management site to accommodate weekday shift changes. The decision to eliminate this portion of service was reached because customers no longer use this service.  
 
No other changes are being made to this route. Buses traveling along the #34 route will continue to operate between 131st Street/Ellis and 95th Street/Dan Ryan – with select trips serving the Carver Military Academy at 132nd Street/Doty on school days.
 

Westbound #81 Lawrence Buses Detoured for Annual Taste of Polonia Event

Currently in effect until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, September 7, westbound #81 Lawrence buses are being detoured due to the closure of Lipps Avenue between Lawrence and Ainslie for the annual Taste of Polonia Festival.
 
Westbound #81 buses are operating over the regular route along Lawrence past Lipps to Milwaukee then are traveling via Milwaukee to the south entrance of the Jefferson Park bus terminal. Eastbound #81 buses are not affected and are traveling over the regular route.
 

Temporary Changes to #80 Irving Park Bus Stops

Currently in effect until approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 14, the following changes have been made to bus stops along the #80 Irving Park bus route due to a streetscape project on Irving Park between Kostner and Kilpatrick:
 
  • Irving Park/Kostner: the westbound far side stop has been relocated to a near side stop.
  • Irving Park/Kilbourn: the westbound far side stop has been temporarily removed from service.
 

Changes to #4 Cottage Grove Bus Stops

Currently in effect, the northbound mid-block stop on Columbus Drive between Lake and South Water served by #4 Cottage Grove buses has been removed from service.
 

Fiesta Boricua Detours #70 Division Buses This Weekend

Currently in effect until approximately 3 p.m. Monday, September 5, #70 Division buses are being rerouted due to the closure of Division Street between Western and California for the annual Fiesta Boricua event.
 
Eastbound #70 buses are traveling over the regular route along Division to California then are operating via California, Augusta, Western to Division and then resuming the regular route. Westbound #70 buses will travel the reverse route. 
 

Relocation of #36 Broadway Bus Stop at Broadway/Carmen

Currently in effect, the southbound far side stop at Broadway/Carmen served by #36 Broadway buses will be returned to a near side stop.
 

#8 Halsted Buses Detoured Saturday for the Gay Softball World Series Event

From 9 a.m. until approximately midnight on Saturday, September 3, southbound #8 Halsted buses will be detoured due to the closure of Waveland between Broadway and Halsted for the Gay Softball World Series event.
 
Southbound #8 buses will travel over the regular route along Broadway past Waveland to Addison then will operate via Addison to Halsted and then resume the regular route. Northbound #8 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.
 

Reroute for Northbound #86 Narragansett/Ridgeland Buses

From 7 a.m. Tuesday, September 6 until approximately 4 p.m. Friday, September 9, northbound #86 Narragansett/Ridgeland buses will be unable to enter the main entrance to Wilbur Wright College due to an ADA ramp and sidewalk reconstruction project.
 
Northbound #86 buses will travel over the regular route along Narragansett past Wright College Drive to Montrose where they will make a near side service stop. From Narragansett/Montrose, buses will continue north along Narragansett over the regular route. Southbound #86 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.
 

Changes to Bus Stops Along Five Routes Effective Wednesday

Effective at the start of service on Wednesday, September 7, the following changes will be made to bus stops along the #7 Harrison, #12 Roosevelt, #52 Kedzie/California, #53 Pulaski and #82 Kimball/Homan routes:
 
#7 Harrison
  • Harrison/Cicero: the westbound far side stop will be relocated to a far side stop that is currently served by #57 Laramie buses.
 
#12 Roosevelt
  • Roosevelt/Independence: the westbound and eastbound far side stops will be removed from service.
  • Roosevelt/Kilbourn: the westbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop.
  • Roosevelt/Kolmar: the westbound and eastbound stops will be removed from service.
  • Roosevelt/Homan: the eastbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop.
  • Roosevelt/Spaulding: the eastbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop.
     
#52 Kedzie/California
  • Kedzie/Roosevelt: the northbound near side stop will be relocated to a far side stop.
 
#53 Pulaski
  • Pulaski/Taylor: the southbound and northbound stops will be removed from service.
  • Pulaski/5th Avenue: the northbound stop will be removed from service.
  • Pulaski/Congress: the northbound stop will be removed from service.
 
#82 Kimball/Homan
  • Central Park/Ogden: the northbound far side stop will be removed from service.
  • Central Park/16th Street: the northbound and southbound near side stops will be relocated to far side stops.
 

Relocation of #22 Clark Bus Stop Effective Thursday

Effective at the start of service on Thursday, September 8, the southbound near side stop at Clark/North Shore served by #22 Clark buses will be relocated to a far side stop.
 

Ongoing Bus Service Changes

Temporary Removal of Bus Stop at Hyde Park/Cornell

Currently in effect until approximately 4 a.m. Monday, September 5, the northbound far side stop at Hyde Park/Cornell has been temporarily removed from service due to a street and curb reconstruction project. This stop is served by #6 Jackson Park Express and #X28 Stony Island Express buses.
 

Temporary Relocation of #54 Cicero Bus Stop

Currently in effect until approximately 4 a.m. Monday, September 5, the southbound near side stop at Cicero/Lake (at the Green Line) has been relocated to a far side stop due to the demolition of a nearby building. This stop is served by #54 Cicero buses.
 

Temporary Relocation of #21 Cermak Bus Stop at Cermak/Ashland

Currently in effect until approximately 4 a.m. Friday, September 9, the westbound near side stop at Cermak/Ashland has been temporarily relocated to a far side stop due to a sidewalk construction project. This stop is served by #21 Cermak buses.
 

Water Department Project on Madison Detours Two Westbound Bus Routes

Currently in effect until approximately 6 a.m. Monday, September 12, westbound #19 United Center Express and #20 Madison buses are being rerouted due to a Water Department project on Madison between LaSalle and Franklin that is expected to result in heavy traffic congestion.
 
Westbound #19 and #20 buses will instead travel along Madison to LaSalle then will operate via LaSalle, Randolph, Clinton to Madison and then resume the regular route. Eastbound #19 and #20 buses are not affected and will travel over their regular routes.
 
(NOTE: this reroute supersedes the reroute previously in place for westbound #19 and #20 buses as part of the Stage II Wacker Drive detours)
 

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

Currently in effect until approximately 2 p.m. Friday, September 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 #93 California/Dodge Bus Stop at Lawrence/Christiana

Currently in effect until approximately 4 p.m. Friday, September 16, the northbound near side stop at Lawrence/Christiana has been temporarily relocated 60 feet east from the original location. This stop is served by #93 California/Dodge buses.
 

Repairs to Bridge Detour #111 Pullman/111th/115th Buses

Currently in effect until approximately 4 p.m. Friday, September 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.
 

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. 
 

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.
 

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.
 

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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