Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Week of 5/16

May 16, 2016

The Chicago Transit Authority is notifying customers of upcoming events requiring temporary changes to service due to construction projects on the Blue and Green lines.

 Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

Montrose Blue Line partial station closure

Beginning at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, the Forest Park-bound side of the Montrose Blue Line platform will be temporarily closed for three weeks, requiring trains heading towards Forest Park trains to bypass the station.

For Forest Park-bound service from Montrose station, take an O’Hare-bound train to Jefferson Park and transfer to a Forest Park-bound train.

For service to Montrose station on a Forest Park-bound train, take a Forest Park-bound train to Irving Park and transfer to an O’Hare-bound train.

In addition, the south entrance and exit to the Montrose station (south of Montrose) will be temporarily closed, requiring customers to enter and exit by using the north entrance. 

Normal Blue Line service at Montrose station will resume at approximately 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7.

During the partial platform closure, customers who use the Montrose Blue Line station may want to consider using the adjacent Irving Park or Jefferson Park stations where trains will stop in both directions at all times. Customers can also use the #56 Milwaukee, #80 Irving Park and #81 Lawrence buses to connect to these stations.

As an alternative, the #80, #81, or #78 Montrose buses connect to the Brown Line or Red Line farther east for trips to downtown. North-south buses in the area connect to the Blue Line, such as the #53 Pulaski or #54A North Cicero/Skokie Blvd. (rush periods only) connecting to Irving Park station, or the #56 Milwaukee to Jefferson Park or Logan Square stations, or all the way downtown. The Metra Milwaukee District West Line service to downtown is also available at Mayfair station.

With the exception of customers who use the Montrose station, Blue Line riders will see little to no impact to service.

In December 2013, the CTA and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Your New Blue, the largest service improvement project on the Blue Line since it was extended to O’Hare Airport in 1984. For more information on the Your New Blue project, please visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/yournewblue/.

Green Line Laramie to Harlem/Lake Impacts

Green Line service will only operate between Cottage Grove-Ashland/63rd and Laramie beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, May 20 until 4 a.m. Monday, May 23, due to work associated with the Green Line West Track Renewal project.

During this time, Green Line trains will not serve the Central, Austin, Ridgeland, Oak Park or Harlem/Lake stations. CTA will operate free shuttle buses that will serve the affected stations.

CTA recommends that customers allow extra travel time during weekends when work occurs.

The Green Line West Track Renewal project is one of the biggest transit investments on Chicago’s West Side in the past 20 years and will replace rails and ties and make other track improvements to provide smoother, more reliable rides and prevent imminent slow zones from developing in the area.

For more information, visit transitchicago.com/greenwest.   

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