Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of 10/30-11/01

October 30, 2015

Portions of Red line service will be affected by weekend construction work; CTA will provide extra service for upcoming sporting events around Chicago

The CTA is notifying customers of weekend construction work that will temporarily affect some rail service and of extra service related to sporting events this week.

Howard-bound Red Line trains will run express from Sheridan to Loyola bypassing several stations because of track improvement work planned over the next two weekends.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

For fans heading to the United Center or the Bears game this weekend, CTA is a convenient and affordable transit option with extra service being provided for each event. Additional details below.


Howard-bound Trains to Run Express from Sheridan to Loyola Next Two Weekends

Construction crews will perform track work as part of the Purple Express Improvement Project beginning 10 p.m. Friday, October 30 until 4 a.m. Monday, November 2. Howard-bound (northbound) Red Line trains will run express from Sheridan to Loyola, bypassing the Wilson, Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, Thorndale and Granville stations.

95th-bound (southbound) trains are not affected by the work and will serve all stations. 

Customers at Wilson, Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, Thorndale and Granville will need to take a 95th-bound train to Sheridan and then transfer to a Howard-bound train.

Howard-bound customers who want to exit at the affected stations will need to travel to Howard and transfer to a 95th-bound train.

Similar work is scheduled for next weekend and will require Howard-bound trains to bypass stations between Sheridan and Loyola beginning Friday night, November 6 to Monday morning, November 9.

Once the project is completed later this fall, Purple Express trains will provide faster, smoother and more reliable service. For more information on the project, visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/pxproject/.

63rd Street – Dan Ryan Station Closure

The CTA’s 63rd Street Red Line station will be temporarily closed beginning Saturday morning at 12:01 a.m. until Sunday morning at 6 a.m. because of construction on the 63rd Street Bridge by the Illinois Department of Transportation. During this time, Red Line trains will bypass the station in both directions. Free shuttle buses will operate from both the Garfield and 69th Street Red Line stations during the temporarily closure to serve affected customers.

Bears Game

The Chicago Bears will host the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field this Sunday at noon. The CTA will operate the #128 Soldier Field Express between Union Station, Ogilvie and Soldier Field, and will provide additional #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express service for customers heading to the game. Additional service will begin at approximately 9 a.m. and continue until one hour after the game ends.

For more information on getting to the game on the CTA, please visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/riding_cta/popdest/sports.aspx.

United Center Events

The CTA will operate the #19 United Center Express for those attending the upcoming events at the United Center:

·         Sunday, November 1 at 6 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic

·         Monday, November 2 at  7:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings

·         Wednesday, November 4 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues

·         Thursday, November 5 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

·         Friday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. – The Weeknd Concert

Bus Service:

Extra service from #19 Express buses will leave from Michigan and Randolph beginning approximately 2 hours before the start of each event. After each event, #19 Express buses will await customers on the north side of the United Center eastbound on Madison near Gate 3. Extra #19 Express bus service will conclude approximately one hour after each event.

Rail Service:

CTA’s Ashland/Lake station served by Green and Pink lines is just a few blocks northeast of the United Center. Customers exiting at the station can transfer to #9 Ashland buses or simply walk a few blocks to the stadium. Customers taking the Blue Line can get to the United Center by exiting at the Illinois Medical District station and walking a few blocks north to the United Center.

Stay in the Loop on CTA service

Plan your trip using the Google Transit Trip Planner. Be sure to also check out CTA on Facebook or Twitter (@CTA) for system travel updates and alerts. For details about all CTA service, call 312-836-7000 or visit the CTA website at transitchicago.com.


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