Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of 11/13-11/15

November 13, 2015

Red Line service will be affected by weekend construction work; CTA will provide extra service for upcoming events around Chicago

The CTA is notifying customers of weekend construction work that will temporarily affect Red Line service and about extra service that will be provided related to upcoming events around Chicago.

Howard-bound Red Line trains will run express from Berwyn to Howard bypassing several stations because of track improvement work planned over the weekend.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

For customers heading to the Northwestern vs. Purdue football game at Ryan Field and upcoming events at the United Center, the 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 Berwyn to Howard

Construction crews will perform track work as part of the Purple Express Improvement Project beginning 10 p.m. Friday, November 13 until 4 a.m. Monday, November 16. Howard-bound (northbound) Red Line trains will run express from Berwyn to Howard, bypassing the Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, Granville, Loyola, Morse and Jarvis stations.

95th-bound (southbound) trains will continue to serve all stations throughout the weekend.  

Howard-bound customers (northbound) at Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, Granville, Loyola, Morse or Jarvis stations will need to take a 95th-bound train to Berwyn 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.

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/.

LaSalle Street Bridge Closure/#156 LaSalle Reroute

The LaSalle Street Bridge will be closed beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 through the following Tuesday, Nov. 19 due to work by the Chicago Department of Transportation. The bridge closure will require the temporary reroute of #156 LaSalle buses. Southbound #156 buses will operate via Kinzie to Clark to Wacker before resuming their regular route. Northbound #156 buses will operate via Wacker to Dearborn to Kenzie before resuming their regular route.

For more information, please visit http://www.transitchicago.com/bus/156/default.aspx.

United Center Events

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

  • Friday, November 13 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Hornets
  • Sunday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. Calgary Flames
  • Monday, November 16 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers
  • Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. – State Farm Champions Classic

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.

Northwestern Football Game

The CTA will provide extra service for the Northwestern vs. Purdue game at Ryan Field at
11 a.m. Saturday. Extra rail service will be provided on the Purple Line beginning at approximately 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Ryan Field is located just west of the Purple Line’s Central station in Evanston.

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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