Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of 12/11 to 12/13; CTA Adds Service for Upcoming Sporting Events

December 11, 2015

The CTA is notifying customers of weekend track maintenance work that affect Red Line and Brown Line service this weekend. Also, the CTA will provide extra service for customers heading to the Bears game at Soldier Field on Sunday and upcoming Blackhawks and Bulls games at the United Center.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

Howard-bound Trains to Run Express from Sheridan to Howard

Construction crews will perform track maintenance work this weekend as part of the Wilson Station Reconstruction Project. Beginning 10 p.m. Friday, December 11 until 6 a.m. Saturday, December 12, Howard-bound (northbound) Red Line trains will run express from Sheridan to Howard, bypassing the Wilson, Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, 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 at Wilson, Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, Granville, Loyola, Morse or Jarvis stations 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.

Regular Red Line service will resume Saturday morning at approximately 6 a.m.

For more information on the Wilson Station Reconstruction Project, please visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/wilson/.

Kimball-bound Trains to Temporarily Bypass Diversey Station

Track maintenance work will require Kimball-bound (northbound) Brown Line trains to temporarily bypass the Diversey station this Sunday beginning at approximately 7 a.m. until
5 p.m.

Loop-bound (southbound) Brown Line trains are unaffected and will continue to serve all stations.

Kimball-bound customers who wish to exit at Diversey will need to travel to Wellington and then transfer to a Loop-bound (southbound) train.

Kimball-bound customers traveling from the Diversey station will need to board a Loop-bound train to Fullerton and transfer to a Kimball-bound train.

Normal service will resume at approximately 5 p.m.

United Center Events

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

  • Friday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. Winnipeg Jets
  • Saturday, December 12 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. New Orleans Pelicans
  • Sunday, December 13 at 6 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks
  • Monday, December 14 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers
  • Tuesday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. Colorado Avalanche
  • Wednesday, December 16 at 7 p.m. –  Chicago Bulls vs. Memphis Grizzlies
  • Thursday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers
  • Friday, December 18 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons

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 the Green and Pink lines, is located 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.

Bears Game

The Chicago Bears will host the Washington Redskins 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.

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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