Madison and Wabash Loop Link platform opens; Diversey Brown Line Station temporarily impacted by maintenance work; CTA to provide extra service for United Center events
The Chicago Transit Authority is notifying customers that the new Loop Link bus platform at Madison and Wabash will be open beginning on Sunday. CTA is also providing extra service to upcoming events at the United Center.
Separately, Kimball-bound Brown Line train service will be temporarily affected at the Diversey station this weekend due to track maintenance work.
The new Loop Link platform at Madison and Wabash will open beginning this Sunday at 5 a.m. The newly opened platform will initially only be accessible from the east end of the platform at Garland Court due to ongoing work on the nearby Washington Wabash CTA train station by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT). The west end of the platform is scheduled to be opened in late summer. All remaining Loop Link bus platforms have been open since Dec. 20, when the Loop Link began service. The Loop Link provides dedicated bus-only lanes on Washington, Madison, Clinton and Canal, serving six CTA bus routes: #J14, #20, #56, #60, #124 and #157. A seventh route, the #19, provides service to and from the United Center only on event days, such as Bulls and Blackhawks home games.
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 beginning Saturday at approximately 7 a.m. until Sunday at approximately 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. on Sunday.
United Center Events
In February, the CTA will operate the #19 United Center Express for customers attending the following events at the United Center:
- Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks
- Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks
- Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. Dallas Stars
- Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks
- Monday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
- Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. – AC/DC concert
- Friday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors
- Sunday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Clippers
- Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards
- Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators
- Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Portland Trail Blazers
- Sunday, Feb. 28 at 11:30 a.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. Washington Capitals
#19 United Center Express buses will leave from Michigan and Randolph beginning approximately two hours before the start of each event. After each event, #19 buses will operate for approximately one hour and await customers on the north side of the United Center eastbound on Madison near Gate 3.
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.
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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