Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of 8/5 – 8/7

August 3, 2016

Separate Weekend Construction Work to Impact Rail Service

The Chicago Transit Authority is notifying customers of separate construction work affecting the Addison Blue Line station and Loop elevated tracks this weekend.

The construction work will require the temporary weekend closure of the Addison Blue Line station and the partial closure of Loop elevated tracks due to Chicago Department of Transportation work on the Washington/Wabash station.

In general, weekend work will begin Friday evening and continue through early Monday morning. Normal service will resume prior to the start of morning rush service.

Separately, CTA is providing extra service for upcoming events at Soldier Field and the United Center.

Loop ‘L’ trains detoured due to closure of tracks along Lake and Wabash

Beginning 10 p.m. Friday, August 5 until 4 a.m. Monday, August 8, the portions of Loop Elevated tracks along Lake Street and Wabash will be closed related to construction work on the new Washington/Wabash CTA station, a project managed by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT). As a result of these track closures, Brown, Orange, Green and Pink line trains will be rerouted as follows:

Orange and Brown Lines: Trains will operate as one route, between Kimball and Midway, via Wells and Van Buren.

Green Line: Trains will operate between Harlem/Lake and Cottage-Ashland/63rd via Wells and Van Buren.

Pink Line: Trains will operate between 54th/Cermak and downtown via Wells and Van Buren. Trains will begin/end their trips at Roosevelt station.

Customers may transfer between the Loop elevated, and Blue and Red line subways at Harold Washington Library (Loop elevated) and Jackson (Blue and Red lines) stations.

For more information, visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/travel_information/alert_detail.aspx?AlertId=35877.

Temporary weekend closure of Addison Blue Line station

The Addison Blue Line station will be temporarily closed beginning 10 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Monday. During this time, Blue Line trains traveling in both directions will bypass the Addison station while the CTA modernizes the station as part of its Your New Blue modernization of the Blue Line O’Hare branch. Improvements to Addison include the addition of an elevator.

Free shuttle bus service will be provided between the Addison and Belmont Blue line stations throughout the temporarily closure. O’Hare- and Forest Park-bound customers at Addison can access Blue Line trains by taking the free shuttle buses to the Belmont station. Blue Line customers traveling to the Addison station will need to exit at Belmont and then transfer to the free bus shuttle.

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

Next Week: Irving Park Blue Line partial platform closure

Your New Blue station and platform renewal work at the Irving Park Blue Line station will require the temporary closure of a portion of the platform, beginning 9 p.m. Tuesday, August 9 through Tuesday, August 30. During this time, O’Hare-bound trains will not serve the station.

With the exception of customers who use the Irving Park station, Blue Line riders will see little to no impacts to service.

Train Service at Irving Park

For service from Irving Park, O’Hare-bound customers will need to take a Forest Park-bound train to Addison and transfer to an O’Hare-bound train.

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

Alternate Service Options

Customers who use the Irving Park station may want to consider using the adjacent Montrose or Addison stations, where trains will stop in both directions at all times. Customers can use the #152 Addison and #78 Montrose buses to connect to these stations.

The #152, #78, or #80 Irving Park routes also connect to the Brown Line or Red Line farther east for trips to downtown. Customers can also use north-south buses in the area such as the #82 Kimball/Homan to connect to the Blue Line at Belmont station, or the #56 Milwaukee to Jefferson Park or Logan Square stations, or all the way downtown. Metra Union Pacific Northwest Line service to downtown is also available near the Irving Park station, located a short walk west of the CTA Irving Park station

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

Bears Family Fun Fest at Soldier Field

To accommodate fans attending Bears Family Fun Fest at Soldier Field, CTA will provide additional bus service Saturday, August 6, on the #130 Museum Campus and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express routes.

The extra service on #130 and #146 will run until approximately one hour after the event ends.

Customers also can travel to Soldier Field via Red, Orange or Green Line trains. The Roosevelt station is located at Roosevelt and State, a few blocks west of the stadium.

Barbra Streisand at the United Center

The CTA will operate the #19 United Center Express for customers attending the Barbra Streisand concert at the United Center on Tuesday, August 9.

#19 United Center Express buses will leave from Michigan and Randolph beginning at approximately 6 p.m. until approximately one hour after the event ends. Buses will board 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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