Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of April 4/15 – 4/17

April 15, 2016

Upcoming impacts to Green Line service;

CTA to provide extra service for Blackhawks playoffs

The Chicago Transit Authority is notifying customers of upcoming events requiring temporary changes to service, including Green Line impacts as part of the Green Line West Track Renewal project.

Separately, CTA is providing extra service to the upcoming Chicago Blackhawks Playoff Games and other sporting events and concerts at the United Center.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

Green Line Laramie to Harlem/Lake Impacts

Green Line service will only operate between Ashland/63rd and Cottage Grove to Laramie beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, April 15 until 4 a.m. Monday, April 18, due to work associated with the Green Line West Track Renewal project.

During this time, Green Line trains will not serve the Central, Austin, Ridgeland, Oak Park or Harlem/Lake stations. CTA will operate free shuttle buses that will serve the affected stations.

Similar project work is scheduled to occur over five additional weekends with the project reaching substantial completion in June 2016.

CTA recommends that customers allow extra travel time during weekends when work occurs.

The Green Line West Track Renewal project is one of the biggest transit investments on Chicago’s West Side in the past 20 years and will replace rails and ties and make other track improvements to provide smoother, more reliable rides and prevent imminent slow zones from developing in the area.

For more information, visit transitchicago.com/greenwest.  

United Center Events

The CTA will operate the #19 United Center Express for customers attending upcoming events at the United Center including the Chicago Blackhawks playoff games:

  • Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. – Rihanna Concert
  • Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues
  • Tuesday, April 19 at 8:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues

Bus Service:

#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.

#50 Damen service is also a good option for customers to access the United Center from the north and south, making connections to the Orange, Pink, Blue and Brown lines. Northbound and southbound #50 buses stop on Damen at Madison. Northbound buses will await customers on Damen at Madison 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.

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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