Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of April 6 – 8

April 5, 2007

Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project:
CTA is working to expand capacity on the Brown Line. When the work is completed, customers will benefit from longer trains during rush hour and accessible, modern stations and platforms.

Throughout the Brown Line construction project, slow zones and single track operation are periodically necessary near construction activity so, as a general rule, rail customers should allow extra travel time.

Three-Track Operation at Belmont and Fullerton Begins
Red, Brown and Purple Line Express trains are operating on three tracks instead of four at the Belmont and Fullerton stations. Although trains continue to stop at the stations, one of the four tracks along the platforms at each station has been taken out of service while the platform is rebuilt and tracks are reconfigured to allow room for elevators to be installed. The specific track to be taken out of service will vary during the course of the project.

Customers are encouraged to adjust their travel patterns by switching to bus service, or leaving earlier or later. There are more than 40 bus routes that can be used as alternate transportation, including nine lakefront express routes that provide direct service to and from the Loop during rush periods.

(See April 2 press release for details and alternate service options)

Brown Line Customers Should Allow Extra Travel Time Saturday
Work planned this weekend on the Brown Line will require trains to share the same track at the Chicago and Sedgwick stations.

7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 7
At the Chicago and Sedgwick stations, northbound Brown Line trains will share the same track with southbound Brown Line trains.
All customers at the Chicago and Sedgwick stations must board on the southbound platform. Normal northbound service will resume at these stations at
5 p.m. Saturday.

18th Street Closes for Via Crucis Procession Friday
18th Street will be closed between Union and Damen from
8:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. Friday, April 6 for the Via Crucis Viviente procession. The closure will affect buses on the #18 16th/18th.

#18 buses will operate in both directions via 18th, Damen, Cermak, Canal and 18th, then resume the regular route.

Late Night Single Track in Effect in Blue Line Dearborn Subway Next Week
A single track will be in effect between the Grand and LaSalle stations from 11 p.m. Monday, April 9 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, April 10. All customers at Jackson, Monroe, Washington and Clark/Lake stations must board on the northbound side of the platform.

Late Night Single Track in Effect in Red Line State Street Subway Next Week
A single track will be in effect between the Roosevelt and Grand stations from 11 p.m. Monday, April 9 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, April 10 and again in the same location, during the same hours Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. All customers at the Roosevelt, Harrison, Jackson, Monroe and Lake stations must board on the southbound side of the platform.

#10 Museum of Science & Industry Bus Extends Weekend Hours through April 29
To accommodate longer spring break hours at the Museum of Science & Industry, there is more frequent and later service on the #10 Museum of Science & Industry route. #10 buses are operating every 15 minutes through Sunday, April 29.

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