Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of August 10 – August 12

August 9, 2007
08/09/07

Slow Zone Work
Temporary Blue Line Subway Closure This Weekend for Slow Zone Work

CTA will temporarily suspend service on the O'Hare branch of the Blue Line between Western/Milwaukee and Jackson on Friday, August 10 from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday,
August 13
in order to replace rail ties. Bus shuttles will operate as a substitute for rail service making stops at Western/Milwaukee, Damen, Division, Chicago, Grand, Clark/Lake, Washington, Monroe and Jackson.

O'Hare Blue Line Single Track in Effect Next Week
CTA Blue Line trains on the O'Hare branch of the Blue Line will share a single track between Grand and Damen from 8 p.m. each night until 4 a.m. each morning beginning Monday, August 13 through Friday, August 17. Northbound customers boarding at Grand, Chicago and Division should board on the southbound side of the platform.

CTA customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

The work is part of an aggressive new plan to eliminate slow zones. CTA is replacing deteriorated wooden rail ties with concrete rail ties which will eliminate slow zones along the tracks between Grand and Division and restore normal train speed to 55 mph.

(see separate release for additional details)

Late Night Reroutes in Effect on Red Line This Weekend
From 5 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, southbound Red Line customers boarding at Fullerton will board on the Brown Line side of the tracks due to the replacement of rail ties on the Red Line tracks.

From 8 p.m. Friday, August 10 until 5 a.m. on Sunday,
August 12, southbound Red Line customers boarding at Belmont should board on the Brown Line side of the platform.

Northbound Red Line Trains to Temporarily Reroute Beginning Late Monday Night
Northbound Red Line trains that normally operate through the subway will reroute to the elevated tracks from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, August 13 through Thursday, August 16 and Monday, August 20 through Thursday, August 23. Weeknights (Monday to Thursday) through November either northbound or southbound Red Line trains will be rerouted to the elevated tracks to allow crews to replace deteriorated wooden rail ties with concrete rail ties and eliminate slow zones from Grand to Clark/Division.

Northbound Red Line trains will operate normally between the Fullerton and Howard stations and between the 95th Street and Cermak/Chinatown stations.

Rerouted northbound trains will stop at the following elevated stations between Cermak/Chinatown and Fullerton: Roosevelt/Wabash, Adams/Wabash, Madison/Wabash, Randolph/Wabash, State/Lake, Clark/Lake, Merchandise Mart, Chicago/Franklin and Sedgwick. Please note, the Merchandise Mart station is available as an exit only (via stairway) from
1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Southbound Red Line service is not affected.

Customers are asked to allow extra travel time.

(see separate release for additional details)

Other Events Affecting Weekend Service
New Platform at Belmont Station Placed into Service

A new platform will go into service at the Belmont Brown/Red/Purple Express station at 10 p.m. Thursday,
August 9 and is located east of the current platform.

Customers should board northbound Red, Brown and Purple Line Express trains on the east side of the new northbound platform.

(see separate release for additional details)

Overnight Single Tracks in Effect on Red Line Subway
A single track will be in effect on the Red Line between the Grand and Division stations from 11 p.m. Friday, August 10 until 6 a.m. Saturday, August 11 and again from 11 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday, August 13.

Northbound customers boarding at the Grand, Chicago and Division stations must board on the southbound platforms.Southbound service is not affected.

Brown Line Single Track in Effect Over the Weekend
A single track will be in effect between the Merchandise Mart and Sedgwick stations on the Brown Line beginning at 1 a.m. on Saturday August 11 until 4:30 a.m. Monday, August 13. Northbound customers at the Chicago and Sedgwick stations should board on the southbound platform.

Cermak Closed for Filming
Cermak will be closed between Oak Park and Harlem from
9 p.m. Thursday, August 9 until 4 a.m Friday, August 10 and again from 9 p.m. Friday August 10 until 5 a.m. Saturday, August 11 for filming.

#21 Cermak buses will reroute in both directions via Oak Park, 16th, Harlem then return to Cermak and resume the regular route.

Clark Closed for Filming
Clark Street between School and Cornelia will be closed due to filming beginning at9 a.m. Sunday, August 12 until 3 p.m. and again from 6 p.m until 11 p.m. #22 Clark buses will undergo intermittent reroutes to adjacent streets around the street closure as needed.

CTA to Provide Additional Service for Bud Billiken Parade
King Drive will be closed between Garfield and 35th Street beginning at 6 a.m. for the 77th Annual Bud Billiken Parade on Saturday, August 11. Extra service will be provided on the bus routes that operate close to the parade venue and longer trains will run on the Green Line to accommodate spectators attending the event.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. and run until approximately
4 p.m. before disbanding in Washington Park. Buses along the #3 King Drive, #15 Jeffery Local, #43 43rd, #47 47th and #55 Garfield routes will reroute to adjacent streets around the immediate parade area.

Detours along the routes may begin as early as 6 a.m. at the direction of the Chicago Police Department based on traffic volume in the area.

(see separate release for additional details)

Montrose Closed for Parade
Montrose Avenue will be closed between Western and Kimball for the Ecuadorian Parade from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. #78 Montrose buses will reroute in both directions via Western, Irving Park, Kimball then return to Montrose and resume the regular route.

Chicago Closed for Helicopter Lift and Festival
Chicago will be closed at the Larrabee intersection from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 11. #66 Chicago buses will reroute via Larrabee, Crosby, Division, Halsted then return to Chicago and resume the regular route.

Chicago also will be closed between Damen and Wood for the West Fest beginning at noon on Saturday, August 11 until the festival closes. #66 Chicago buses will reroute in both directions via Damen, Augusta, Ashland then return to Chicago and resume the regular route.

Bus Stop Temporarily Relocated
From 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 11 the north sidewalk and curb lane will be closed at Madison at Wells due to construction. The westbound far side bus stop that serves the #14 Jackson Park, #20 Madison, #56 Milwaukee, #60 Blue Island and #124 Navy Pier buses will be relocated to the near side.

Halsted Closed for Market Day's Festival
From 3 a.m. Saturday, August 11 until 3 a.m. Sunday,
August 12, Halsted will be closed from Belmont to Addison for the Halsted Market Day's Festival. #8 Halsted buses will reroute in both directions via Clark, Sheffield, Addison then return to Halsted and resume the regular route.

Buses Reroute for Distance Classic
The LaSalle Bank Chicago Distance Classic will take place on Sunday, August 12. Beginning at 6 a.m. until approximately 10:30 a.m., intermittent street closures will take place on Columbus, Grand, State, Jackson, Michigan, Clinton, Van Buren, Roosevelt, Lake Shore Drive, 18th Street, 31st Street and 39th Street. Buses that normally travel along those streets will undergo temporary reroutes to adjacent streets as needed.

Forest Park Blue Line Single Track in Effect This Weekend
A late night single track will be in effect on the Blue Line's Forest Park branch between Halsted and LaSalle beginning at 11 p.m. Friday, August 10 until 9 a.m. Saturday, August 11. Northbound customers at the Halsted, Clinton and LaSalle stations should board on the southbound side of the platform.

On Saturday beginning at 11 p.m., northbound customers will board on the southbound side of the platform and until completion of the work. If the work on the northbound tracks is completed before 9 a.m. on Sunday, August 12, crews will begin work on the southbound tracks. Once work begins on the southbound tracks, all customers at the Halsted, Clinton and LaSalle stations will board on the northbound side of the platform.

CTA personnel will make announcements regarding the direction of travel for each train.

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