Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of December 14 - 16

December 14, 2007
12/14/07

Slow Zone Work
Blue Line Service from Jefferson Park to Cumberland Temporarily Suspended
Rail service between the Jefferson Park and Cumberland Blue Line stations will be temporarily suspended from 9 p.m. Friday,
December 14 until 3 a.m. Monday, December 17
in order to replace deteriorated rail ties, tie plates and spikes.

Bus shuttles will operate as a substitute for rail service between the Jefferson Park, Harlem and Cumberland stations. Extra travel time is advisable.

In addition, to help speed work, the inner most eastbound lane of traffic will be closed on the Kennedy Expressway from Cumberland to Jefferson Park to from 10 p.m. Friday night until noon Saturday, and again from 9 p.m. Saturday night until 9 a.m. Sunday morning.

From midnight Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday and again from midnight Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday, two inbound lanes will be closed to traffic.

Motorists should expect additional traffic congestion throughout the area.

(see separate release for additional details)

Single Track in Effect on Red Line Next Week
A single track will be in effect between Roosevelt and Grand on the Red Line from midnight each night until 4 a.m. Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15 and again next week beginning Monday, December 17 through Saturday morning, December 22.

Northbound Red Line customers at the Roosevelt, Harrison, Jackson, Monroe and Lake stations must board and exit trains on the southbound side of the platform.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. Southbound Red Line service is not affected.

Daytime Reroutes of Red and Brown Lines
Due to construction work at the Fullerton, Diversey and Belmont stations, southbound Brown line trains will be rerouted to operate on the southbound Red Line tracks at Belmont from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. beginning Monday, December 18 through Friday, December 21.

Southbound Red Line customers will board and exit trains on the southbound Brown Line side of the platform. Customers are asked to allow extra travel time.

Saturday
From 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16 southbound Brown Line trains will be unable to stop at Wellington station;therefore, customers who want to exit at Wellington should continue to ride south to Fullerton and then take a northbound train to Wellington. Southbound customers wishing to board at Wellington should board a northbound train and exit at Belmont to board a southbound train.

Northbound Red Line Trains Temporarily Reroute During Afternoon at Sheridan
Northbound Red Line trains will operate on the northbound Purple Express tracks from 10:50 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day from Tuesday, December 18 through Friday, December 21.

During these times northbound customers at Sheridan will board and exit trains on the Purple Express side of the platform.

CTA customers are advised to allow extra travel time. Southbound Red Line service is not affected.

Late Night Single Track in Effect on Forest Park Branch of Blue Line
A single track will be in effect between Austin and Cicero stations on the Forest Park branch of the Blue Line
from 11 p.m. Friday, December 14 until 8 a.m. Saturday, December 15.

Northbound customers at the Austin station must board and exit trains on the southbound side of the platform.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. Southbound service is not affected. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.

From 11 p.m. Saturday, December 15 until 8 a.m. Sunday, December 16 a single track will be in effect between the Halsted and LaSalle stations.

Northbound customers at the Halsted, Clinton and LaSalle stations must board and exit trains on the southbound side of the platform.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. Southbound service is not affected. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.

Southbound Service
A single track will be in effect between the LaSalle and Halsted stations from 4 p.m. until midnight on Sunday, December 16. Southbound customers at the LaSalle, Clinton and Halsted stations must board and exit trains on the northbound side of the platform.

Northbound service is not affected. Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.

Next Week - Northbound Service
A single track will be in effect between the Halsted and LaSalle stations from 11 p.m. Monday, December 17 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, December 18. Northbound customers at the Halsted, Clinton and LaSalle stations must board and exit trains on the southbound side of the platform.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. Southbound service is not affected. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.

Next Week - Southbound Service
From 11 p.m. Tuesday, December 18 until 4 a.m. Wednesday, December 19 a single track will be in effect between the LaSalle and Halsted stations. Southbound customers at the LaSalle and Halsted stations must board and exit trains on the northbound side of the platform. Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. Northbound service is not affected. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.

Late Night Single Track in Effect on O'Hare Branch of Blue Line
From 10 p.m. Wednesday, December 19 until 4 a.m. Thursday, December 20 a single track will be in effect between the Damen and Western stations on the O'Hare branch of the Blue Line.

Northbound customers at the Damen and Western stations must board and exit trains on the southbound side of the platform.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. Southbound service is not affected. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.

Howard Station Construction
The southbound platform at the Howard Red Line station will be temporarily out of service for construction work from 11 p.m. Friday, December 14 until 2 a.m. Monday, December 17. Customers must board trains from the southbound platform.

Red Line Station Reconstruction at Grand/State
During the Red Line station reconstruction at Grand/State, the following bus stops will be affected through 4 p.m. Friday, January 11, 2008:

#29 State
The southbound far side service stop at State and Grand has been eliminated and a new southbound near side service stop has been created at State and Illinois.

#36 Broadway
The northbound near side service stop at State and Grand has been relocated to a new northbound near side service stop at State and Ohio.

The southbound near side service stop at State and Grand has been eliminated and a new southbound near side service stop has been created at State and Illinois.

#65 Grand
The westbound near side service stop at Grand and State will be eliminated. There is an existing westbound near side service stop at Grand and Dearborn.

Holiday Hours in Effect on #10 Museum of Science & Industry Bus Route
With the exception of a few select dates, hours of operation on the #10 Museum of Science & Industry route are extended through Sunday, January 6, 2008. During this time, the Museum of Science & Industry will open at 9:30 a.m. Closing times will vary.

Service on the #10 will begin operating at 8:55 a.m. from Chestnut/Lake Shore Drive each morning and the last bus will depart from the Museum of Science & Industry approximately 40 minutes after the museum closes.

The museum will be closed and there will be no service on the #10 route on Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25. The #10 will not operate from Wednesday, January 2 through Friday, January 4.

Dorchester Closed for Construction
Dorchester continues to be closed between 60th and 61st streets through 3 p.m. Monday, January 7 due to construction.

Eastbound #59 59th/61st buses will travel over the regular route to 61st then will operate via Cottage, 60th, Dorchester, Midway Plaisance, Stony Island to 60th. Westbound buses will operate via 60th, Dorchester, Cottage Grove then return to 61st and resume the regular route.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

#19 United Center Express Serves Bulls and Blackhawks Games
CTA will operate its #19 United Center Express buses for the following dates and times:

  • Friday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. " Bulls versus New York Knicks
  • Sunday, December 16 at 6 p.m. " Blackhawks versus Florida Panthers
  • Tuesday, December 18 at 7:30p.m. " Bulls versus Los Angeles Lakers
  • Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. " Blackhawks versus Nashville Predators

Buses will leave every 12 minutes from Michigan and Superior starting two hours before game time until 30 minutes before the game begins. When the game ends, #19 buses will depart the United Center approximately every 15 minutes for one hour.

#19 buses will make all stops on Michigan from Superior to Washington, and on Madison from Wabash to Clinton. From Clinton, #19 buses run express to the United Center.

After the game, #19 buses will await customers on the north side of the United Center eastbound on Madison near Gate 3. On the return trip, #19 buses operate through downtown east on Washington to Wacker, then head south to Monroe and east to Michigan, making all stops from Jefferson to Michigan before turning north on Michigan and making all stops from Randolph to Chicago.

Buses Reroute Due to Construction
#70 Divison
Westbound #70 Division buses will undergo reroutes beginning Monday, December 17 through Friday, March 21 due to street repairs at Division and Kolmar.

Buses will travel over the regular route to Kostner then will operate via Kostner, Augusta, Cicero then return to Division and resume the regular route.

#33 Magnificent Mile Express
#33 Magnificent Mile Express buses will reroute in both directions near Kingsbury over the Chicago River. Buses will operate via Cortland, Clybourn to North Avenue and then resume the regular route.

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