Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of December 28-30

December 27, 2007
12/27/07

NOTE: CTA will operate on a normal weekday schedule on Monday, December 31? New Year's Eve and on a Sunday/Holiday schedule on January 1? New Year's Day

Slow Zone Work
Daytime Single Track in Effect on Brown Line This Weekend

A single track will be in effect between the Brown Line's Irving Park and Paulina stations from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 29 and Sunday, December 30.

Northbound customers at the Paulina and Addison stations must board and exit trains on the southbound platform.

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

Other Events Affecting Service
Penny Fares and Later Service on New Year's Eve

CTA will continue its tradition of offering penny rides on New Year's Eve beginning at 8 p.m. on Monday, December 31 until 6 a.m. Tuesday, January 1 (New Year's Day). In addition, later service hours also will be in effect on several bus and rail routes making CTA a convenient, safe and affordable travel alternative for those out celebrating the New Year.

(see separate release for additional details)

Late Night Single Track in Effect on O'Hare Branch of Blue Line
From 11 p.m. on Thursday, December 27 until 4 a.m. Friday, December 28 a single track will be in effect between the California and Belmont stations on the Blue Line.

Southbound customers at Logan Square 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.

Next Week
From 10 p.m. Wednesday, January 2 until 4 a.m. Thursday, January 3 a single track will be in effect between the Damen and Western stations on the O'Hare branch of the Blue Line.

Southbound customers at the Damen and Western stations must board and exit trains on the northbound platform.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. Northbound service is not affected.

CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.

Single Track in Effect on Red Line
Due to construction work, a single track will be in effect between Roosevelt and Grand on the Red Line from midnight each night until 4 a.m. the following morning beginning Wednesday, January 2 through Saturday morning, January 5.

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.

CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.

Daytime Reroute on Red Line
Due to construction work associated with the Fullerton, Diversey and Belmont stations, southbound Red Line trains will be rerouted to operate on the southbound Brown Line tracks at Belmont from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2 through Friday, January 4.

Southbound Red Line customers at Belmont will board and exit trains on the southbound Brown Line side of the platform.

Northbound Red Line Trains Temporarily Reroute at Sheridan
Northbound Red Line trains will operate on the northbound Purple Express tracks from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 29 and Sunday, December 30.

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.

Next Week
Northbound Red Line trains will operate on the northbound Purple Express tracks from 10:50 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day from Wednesday, January 2 through Friday, January 4.

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.

#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 28 at 7:30 p.m. " Bulls versus Milwaukee Bucks
  • Sunday, December 30 at 6 p.m. " Blackhawks versus Los Angeles Kings
  • Monday, December 31 at 1 p.m. " Bulls versus Orlando Magic
  • Thursday, January 3 at 7 p.m. " Bulls versus Portland Trail Blazers

Buses will leave every 12 minutes from Michigan and Superior starting two hours before game time until 30 minutes before the event 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.

CTA Provides Service for Bears versus Saints Game
The Chicago Bears host the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field on Sunday,December 30 at noon. The #12 Roosevelt, #128 Soldier Field Express and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express are convenient travel options for fans heading to the game.

More frequent service will operate on the #12 beginning at approximately 6 a.m. and on the #146 beginning at 9:30 a.m. #128 Soldier Field Express buses operate non-stop between the Ogilvie Transportation Center, Union Station and Soldier Field. Service will operate from 9:45 a.m. until approximately 12:30 p.m. After the game, buses will leave Soldier Field every few minutes for one hour.

The fare for #128 buses is $1 for full-fare customers and 50 cents for reduced-fare customers. The exact cash fare is required.

Red Line Subway Reconstruction Continues at Grand/State
During the Red Line Subway reconstruction at Grand/State, the following bus stops are 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 has been 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 #10 will not operate from Wednesday, January 2 through Friday, January 4.

Buses Continue Reroute Due to Construction
Westbound #70 Division buses continue to undergo reroutes until 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.

Dorchester Remains 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.

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