Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of February 23 - 25

February 22, 2007
2/22/07

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.

Red and Brown Line Customers Should Allow Extra Travel Time Saturday
Work planned for Saturday, February 24 will require that Red Line trains share the same track with Brown Line trains at one station. CTA crews will be replacing signal equipment in the area around the Belmont station as part of the Brown Line capacity expansion project.

7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 24
At the Belmont station, northbound Red Line trains will share the same track with northbound Brown Line trains. Northbound Red Line customers will board on the same side of the platform (east) as northbound Brown Line customers.

Southbound Red and Brown Line service is not affected. Normal northbound Red Line service will resume at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Michigan Avenue Bridge Closes at Wacker Drive for Maintenance Thursday Night
The Michigan Avenue bridge will be closed at Wacker Drive from 11 p.m. Thursday, February 22 until 5:30 a.m. Friday, February 23. During these hours, northbound #3 King Drive, #146 Marine/Michigan Express, #147 Outer Drive Express and #151 Sheridan buses will operate via Michigan, Wacker, State, Ohio, back to Michigan, then resume their regular routes.

Southbound #3, #146, #147 and #151 buses will operate via Michigan, Ontario, State, Wacker, back to Michigan, then resume their regular routes. #146 buses will continue south on State from Wacker, then resume their regular route.

#N66 Chicago buses will operate in both directions via Chicago, Fairbanks, Columbus, South Water and Michigan, then resume the regular route.

Kimball Closes for Water Main Work through February 28
Beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, February 23, Kimball will be closed at Argyle through Wednesday, February 28. #82 Kimball/Homan buses will operate in both directions via Kimball, Lawrence, Kedzie, Foster and Kimball, then resume the regular route.

#93 California/Dodge buses will operate in both directions via Foster, Kedzie, Montrose and Kimball, then resume the regular route.

Blue Line Signal Upgrade:
CTA is working to upgrade approximately 20 miles of the existing 40-year-old train control system and power supply equipment from the Forest Park terminal of the Blue Line Forest Park branch through the Dearborn subway to the Jefferson Park station of the Blue Line O'Hare branch.

These systems ensure the safe operation and movement of trains and the appropriate speed and distance between trains as well as help CTA personnel manage rail service in the event of an emergency. The upgraded signal system will result in improved reliability of service for Blue Line customers, and also includes upgrades to the power cables and communication system needed to connect the Red Line State Street subway and Blue Line Dearborn Street subway.

Late Night Single Track in Effect in Blue Line Dearborn Subway Over Weekend
A single track will be in effect between the LaSalle and Grand stations from 10 p.m. Friday, February 23 until 9 a.m. Saturday, February 24 and again in the same location, during the same hours Saturday night. During the Friday night single track, all customers at the Jackson, Monroe, Washington and Clark/Lake stations must board on the southbound side of the platform. During the Saturday night single track, all customers at the 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 for Maintenance Over Weekend
A single track will be in effect between the Roosevelt and Grand stations from 11 p.m. Friday, February 23 until 6 a.m. Saturday, February 24 and again in the same location from 11 p.m. Saturday, February 24 until 8 a.m. Sunday, February 25. During the Friday night single track, all customers at the Roosevelt, Harrison, Jackson, Monroe and Lake stations must board on the west side of the platform. During the Saturday night single track, all customers at the Roosevelt, Harrison, Jackson, Monroe and Lake stations must board on the east side of the platform.

#19 Express Buses Serve Josh Groban Concert Saturday
The CTA will operate #19 United Center Express buses for the Josh Groban concert on Saturday, February 24.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the United Center. #19 buses will begin their trips south on Michigan from Superior at 6 p.m. Buses will operate every 12 minutes until the last bus leaves Michigan and Superior at 7:30 p.m.

#19 buses will make 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 concert, #19 buses will await customers on the north side of the United Center eastbound on Madison near Gate 3. On return trips, #19 buses operate through downtown east on Washington, making all stops from Jefferson to Michigan before turning north on Michigan and making all stops from Randolph to Chicago. Service will operate every 15 minutes.

Single Track in Effect in Blue Line Dearborn Subway for Maintenance Sunday
A single track will be in effect between the Racine and LaSalle stations in the Blue Line Dearborn subway from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday, February 25. All customers at the Halsted, Clinton, and LaSalle stations must board on the southbound platform. Customers should allow extra travel time.

Red Line - Dan Ryan Branch Rehabilitation:
CTA is working to replace track, power and signal systems and upgrade stations along the branch. When the work is completed, customers will experience more reliable service and modern station amenities.

Late Night Single Track in Effect on Red Line Next Week
A single track will be in effect between the 47th and Garfield stations from 11 p.m. Monday, February 26 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, February 27, and again at the same location, during the same hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, February 27, February 28 and March 1. All customers at the 47th station must board on the east side of the platform.

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