Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of January 5 - 7

January 4, 2007
1/4/07

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.

Brown Line Customers Should Allow Extra Travel Time This Weekend
Construction work planned for this weekend on the Brown Line will require reroutes of northbound Brown Line trains on Saturday, January 6 and Sunday, January 7. This could cause delays in service so customers are advised to allow extra travel time. Several major construction projects are currently underway on the rail system and CTA is working to minimize the impact on customers while coordinating efforts to accommodate multiple construction crews.

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 6 and Sunday, January 7 ? Fullerton Station
At Fullerton, northbound Brown Line trains will operate on the same track as northbound Red Line trains. Customers will board northbound Brown Line trains on the same side of the platform (west) as northbound Red Line customers.

Northbound Brown Line trains will be unable to stop at the Diversey station platform during these hours. Customers who wish to exit at this station will need to travel to the Wellington station and transfer to a southbound Brown Line train.

Northbound customers who wish to board at the Diversey station will need to board a southbound train to Fullerton and transfer to a northbound Brown Line train.

Normal northbound Brown Line service will resume at 6 p.m. on both Saturday, January 6 and Sunday, January 7.

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 Subway Friday
A single track will be in effect between the Racine and LaSalle stations from 10 p.m. Friday, January 5 until 10 a.m. Saturday, January 6 and in the same location, during the same hours Saturday night.

During the Friday single track, all customers at the UIC-Halsted, Clinton and LaSalle stations must board on the southbound side of the platform. During the Saturday single track, all customers at the UIC-Halsted, Clinton and LaSalle stations must board on the northbound side of the platform.

Late Night Single Track on Blue Line Forest Park Branch Next Week
A single track will be in effect on the Blue Line Forest Park branch between the Harlem and Forest Park stations from midnight Monday, January 8 until 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 9 and again in the same location, during the same hours Tuesday night. All customers at the Forest Park station must board on the northbound side of the platform.

Late Night Single Track in Effect in Red Line Subway for Maintenance Over Weekend
A single track will be in effect between the Roosevelt and Chicago stations from 11 p.m. Friday, January 5 until 6 a.m. Saturday, January 7 and in the same location, during the same hours Saturday night.

During the Friday single track, all customers at the Roosevelt, Harrison, Jackson, Monroe, Washington and Lake stations must board on the northbound side of the platform. During the Saturday single track, all customers at the Roosevelt, Harrison, Jackson, Monroe, Washington and Lake stations must board on the southbound side of the platform.

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