Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of March 16 - 18

March 15, 2007
03/15/07

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 and Red Line Customers Should Allow Extra Travel Time Over Weekend
Work planned this weekend and next week will require that Brown Line trains share the same track with Red Line trains at one station. CTA crews will be erecting steel in the area around the Belmont station as part of the Brown Line capacity expansion project.

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 17
At the Belmont station, northbound Brown Line trains will share the same track with northbound Red Line trains. Northbound Brown Line customers will board on the same side of the platform (west) as northbound Red Line customers.

Southbound Brown and Red Line service is not affected. Normal northbound Brown Line service will resume at 7 p.m. Saturday.

7 p.m. Sunday, March 18 until 5 a.m. Monday, March 19
At the Belmont station, northbound Brown Line trains will share the same track with northbound Red Line trains.
Northbound Brown Line customers will board on the same side of the platform (west) as northbound Red Line customers.

Southbound Brown and Red Line service is not affected. Normal northbound Brown Line service will resume at 5 a.m. Monday.

In addition, Belmont Avenue will be closed on Sunday during the same hours. #77 Belmont buses will operate in both directions via Belmont, Sheffield, Addison, Halsted and Belmont, then resume the regular route.

Single Track in Effect 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday,
March 18

A single track will be in effect between the Brown Line Chicago and Sedgwick stations from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday,
March 18. All customers at the Chicago and Sedgwick stations must board on the southbound platform.

St. Patrick's Day Parade will Detour Downtown Bus Routes Saturday
The parade steps off at noon proceeding north on Columbus from Balbo to Monroe. #6 Jackson Park Express, #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #14 Jeffery Express and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express bus routes that ordinarily operate via Columbus and Balbo will be rerouted in both directions to operate via Roosevelt and Michigan during the parade. Customers should allow extra travel time.

Festival of Rights Parade will Detour Downtown Bus Routes Next Week
The Festival of Rights parade will take place on Michigan Avenue Tuesday, March 20. The parade steps off at 6 p.m. from 24 W. Walton proceeding east on Walton to Michigan, Wacker, Clark and Washington to Daley Plaza.

The following routes will be rerouted around the parade route: #3 King Drive, #6 Jackson Park Express, #14 Jeffery Express, #20 Madison, #22 Clark, #24 Wentworth, #29 State, #36 Broadway, #56 Milwaukee, #60 Blue Island/26, #62 Archer, #66 Chicago, #124 Navy Pier, #145 Wilson/Michigan Express, #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express, #147 Outer Drive Express, #151 Sheridan and #173 U of Chicago/Lakeview Express. Customers should allow extra travel time.

CTA Provides Convenient Service to Flower and Garden Show Through Sunday
Blue Line O'Hare branch trains provide convenient service to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont for the annual Chicagoland Flower and Garden Show through Sunday, March 18. Customers may take the O'Hare Blue Line to the Rosemont station, which is within walking distance of the Convention Center. Show hours are from 9:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

#19 United Center Express Buses Serve NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Friday and Sunday
The CTA is operating #19 United Center Express buses for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Friday, March 16 and Sunday, March 18.

#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 each game, #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 few minutes for one hour after each game.

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, March 16 until 6 a.m. Saturday, March 17 and again in the same location, during the same hours, Saturday night. During the Friday night single track, all customers at the Roosevelt, Harrison, Jackson, Monroe and Lake stations must board on the southbound 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 northbound side of the platform.

Late Night Single Track in Effect in Blue Line Dearborn Subway Next Week
A single track will be in effect between the Damen and Grand stations from 11 p.m. Thursday, March 15 until 4 a.m. Friday, March 16. All customers at the Division, Chicago and Grand stations must board on the northbound platform.

Bridge Closures for Maintenance Next Week
The Orleans Street bridge will be closed over the Chicago River from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. Northbound #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick buses will operate via Franklin, Wacker, LaSalle, Hubbard to Orleans, then resume the regular route. Northbound #125 Water Tower Express buses will operate via Lake, Wacker, LaSalle, Hubbard to Orleans, then resume the regular route.

The LaSalle bridge will be closed over the Chicago River from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. Northbound #156 LaSalle buses will operate via LaSalle, Wacker, Dearborn, Kinzie, back to LaSalle, then resume the regular route. Southbound buses will operate via LaSalle, Kinzie, Clark, Wacker, back to LaSalle, then resume the regular route.

The Columbus bridge will be closed over the Chicago River from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21. Southbound #124 Navy Pier buses will operate via Grand, Lake Shore Drive, Lower Wacker to Columbus, then resume the regular route. Northbound buses will operate via Lower Columbus, Lower Wacker, Lake Shore Drive to Illinois, then resume the regular route.

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