Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of March 23 - 25

March 22, 2007
3/22/07

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.

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 Fullerton station as part of the Brown Line capacity expansion project.

7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 24
At the Chicago and Sedgwick stations, southbound Brown Line trains will share the same track with northbound Brown Line trains. All customers at the Chicago and Sedgwick stations must board on the northbound platform. Normal southbound service will resume at these stations at 5 p.m. Saturday.

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25
At the Fullerton 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 and Sunday.

In addition, northbound Brown Line trains will be unable to stop at the Diversey station during these hours. Northbound customers who wish to exit at Diversey, should travel to the Wellington station, board a southbound Brown Line train and ride back to Diversey.

Northbound customers who want to board at the Diversey station should board a southbound train and travel to the Fullerton station to board a northbound Brown Line train.

Northbound Red Line Subway Trains to Temporarily Reroute to Elevated Tracks Over Weekend
Northbound Red Line trains will be rerouted from the subway to the elevated tracks from 9 p.m. Saturday, March 24 until 9 a.m. Sunday, March 25.

Northbound Red Line trains will operate along the regular route from the 95th/Dan Ryan station to the Cermak-Chinatown station. From Roosevelt to Fullerton, northbound Red Line trains will operate on the elevated tracks.

Northbound Red Line trains will stop at the following elevated stations: Roosevelt, Adams, Madison, Randolph, State/Lake, Clark/Lake and Merchandise Mart. Please note, the Merchandise Mart station is available as an exit only on Sunday morning from 1:50 a.m. to 7 a.m. From the Merchandise Mart station, northbound Red Line trains will continue to Fullerton where they will resume normal northbound service to Howard.

Northbound Red Line customers who want to exit at North/Clybourn or Clark/Division Red Line stations should travel to Fullerton station and board a southbound Red Line train to ride back.

Southbound Red Line service will not be affected during these hours. Northbound Red Line trains will resume normal service at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 25.

Late Night Single Track in Effect in Blue Line Dearborn Subway Thursday
A single track will be in effect between the Damen and Grand stations from 11 p.m. Thursday, March 22 until 4 a.m. Friday, March 23. All customers at the Division, Chicago and Grand stations must board on the northbound platform.

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 on Blue Line O'Hare Branch Over Weekend
A three-phase single track will be in effect between the Jefferson Park and Montrose stations from 11 p.m. Friday, March 23 until 8 a.m. Saturday, March 24. From 11 p.m. Friday, March 23 until 2 a.m. Saturday, March 24, all customers at the Montrose station must board on the southbound platform.

From 2 a.m. until 6 a.m. Saturday, all customers at the Jefferson Park and Montrose stations must board on the southbound platform. From 6 a.m. until 8 a.m. Saturday, all customers at the Montrose station must board on the southbound platform.

Another three-phase single track will be in effect in the same location from 10 p.m. Saturday, March 24 until 8 a.m. Sunday, March 25. From 10 p.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday, all customers at the Montrose station must board on the northbound platform. From 2 a.m. until 6 a.m. Sunday, all customers at the Jefferson Park and Montrose stations must board on the northbound platform. From 6 a.m. until 8 a.m. Sunday, all customers at the Montrose station must board on the northbound platform.

Late Night Single Track in Effect on Red Line Next Week
A single track will be in effect between the Sox-35th and 47th stations from 11 p.m. Monday, March 26 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, March 27 and again in the same location, during the same hours Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, March 27, March 28 and March 29. All customers at the Sox-35 station must board on the east side of the platform.

#10 Museum of Science & Industry Bus Extends Hours for Spring Break Service
To accommodate longer spring break hours at the Museum of Science and Industry, #10 Museum of Science & Industry buses will operate on weekdays every 15 minutes beginning Saturday, March 24 until Sunday, April 8. Regular weekday service normally operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Shamrock Shuffle Race May Cause Intermittent Service Delays Sunday Morning
The LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle 8-K Run may cause intermittent service delays on 21 CTA bus routes Sunday, March 25. Participants will assemble at Columbus and Congress at 8:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9:30 a.m. The race course is north on Columbus to Grand, west to State, south to Jackson, west to Clinton, south to Van Buren, east to Michigan, south to Roosevelt, east to Columbus and north to the finish line on Columbus south of Balbo.

Buses on the #3 King Drive, #4 Cottage Grove, #6 Jackson Park Express, #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #12 Roosevelt, #14 Jeffery Express, #20 Madison, #22 Clark, #29 State, #36 Broadway, #56 Milwaukee, #60 Blue Island/26th, #62 Archer, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago, #124 Navy Pier, #126 Jackson, #145 Wilson/ Michigan Express, #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express, #147 Outer Drive Express and #151 Sheridan routes will be affected by the race.

Customers should allow extra travel time.

Bridge Closure for Maintenance Friday
The Jackson bridge will be closed over the Chicago River from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, March 23. Northbound #1 Indiana Hyde Park, #7 Harrison,

#X28 Stony Island Express, #126 Jackson, #151 Sheridan and #156 LaSalle buses will operate via Canal, Van Buren, Jefferson, Monroe, Wacker to Jackson, then resume the regular route.

Eastbound #7 and #126 buses will operate via Jackson, Canal, Monroe, Wacker, back to Jackson, then resume the regular route.

Halsted Closes for Greek Independence Parade Sunday
Halsted will be closed between Randolph and Van Buren from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25. The closure will affect buses on the #8 Halsted, #20 Madison and #126 Jackson routes.

Northbound #8 Halsted buses will operate via Halsted to Harrison, Jefferson, Fulton, back to Halsted, then resume the regular route. Southbound buses will operate via Halsted to Fulton, Desplaines, Harrison, back to Halsted, then resume the regular route.

Eastbound #20 buses will operate via Madison to Racine, Lake, Desplaines, Washington, then resume the regular route. Westbound buses will operate via Madison to Jefferson, Lake, Racine, back to Madison, then resume the regular route.

Eastbound #126 buses will operate via Harrison, Jefferson, Jackson, then resume the regular route. Westbound buses will operate via Clinton to Harrison, Ashland, then resume the regular route.

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