Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of March 3/18 – 3/20

March 16, 2016

Upcoming weekend construction work will impact Red and Blue Line service

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is notifying customers of separate weekend construction work that will temporarily affect Red and Blue line service. Howard-bound Red Line trains will run express from Sheridan to Howard bypassing several stations. In addition, the Addison Blue Line station will be temporarily closed over the weekend.             

CTA is also providing extra service to upcoming events at the United Center.

Howard-bound Trains to Run Express from Sheridan to Howard

Construction crews will perform track work as part of the Wilson Station Reconstruction Project beginning 10 p.m. Friday, March 18 until 4 a.m. Monday, March 21. Howard-bound (northbound) Red Line trains will run express from Sheridan to Howard, bypassing the Wilson, Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, Granville, Loyola, Morse and Jarvis stations.

95th-bound (southbound) trains will continue to serve all stations throughout the weekend. 

Howard-bound customers at Wilson, Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, Granville, Loyola, Morse or Jarvis stations will need to take a 95th-bound train to Sheridan and then transfer to a Howard-bound train.

Howard-bound customers who want to exit at the affected stations will need to travel to Howard and transfer to a 95th-bound train.

For alternate service through the affected area, consider using the #22 Clark, #36 Broadway, #147 Outer Drive Express, or #151 Sheridan buses, which run parallel to the Red Line. Note: #22 Clark buses run at all times. During this period, northbound #151 Sheridan buses only will also run overnight between the Sheridan Red Line station and Clark/Devon, to provide alternate service.

For more information on the historic Wilson project, visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/wilson/.

Addison Blue Line station closure

The Addison Blue Line station will be temporarily closed beginning 10 p.m. Friday, March 18 at until 4 a.m. Monday, March 21. During this time, Blue Line trains traveling in both directions will bypass the Addison station.

Free shuttle bus service will be provided between the Addison and Belmont Blue Line stations throughout the temporarily closure. O’Hare and Forest Park-bound customers at Addison can access Blue Line trains by taking the free shuttle buses to the Belmont station. Blue Line customers traveling to the Addison station will need to exit at Belmont and then transfer to the free bus shuttle.

With the exception of customers who use the Addison station, Blue Line riders will see little to no impact to service.

Monday AM Service

Upon the re-opening of the station at 4 a.m. Monday, customers are reminded that Forest Park-bound trains will continue to bypass the Addison Blue Line station until Monday, April 5, as crews continue performing station improvement work as part of the Your New Blue project.

During this time:

From Addison, Forest Park-bound customers will need to take an O’Hare-bound train to Irving Park and transfer to a Forest Park-bound train. For service to Addison, Forest Park-bound customers will need to travel to Belmont and transfer to an O’Hare-bound train back to Addison.

Customers who use the Addison Blue Line station may want to consider using the adjacent Irving Park or Belmont stations, where trains will stop in both directions at all times. Customers can also use the #80 Irving Park and #77 Belmont buses to connect to these stations.

The #80, #77, or #152 Addison bus routes also provide connections the Brown and Red line farther east for trips to downtown. North-south buses in the area to connect to the Blue Line, such as the #82 Kimball/Homan connecting to Belmont station or #53 Pulaski connecting to Irving Park station, the #56 Milwaukee to Logan Square or Jefferson Park stations or all the way downtown, or other buses.

The work being performed at Addison is part of the next phase of the Your New Blue program which is also modernizing the Irving Park, Montrose, Harlem and Cumberland Blue Line stations. Improvements at Addison include the addition of an elevator to make the station fully accessible. For more information on the Your New Blue project, please visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/yournewblue/.

United Center Events

The CTA will operate the #19 United Center Express for customers attending upcoming events at the United Center:

  • Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers
  • Thursday, March 17 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets
  • Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz
  • Sunday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild
  • Monday, March 21 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Sacramento Kings
  • Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. Dallas Stars
  • Wednesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks

Bus Service:

#19 United Center Express buses will leave from Michigan and Randolph beginning approximately two hours before the start of each event. After each event, #19 buses will operate for approximately one hour and await customers on the north side of the United Center eastbound on Madison near Gate 3.

#50 Damen service is also a good option for customers to access the United Center from the north and south, making connections to the Orange, Pink, Blue and Brown lines. Northbound and southbound #50 buses stop on Damen at Madison. Northbound buses will await customers on Damen at Madison after each event.

Rail Service:

CTA’s Ashland/Lake station, served by the Green and Pink lines, is located a few blocks northeast of the United Center. Customers exiting at the station can transfer to #9 Ashland buses or simply walk a few blocks to the stadium. Customers taking the Blue Line can get to the United Center by exiting at the Illinois Medical District station and walking a few blocks north to the United Center.

Stay in the Loop on CTA service

Plan your trip using the Google Transit Trip Planner. Be sure to also check out CTA on Facebook or Twitter (@CTA) for system travel updates and alerts. For details about all CTA service, call 312-836-7000 or visit the CTA website at transitchicago.com.

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