Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of March 7-9

March 7, 2008
03/07/08

A Reminder for CTA Customers: Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 9 and clocks are to be set forward one hour.

Slow Zone Work
Southbound Red Line Trains to Temporarily Reroute to Elevated Tracks Next Week

While work is under way to eliminate slow zones, southbound Red Line trains that normally operate through the subway between the Fullerton and Cermak-Chinatown stations will reroute to the elevated tracks from 6 a.m. Saturday, March 8 until 6 p.m. Sunday, March 9. Elevated stations are located within a block of Red Line subway stations in the Loop. Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

Red Line trains will operate normally between the Fullerton and Howard stations and between the Cermak-Chinatown and 95th stations.

Rerouted trains will stop at the following elevated stations between Fullerton and Cermak-Chinatown: Sedgwick, Chicago/Franklin, Merchandise Mart, Clark/Lake, State/Lake, Randolph/Wabash, Madison/Wabash, Adams/Wabash and Roosevelt/Wabash. The Merchandise Mart station is available as an exit only (via stairway) on Saturday morning from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. and on Sunday morning from 12:50 a.m. to 7:10 a.m.

(see separate release for additional details)

Red and Brown Line Trains Temporarily Reroute at Fullerton
From 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9,
southbound Red and Brown Line trains will be temporarily rerouted to the northbound Red Line tracks at Fullerton while crews conduct slow zone elimination work.

Southbound Red and Brown Line customers at Fullerton will board and exit trains from the northbound Red Line side of the platform. Northbound Red Line customers must board and exit trains where northbound Brown Line trains stop.

During this time, southbound Brown Line trains will be unable to stop at Wellington. Southbound Brown Line customers who wish to exit at Wellington should exit at Fullerton and board a northbound train to Wellington. Customers boarding at Wellington who wish to head southbound should board a northbound train and exit at Belmont to board a southbound train.

In addition, #76 Diversey buses will reroute from 5 a.m. until
6 p.m. on Saturday,March 8 and Sunday, March 9 due to street closure for the construction work. Buses will operate in both directions via Diversey, Sheffield, Fullerton, Halsted and return to Diversey to resume the regular route.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

Next Week
From 8 p.m. each night until 4 a.m. the following morning beginning Monday, March 10 through Thursday, March 13, southbound Red and Brown Line trains will be temporarily rerouted to the northbound Red Line tracks at Fullerton while crews conduct slow zone work.

During this time, southbound Red and Brown Line customers must board and exit trains on the northbound Red Line side of the platform. Northbound Red Line customers must board and exit trains where northbound Brown Line trains stop.

During the same hours, southbound Brown Line trains will be unable to stop at Wellington. Southbound Brown Line customers who wish to exit at Wellington should exit at Fullerton and board a northbound train to Wellington. Customers boarding at Wellington who wish to head southbound should board a northbound train and exit at Belmont to board a southbound train.

(see separate release for additional details)

Daytime Single Track in Effect on Brown Line This Weekend
A single track will be in effect on the Brown Line between the Paulina and Addison stations from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 8.

Northbound customers at the Paulina and Addison stations must board and exit trains on the southbound platform.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

Northbound Red Line Trains Temporarily Reroute at Sheridan
Northbound Red Line trains will be temporarily rerouted to operate on the Purple Express tracks from 7 a.m. until,br>3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8 and again during the same hours on Sunday, March 9.

During these times, northbound customers at Sheridan will board and exit trains on the Purple Express side of the platform.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

Next Week
Northbound Red Line trains at Sheridan will operate on the northbound Purple Express tracks from 10:50 a.m. until
2 p.m. each day beginning Tuesday, March 11 through Friday, March 14.

During these times, northbound customers at Sheridan will board and exit trains on the Purple Express side of the platform.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

Daytime Reroute at Fullerton
Northbound Red Line trains will be temporarily rerouted to the Brown Line tracks at Fullerton from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day beginning Monday, March 10 through Friday, March 14.

Northbound Red Line customers at Fullerton must board and exit trains on the Brown Line side of the platform.

Other Events Affecting Service
Single Track in Effect on Red Line
,br>A single track will be in effect between the Grand and Roosevelt stations on the Red Line from midnight each night until 4 a.m. the following morning on Monday, March 10, Tuesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 13.

Northbound Red Line customers at the Roosevelt, Harrison, Jackson, Monroe and Lake stations must board and exit trains on the southbound side of the platform.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

Single Track in Effect on O'Hare Branch of Blue Line This Weekend
A single track will be in effect between the Damen and Grand stations from 10 p.m. Saturday, March 8 until 8 a.m. Sunday, March 9.

Southbound customers at the Division, Grand and Chicago stations must board and exit trains on the northbound side of the platform.

Howard Station Construction
The northbound platform at the Howard Red Line station will be temporarily out of service for construction work from 8 p.m. Friday, March 7 until 2 a.m. Monday, March 10. Customers must board trains from the southbound platform.

#201 Central/Ridge buses will temporarily reroute from 7 p.m. Friday, March 7 until5 a.m. Monday, March 10. Buses will operate via Ashland, Howard, Rogers, Sheridan, Howard and Rogers to Howard via the Howard Terminal. Customers will board westbound buses at Ashland/Howard.

Single Track in Effect on Dan Ryan Branch of the Red Line
A single track will be in effect between the Red Line's Cermak and Roosevelt stations from 8 p.m. Sunday, March 9 until
4:30 a.m. Monday, March 10.

Northbound customers at Cermak must board and exit trains on the southbound side of the platform.

#19 United Center Express Serves Bulls, Blackhawks and Concerts
CTA will operate its #19 United Center Express buses on the following dates and times:

  • Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m. " Blackhawks versus Edmonton Oilers
  • Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. " Bulls versus Utah Jazz
  • Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. " Blackhawks versus Carolina Hurricanes
  • Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. " Bulls versus Philadelphia 76ers

Buses will leave every 12 minutes from Michigan and Superior starting two hours before game time until 30 minutes before the events begin. When the game ends, #19 buses will depart the United Center approximately every 15 minutes for one hour.

#19 buses will make all 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 game, #19 buses will await customers on the north side of the United Center eastbound on Madison near Gate 3. On the return trip, #19 buses operate through downtown east on Washington to Wacker, then head south to Monroe and east to Michigan, making all stops from Jefferson to Michigan before turning north on Michigan and making all stops from Randolph to Chicago.

Buses Continue to Reroute Due to Construction
Westbound #70 Division buses continue to undergo reroutes until Friday, March 21 due to street repairs at Division and Kolmar.

Buses will travel over the regular route to Kostner then will operate via Kostner, Augusta, Cicero then return to Division and resume the regular route.

Helicopter Lift on State Street
A helicopter lift will take place on State Street on Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m. until10 a.m. Red Line customers at Madison will be redirected to other nearby entrances during this time as the lift occurs near the Madison/Monroe station entrance.

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