Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of March 9 - 11

March 8, 2007
3/8/07

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 Francisco Station to Reopen Friday, March 9
The newly renovated Francisco station on the Brown Line will reopen to rail service at 4 a.m. on Friday, March 9.

A major portion of the reconstruction has been completed at Francisco including the complete rebuild of the historic station house and installation of a ramp which now makes the station accessible to persons with disabilities.

(See separate press release)

Brown and Red Line Customers Should Allow Extra Travel Time Over Weekend and Next Week
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 10 and Sunday, March 11
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 and Sunday.

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16
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 3:30 p.m. each day.

10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 11 and Monday, March 12
At the Fullerton station, northbound Red Line trains will share the same track with northbound Brown Line trains. Northbound Red Line customers will board on the same side of the platform (east) as northbound Brown Line customers.

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 Red and Brown Line service is not affected. Normal northbound Red and Brown Line service will resume at 4:30 a.m. Monday.

CTA Provides Convenient Service to Flower and Garden Show March 10 - 18
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 Saturday, March 10 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 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and from 9:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

#19 United Center Express Buses Serve Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Over Weekend
The CTA is operating #19 United Center Express buses for the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament on Friday, March 9, Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11.

On Friday, #19 buses will begin their trips south on Michigan from Superior at 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and again from approximately 3:30 p.m. until 7:40 p.m.; on Saturday, #19 buses will begin their trips at 10:36 a.m. until 2:36 p.m.; and on Sunday, #19 buses will begin their trips at 12:24 p.m. until 2 p.m. Buses will operate every 12 minutes until the last bus leaves Michigan and Superior.

#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 Blue Line Dearborn Subway Next Week
A two-phase single track will be in effect between the Damen and Grand stations from 2 a.m. Saturday, March 10 until 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11. From 2 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, all customers at the Division, Chicago and Grand stations must board on the southbound platform. From 2 p.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday, all customers at the Division, Chicago and Grand stations must board on the northbound platform.

Western Avenue Closes for South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade Sunday
Beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 11, Western will be closed at 99th Street to 103rd, and from Maplewood to Oakley for the South Side Irish parade. The parade steps off at noon and will proceed south on Western from 103rd to 115th.

#103 West 103rd buses will operate in both directions via 103rd, Longwood, 99th, Kedzie and 103rd, then resume the regular route. #112 Vincennes/111th buses will operate in both directions via 111th, Longwood, 119th, Kedzie and 111th, then resume the regular route.

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 9 until 6 a.m. Saturday, March 10 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 east 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 west side of the platform.

California Avenue Closes for Sewer Repairs Next Week
California will be closed at 38th from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 through Friday, March 16. #94 South California buses will operate in both directions via California, Pershing, 39th, Kedzie, 36th and California, then resume the regular route.

Bridge Closures for Maintenance Next Week
The Adams bridge will be closed over the Chicago River from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday, March 12. Westbound #7 Harrison, #126 Jackson, #151 Sheridan and #156 LaSalle buses will operate via Adams, Wacker, Van Buren, Canal, back to Adams then resume the regular route.

The Madison bridge will be closed over the Chicago River from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 through Friday, March 9. Westbound #14 Jeffery Express, #20 Madison, #X20 Washington/Madison Express, #56 Milwaukee, #60 Blue Island/26th, #124 Navy Pier and #157 Streeterville buses will operate via Madison, Wacker, Randolph, Clinton, back to Madison, then resume their regular routes.

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