Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of November 2-4

November 2, 2007
11/2/07

A Reminder for CTA Customers: Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 4 and clocks are to be set back one hour. Customers who use unlimited ride passes do not lose any time on the passes because the passes are active for 24-hour periods therefore, customers still receive the full number of hours allotted by the type of pass purchased.

Slow Zone Work
Red Line Trains to Temporarily Reroute to Elevated Tracks

Service on the Red Line between Fullerton station and Cermak/Chinatown will be temporarily suspended in both directions from 11 p.m. Friday, November 2 until 1 a.m. Monday, November 5. North and southbound Red Line trains will be rerouted from the subway to the elevated tracks throughout the weekend. 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 Howard and Fullerton stations and between the 95th Street and Cermak/Chinatown stations. Rerouted Red Line trains will stop at the following elevated stations: Roosevelt/Wabash, Adams/Wabash, Madison/Wabash, Randolph/Wabash, State/Lake, Clark/Lake, Merchandise Mart, Chicago/Franklin and Sedgwick. The Merchandise Mart station is available as an exit only (via stairway) on Saturday morning from 12:50 a.m. to 5:10 a.m. and on Sunday morning from 12:50 a.m. to 7:10 a.m.

Red Line trains will resume normal service through the subway at 1 a.m. Monday. In addition to running Red Line trains on the elevated tracks, CTA will operate three bus shuttles to help customers make their normal connections.

Bus shuttle service will operate between the Clark/Division station and North/Clybourn station, stopping at the Sedgwick Brown Line station where customers may board Red Line trains.

Bus shuttle service also will operate from the Grand/State and Chicago/State stations to the Chicago/Franklin Brown Line station where customers may board Red Line trains.

Additional bus shuttle service will operate between Jackson/State, Harrison/State, Jackson/Wabash and Roosevelt/Wabash where customers may board Red Line trains.

Temporarily suspending Red Line service from Fullerton to Cermak/Chinatown will allow construction and maintenance crews to work without train traffic or live rail.

Next Week
Northbound Red Line trains that normally operate through the subway between the Fullerton station and the Cermak/Chinatown station will be rerouted from the subway to the elevated tracks from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on four nights next week from Monday, November 5 through Thursday, November 8.

Rerouted northbound trains will stop at the following elevated stations between Cermak/Chinatown and Fullerton: 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) from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

(see separate release for additional details)

Blue Line Service from Jefferson Park to Harlem Temporarily Suspended this Weekend for Slow Zone Work
Rail service between the Jefferson Park and Harlem O'Hare branch Blue Line stations will be temporarily suspended on Friday, November 2 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday, November 5 in order to replace deteriorated rail ties, tie plates and spikes. Bus shuttles will operate as a substitute for rail service between the two stations. Extra travel time is advisable.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

(see separate release for additional details)

Late Night Single Track in Effect on Blue Line's O'Hare Branch
A single track will be in effect between the Damen and Grand stations from 8 p.m. Monday, November 5 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, November 6 and again on Tuesday, November 6 until Wednesday morning, November 7. Southbound customers at the Division, Chicago and Grand stations must board on the northbound side of the platform.

From 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 7 until 4 a.m. Thursday, November 8, a single track will be in effect between Grand and Damen. Northbound customers boarding at the Grand, Chicago and Division stations must board on the southbound side of the platform.

Other Events Affecting Service
Daytime Reroute at Fullerton Saturday

A reroute will be in effect on the Red and Brown lines at Fullerton station from 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, November 3.

Southbound Red Line customers will board trains on the Brown Line side of the platform at Fullerton. Northbound Red and Brown Line customers will board trains on the southbound platform where southbound Red Line trains normally stop.

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

Customers are asked to allow extra travel time. CTA operators will announce the direction of each train.

Southbound Red Line Trains Temporarily Reroute During Afternoon at Sheridan
Saturday
Southbound Red Line trains will operate on the southbound Purple Express tracks at Sheridan from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 3. During this time, southbound customers at Sheridan will board and exit trains on the Purple Express side of the platform.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time. Northbound Red Line service is not affected.

Next Week
Southbound Red Line trains will operate on the southbound Purple Express tracks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day from Tuesday, November 6 through Friday, November 9 and on Saturday, November 10 from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

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

Northbound Red Line service is not affected.

Southbound Platform Out of Service at Red Line Howard Station This Weekend
The southbound platform at the Howard Red Line station will be temporarily out of service for construction work from 11 p.m. Friday, November 2 until 4 a.m. Monday, November 5. Customers must board trains on the northbound platform.

Late Night Single Tracks on Blue Line
Saturday — O'Hare Branch
A single track will be in effect between the Belmont and Montrose stations on the O'Hare branch of the Blue Line from
9 p.m. Saturday, November 3 until 10 a.m. Sunday,
November 4. All customers at Irving Park, Addison and Belmont stations must board and exit trains on the northbound side of the platform.

Next Week — Forest Park Branch
A single track will be in effect between the UIC-Halsted and Western stations from 10 p.m. on Thursday, November 8 until
4 a.m. Friday, November 9. Northbound customers boarding at the Racine and Medical District stations must board on the southbound side of the platform.

Daytime Reroute at Belmont Next Week
Southbound Red Line trains will temporarily reroute to the Brown Line tracks at Belmont from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day beginning Wednesday, November 7 through Friday, November 9. Southbound Red Line customers must board on the Brown Line side of the platform.

Buses Reroute for Block 37 Construction
State Street will be closed between Madison and Randolph for construction work from 9 p.m. on Friday, November 2 until
5 a.m. Monday, November 5 and again next week from 9 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the following morning beginning Monday night, November 5 through Saturday morning, November 10.

Fourteen CTA bus routes will be rerouted to adjacent streets. Rerouting these bus routes away from construction activity will improve the reliability of CTA bus service in the area and create a more predictable flow of traffic for the duration of this phase of the project. The routes subject to temporary reroutes are:

  • #4 Cottage Grove
  • #6 Jackson Park Express
  • #10 Museum of Science & Industry
  • #20 Madison
  • #22 Clark
  • #29 State
  • #56 Milwaukee
  • #60 Blue Island/26th
  • #62 Archer
  • #66 Chicago
  • #144 Marine/Michigan Express
  • #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express
  • #147 Outer Drive Express
  • #151 Sheridan

#19 United Center Express Serves Chicago Bulls Game
The CTA will operate its #19 United Center Express buses for the Bulls home opener on Friday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. versus the Philadelphia 76ers.

Buses will leave every 12 minutes from Michigan and Superior starting two hours before game time until 30 minutes before the game begins. 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.

CTA Provides Convenient Service for College Football Game
From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, November 3 CTA will operate longer trains on the Purple Line for the Northwestern University versus Iowa Hawkeyes at Ryan Field. Game time is 11 a.m. The stadium is located approximately three blocks from the Central station.

Buses Reroute for Construction Projects
Construction projects throughout the city will cause temporary reroutes on the following CTA bus routes:

#47 47th Street
47th Street at Ashland will be closed from 7 a.m. each day until 3 p.m. each afternoon through Thursday, November 15. Westbound #47 47th Street buses will travel over the regular route to Ashland then will operate via Ashland, 51st, Damen then return to 47th and resume the regular route. Eastbound buses are not affected.

#29 State, #36 Broadway and #62 Archer
The State Street Bridge will be closed over the main branch of the Chicago River from9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Monday, November 5. Northbound #29 State buses will travel over the regular route to Wacker then will operate via Wacker, Dearborn, Kinzie then return to State and resume the regular route.

Southbound #29 State and #26 Broadway buses will travel over the regular route to Kinzie then will operate via Kinzie, Clark, Wacker then return to State and resume the regular route.

Southbound #62 Archer buses will operate via Kinzie, State, Hubbard, Clark, Wacker then return to State and resume the regular route.

#73 Armitage
Armitage will be closed between California and Sacramento from 9 a.m. Monday, November 5 until 4 p.m. Thursday, November 8. Westbound #73 Armitage buses will operate via Armitage, California, North, Sacramento then return to Armitage and resume the regular route. Eastbound buses are not affected.

#201 Central Ridge
From 7:30 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. each morning, beginning Monday, November 5 through Saturday morning, November 9 Howard Street will be closed at the Red Line station. #201 buses will operate via Ashland, Howard, Rogers, Sheridan, Howard, Rogers, Howard terminal then resume the regular route.

Canal Bridge Closed for Repairs
The Canal Street Bridge over the south branch of the Chicago River is closed due to bridge work from 7 p.m. on Friday, November 2 until 3:30 p.m. on Monday, November 5.

#18 16th/18th buses will operate in both directions via 18th, Canal, Clark, Cermak to the Red Line terminal then resume the regular route.

Bus Stop Temporarily Relocated
Beginning Friday, November 2 until Monday, November 19, the northbound near side bus stop on Pulaski at 63rd that is served by the #53A South Pulaski and the #53A South Pulaski Limited routes will be temporarily relocated to a far side stop.

# # #
Back to news
System status snapshot
‘L’ route status
Red Line
Normal Service
Blue Line
Normal Service
Brown Line
Normal Service
Green Line
Normal Service
Orange Line
Normal Service
Pink Line
Normal Service
Purple Line
Normal Service
Yellow Line
Normal Service
Bus routes w/alerts
Elevator alerts