Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of November 7-9

November 6, 2008

Reroutes in Effect for Loop Elevated Routes for Tie Renewal and Signal Work
The CTA continues slow zone prevention work this weekend on the Loop elevated tracks. Crews are replacing track and rail ties, and installing a new signal and train control system.

The most intense work is scheduled on the Lake Street and Wabash Avenue tracks on weekends resulting in reroutes for Brown, Orange, Pink and Green Line trains, with some work scheduled on select weeknights.

IMPORTANT: see separate release for further details on weekend reroutes.

Blue Line – Slow Zone Work
Blue Line Service between Jefferson Park and Harlem Temporarily Suspended This Weekend
Rail service between the Jefferson Park and Harlem Blue Line stations will be temporarily suspended from 9 p.m. Friday, November 7 to 3 a.m. Monday, November 10, in order to replace deteriorated rail ties, tie plates and spikes.

Bus shuttles will operate as a substitute for rail service between the Jefferson Park and Harlem stations. Customers should allow extra travel time.

Late Night Single Track for Northbound Blue Line Trains between Montrose and Jefferson Park
A late night single track will be in effect for northbound Blue Line trains operating between the Montrose and Jefferson Park stations from 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 11 to 4 a.m. the following morning and then again from 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 12 to 4 a.m. the following morning.

During these times, northbound Blue Line customers at Montrose and Jefferson Park must board and exit trains from the southbound side of the platform.

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

Pink Line – Other Events Affecting Service
Single Track in Effect for Pink Line Trains Operating Between Kostner and 54th/Cermak This Weekend
Due to grade crossing repair work, a single track will be in effect for eastbound Pink Line trains operating between the 54th/Cermak and Kostner stations from 1 a.m. Saturday morning, November 8 until 2 a.m. Sunday morning, November 9.

Eastbound Pink Line customers at Cicero must board and exit trains from the westbound side of the platform.

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

Sunday to Monday Morning – Westbound
From 2 a.m. Sunday morning, November 9 until 2 a.m. Monday morning, November 10, a single track will be in effect for westbound Pink Line trains operating between the Kostner and 54th/Cermak stations.

During this time, westbound Pink Line customers at Cicero must board and exit trains from the eastbound side of the platform.

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

Blue Line – Other Events Affecting Service
Single Track in Effect for Blue Line Trains Operating in the Dearborn Subway
From 11 p.m. Friday, November 7 until 7 a.m. the following morning,
a single track will be in effect for northbound Blue Line trains operating between the LaSalle and Grand subway stations due to signal repair work.

Northbound Blue Line customers at the Jackson, Monroe, Washington and Clark/Lake subway stations must board and exit from the southbound side of the platform.

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

Saturday Night – Southbound
A single track will be in effect for southbound Blue Line trains operating between the Grand and LaSalle subway stations from 10 p.m. Saturday, November 8 until 7 a.m. the following morning.

During this time, southbound Blue Line customers at the Clark/Lake, Washington, Monroe and Jackson subway stations must board and exit trains from the northbound side of the platform.

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

Monday Night – Southbound
Due to construction, a single track will be in effect for southbound Blue Line subway trains operating between the Grand and LaSalle stations from 10 p.m. Monday, November 10 until 4 a.m. the following morning.

Southbound Blue Line customers at the Clark/Lake, Washington, Monroe and Jackson subway stations must board and exit trains from the northbound side of the platform.

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

Single Track in Effect for Blue Line Trains Operating between Damen and Grand
From 9 p.m. Thursday, November 13 until 4 a.m. the following morning,
a single track will be in effect for southbound Blue Line subway trains operating between the Damen and Grand stations due to signal repair work.

Southbound Blue Line customers at the Division, Chicago and Grand subway stations must board and exit trains from the northbound side of the platform.

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

Brown Line – Other Events Affecting Service
Single Track in Effect for Southbound Brown Line Trains on Sunday
A single track will be in effect for southbound Brown Line trains between the Addison and Southport stations on Sunday, November 9 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., due to station work.

During this time, southbound Brown Line customers at the Addison and Southport stations must board and exit trains from the northbound platform.

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

Brown/Red Lines – Other Events Affecting Service
Brown and Red Line Trains Temporarily Rerouted at Fullerton
Due to work associated with the Brown Line Capacity Expansion project, southbound Brown and Red Line trains will be temporarily rerouted to operate on the northbound tracks at the Fullerton station for five nights next week from 9 p.m. each night until 4:30 a.m. the following morning beginning Monday night, November 10 through Saturday morning, November 15.

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

During this time, southbound Brown Line trains will be unable to stop at Diversey. Southbound Brown Line customers traveling to Diversey should exit at Fullerton and board a northbound train to Diversey. Customers at Diversey who want to travel southbound should board a northbound train and exit at Belmont to access a southbound train.

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

Red Line – Other Events Affecting Service
Late Night Single Track in Effect for Northbound Red Line Trains between Cermak-Chinatown and Roosevelt
From 11 p.m. Friday, November 7 until 6 a.m. the following morning,
a single track will be in effect for northbound Red Line trains operating between the Cermak-Chinatown and Roosevelt stations due to CTA track maintenance.

Northbound Red Line customers at Cermak-Chinatown must board and exit trains from the southbound side of the platform.

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

Southbound Red Line Trains Temporarily Unable to Stop at Berwyn Friday Night
Due to station renovation work, southbound Red Line trains will be temporarily unable to stop at the Berwyn station from 11 p.m. Friday, November 7 until 4 a.m. the following morning. Northbound service is not affected.

During this time, southbound Red Line customers who want to exit at Berwyn should instead travel to Argyle and board a northbound train to Berwyn. Customers at Berwyn who want to travel southbound should board a northbound train and exit at Bryn Mawr to access a southbound train.

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

Single Track in Effect for Northbound Red Line Trains Next Week between 63rd and Garfield
Due to CTA track maintenance work, a late night single track will be in effect for northbound Red Line trains operating between the 63rd and Garfield stations for the following four nights:

 

  • 10 p.m. Sunday, November 9 until 4 a.m. the following morning
  • 10 p.m. Monday, November 10 until 4 a.m. the following morning
  • 10 p.m. Tuesday, November 11 until 4 a.m. the following morning
  • 10 p.m. Thursday, November 13 until 4 a.m. the following morning

During these times, northbound Red Line customers at Garfield must board and exit trains from the southbound side of the platform.

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

Single Track in Effect for Southbound Red Line Subway Trains Wednesday Night
Due to construction work, a single track will be in effect for southbound Red Line subway trains operating between the Grand and Roosevelt stations from 11 p.m. Wednesday, November 12 until 4 a.m. the following morning.

During this time, southbound Red Line customers at the Lake, Monroe, Jackson, Harrison and Roosevelt stations must board and exit trains from the northbound side of the platform.

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

Additional Service for Special Events
#19 United Center Express Serves Upcoming Events
CTA will operate its #19 United Center Express buses on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. – Phoenix Suns versus Bulls
  • Saturday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. – Cleveland Cavaliers versus Bulls
  • Sunday, November 9 at 6 p.m. – Calgary Flames versus Blackhawks
  • Tuesday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. – Atlanta Hawks versus Bulls
  • Wednesday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. – Boston Bruins versus Blackhawks
  • Thursday, November 13 at 8:30 p.m. – Dallas Mavericks versus Bulls

Buses will leave every 10 minutes from Michigan and Randolph starting 90 minutes before the start of the event until the starting time of the event. When the event ends, #19 buses will depart the United Center approximately every 15 minutes for one hour.

#19 buses no longer will make stops along Michigan Avenue north of Randolph, but will continue to make all stops on Madison from Wabash to Clinton. From Clinton, #19 buses run express to the United Center.

After the event, #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 the final stop at Randolph.

CTA Provides Service for Bears Game
The #12 Roosevelt, #128 Soldier Field Express and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express are convenient travel options for fans heading to the Bears game on Sunday, November 9 versus the Tennessee Titans. Kickoff is at noon.

#128 Soldier Field Express operates non-stop between the Ogilvie Transportation Center, Union Station and Soldier Field. Service will operate from 10 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. After the game, buses will leave Soldier Field every few minutes for one hour.

The fare for #128 buses is $1 for full-fare customers. The exact cash fare is required to receive the special rate.

In addition, Red, Orange and Green line trains serve customers traveling to and from Soldier Field. The stations are located at Roosevelt and State, a few blocks west of the stadium.

New/Updated Changes in Bus Service
UPDATED: #2 Hyde Park Express and #15 Jeffery Local Buses Temporarily Rerouted
The #2 Hyde Park Express and #15 Jeffery Local buses will continue to be temporarily rerouted until further notice.

Northbound #2 buses will operate over the regular route along Drexel to 47th, then travel via 47th, Woodlawn to 51st and then resume the regular route. Southbound #2 buses will travel the reverse route.

Northbound #15 buses will operate over the regular route along Hyde Park to Woodlawn then will travel via Woodlawn, 47th, Drexel to 51st and then resume the regular route. Southbound #15 buses will travel the reverse route.

Two CTA Bus Routes Detoured This Weekend Due to CTA Loop Tie Replacement
From 9 p.m. Friday, November 7 until 6 a.m. Monday, November 10, Lake Street will be closed between State and Garland Court temporarily rerouting buses operating along the #145 Wilson/Michigan Express and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express routes.

Northbound #145 and #146 buses will operate over the regular route along State Street to Washington then will travel via Washington, Michigan to Lake and then resume the regular route along Michigan. Southbound service is not affected and buses will travel over the regular route.

Temporary Relocation of Northbound Bus Stop at Western and 95th
Due to construction at the northeast corner of Western and 95th, the northbound far side bus stop served by the #X49 Western Express and #49A South Western buses will be temporarily relocated until Thursday, November 20.

Northbound #X49 buses will now stop further north of the current location, beyond the bank and restaurant driveways.

Northbound #49A buses will now stop near side, adjacent to the restaurant at 9501 S. Western.

Bridge Repairs Temporarily Reroute #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick Buses Next Week
Due to repairs being made on the Van Buren Street Bridge, southbound #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick buses will be temporarily rerouted from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Friday, November 7.

Southbound #11 buses will operate over the regular route along Wells to Adams and then will travel via Adams to Clinton and then resume the regular route. Northbound service is not affected.

Ongoing Bus Reroutes
Westbound #68 Northwest Highway Buses Temporarily Rerouted
Until 5 a.m. Monday, November 10, westbound #68 Northwest Highway buses will be rerouted due to the temporary closure of the Park Ridge Metra rail station for construction work. During this time, westbound #68 buses will operate over the regular route along Summit Avenue to Prospect then travel via Prospect to Northwest Highway for end of route and start of eastbound service.

Railroad Crossing Repairs Temporarily Reroute #56A North Milwaukee and #90N North Harlem Buses
Until 6 a.m. Saturday, November 15, Harlem Avenue will be temporarily closed between Avondale and Northwest Highway due to railroad track replacement.

During morning and evening rush periods, northbound #56A North Milwaukee buses will operate over the regular route along Devon to Northwest Highway then will travel via Northwest Highway, Harlem to Devon for the end of route and start of southbound service.

Northbound #90N North Harlem buses will travel over the regular route along Harlem to Avondale then will operate via Avondale, Devon to Harlem and then resume the regular route. Southbound #90N buses will travel the reverse route.

Bridge Reconstruction Reroutes Buses
The reroute of #205 Chicago/Golf buses will continue until Sunday, November 16, due to bridge reconstruction on Emerson between Leland and McCormick. #205 buses will operate in both directions via Church, McCormick to Golf and then resume the regular route.

Temporary Removal of Bus Stop at Clarendon and Windsor
Until 4 p.m. Monday, November 17, the northbound and southbound bus stops located at Clarendon and Windsor will be temporarily removed due to sewer repair work. This location is served by #135 Clarendon/LaSalle Express, #145 Wilson/Michigan Express and #148 Clarendon/Michigan Express buses.

Customers are advised to board and exit buses at the northbound and southbound bus stops located half a block south at Clarendon and Sunnyside.

Temporary Removal of Eastbound Bus Stop at Chicago/Fairbanks
Until 3 p.m. Friday, November 21, the eastbound bus stop located at Chicago and Fairbanks served by #3 King Drive, #X4 Cottage Grove Express, #26 South Shore Express, #66 Chicago and #157 Streeterville buses will be temporarily removed due to construction.

At Chicago and Mies Van der Rohe, customers can board #3, #X4, #26 and #66 buses. At Fairbanks and Superior, customers can board #3, #66 and #157 buses.

#9 Ashland Buses Temporarily Rerouted on Sundays
From 6 a.m. each Sunday morning until 6 a.m. the following Monday morning, through November 23, #9 Ashland buses operating in both directions will be temporarily rerouted at Ashland/16th Street due to railroad track repairs.

Northbound #9 Ashland buses will travel over the regular route along Ashland to 18th then will operate via 18th, Laflin, 15th to Ashland and then resume the regular route. Southbound #9 buses will travel the reverse route.

Railroad Bridge Repairs Reroute #75 74th/75th Buses
Until Wednesday, December 31, 2008, #75 74th/75th buses will be rerouted on weekdays only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. due to railroad bridge repair work in the 7500 block of South Loomis Street. Eastbound #75 buses will travel along 74th Street to Ashland then will operate via Ashland, 76th, Racine to 74th and resume the regular route. Westbound #75 buses will operate the reverse route.

Buses Rerouted on Harrison Due to Construction
Harrison Street between Paulina and Ashland continues to be closed until Thursday, January 1, 2009, due to construction.

Eastbound #7 Harrison buses will travel over the regular route to Paulina then will operate via Polk, Ashland to Harrison and then resume the regular route.

Eastbound #126 Jackson buses operating during late evenings, weekends and holidays will travel over the regular route to Harrison then will operate via Harrison, Wood, Polk, Ashland to Harrison and then resume the regular route.

#7 Harrison Bus Stop Temporarily Relocated
Until further notice, the westbound mid-block bus stop located at Harrison near Paulina served by the #7 Harrison will be temporarily relocated around the corner on Paulina due to construction.

Bus Stop Relocated Due to Construction at Chestnut and Lake Shore Drive
Until June 1, 2011, the bus stop located at Chestnut and Lake Shore Drive served by #10 Museum of Science & Industry and #157 Streeterville buses will be relocated due to construction. Customers must board and exit #157 buses at Inner Lake Shore Drive and Pearson. #10 customers should board on Chestnut between Mies Van der Rohe and Michigan or on Michigan southbound at Pearson.

CTA Buses Rerouted Around Wells Street Bridge
Until further notice, two CTA bus routes will be detoured around the Wells Street Bridge due to maintenance and repair work.

Southbound #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick and westbound #125 Water Tower Express buses will operate over the regular route along Wells to Hubbard then travel via Hubbard, LaSalle, Wacker to Wells and then resume the regular route. Northbound #11 and eastbound #125 buses are not affected and will operate over their regular routes.

#24 Wentworth Buses Temporarily Rerouted Due to Sewer Repair Work
Until further notice, #24 Wentworth buses will be temporarily rerouted to adjacent streets due to sewer repair work at the intersection of Vincennes Avenue and 71st Street.

#34 South Michigan Buses Temporarily Rerouted Due to Construction
Until further notice, 130th Street at Indiana Avenue will be closed due to viaduct and sewer repair work. Southbound #34 South Michigan buses will travel over the regular route along Michigan to 115th and then operate via 115th, Bishop Ford Expressway, 130th to Langley and then resume the regular route. Northbound #34 buses will travel the reverse route. During this time, bus shuttles will operate along Michigan Avenue between 115th and 127th streets.

Bus Service Changes Due to Construction at State and Grand
#36 Broadway and southbound #29 State buses are rerouting until further notice at Grand Avenue and State Street due to construction at the Red Line’s Grand station.

Southbound #36 and #29 buses will travel over the regular route to Grand then will operate via Clark to Illinois then return to State and resume the regular route.

Northbound #36 buses will travel over the regular route to Dearborn then will operate via Dearborn to Ohio, then return to State and resume the regular route.

Bus Stop Temporarily Relocated
Until further notice, the westbound near side bus stop located at Grand and State, served by the #29 State, #36 Broadway and #65 Grand buses, will be temporarily relocated to a far side stop at Grand and Dearborn due to construction.

Buses Reroute Due to Construction
Halsted is closed at Root Street from 6 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. each day until further notice, due to construction. Westbound #43 43rd buses will operate over the regular route to Halsted and then will travel via Halsted, 45th Street, Morgan to Exchange and then resume the regular route. Eastbound #43 buses will operate the reverse route.

#60 Blue Island/26th Buses Rerouted Due to Street Closure
Until further notice, Laflin Street between Cermak and 21st Place will be closed to all traffic due to construction at Benito Juarez School. Eastbound #60 Blue Island/26th buses will travel over the regular route to Cermak then will operate via Cermak, Loomis, 21st Street then return to Laflin and resume the regular route. Westbound #60 buses will operate the reverse route.

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