Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of October 10-12

October 10, 2008

NOTE: Due to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon this weekend, there will be no reroutes due to construction on the Blue Line or in the Loop.

CTA service will operate on a normal weekday schedule on Columbus Day--Monday, October 13

Blue Line – Slow Zone Work
Single Track in Effect for Blue Line Trains Between Belmont and Addison
From 11 p.m. Friday, October 10 until 7 a.m. the following morning,
a single track will be in effect for southbound Blue Line trains operating between the Addison and Belmont stations.

During this time, southbound Blue Line customers at Addison and Belmont 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 between Harlem and Jefferson Park
A late night single track will be in effect for southbound Blue Line trains operating between the Harlem and Jefferson Park stations from 10 p.m. Monday, October 13 until 4 a.m. the following morning.

Southbound Blue Line customers at Jefferson Park 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.

Late Night Single Track for O’Hare Branch Blue Line Trains Next Week
From 10 p.m. Tuesday, October 14 to 4 a.m. the following morning, and then again from 10 p.m. Wednesday, October 15 to 4 a.m. the following morning,
a single track will be in effect for northbound Blue Line trains operating between the Harlem and Cumberland stations.

During these times, northbound Blue Line customers at Harlem 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.

Single Track in Effect for Northbound Blue Line Trains Next Week
A single track will be in effect for northbound Blue Line trains operating between Belmont and Addison from 10 p.m. Thursday, October 16 until 4 a.m. the following morning.

Northbound Blue Line customers at Belmont and Addison 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.

Brown Line – Slow Zone Work
Single Track in Effect for Brown Line Trains between Addison and Western
A single track will be in effect for northbound Brown Line trains operating between the Addison and Western stations from 8 p.m. Thursday, October 16 until 4 a.m. the following morning.

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

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

Red Line – Slow Zone Work
Southbound Red Line Subway Trains Temporarily Rerouted to Elevated Tracks on Monday
Southbound Red Line trains that normally operate through the subway between the Fullerton and Cermak-Chinatown stations will be temporarily rerouted to the elevated tracks from 9 p.m. Monday, October 13 until 5 a.m. Tuesday, October 14.

Rerouted northbound trains will stop at the following elevated stations between Fullerton and Cermak-Chinatown: Armitage, Sedgwick, Chicago/Franklin, Merchandise Mart, Clark/Lake, State/Lake, Randolph/Wabash, Madison/Wabash, Adams/Wabash and Roosevelt/Wabash. Please note: the Merchandise Mart station is available as an exit only (via stairway) from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Southbound Red Line trains will operate normally between the Howard and Fullerton stations and the Cermak-Chinatown and 95th stations. Northbound Red Line service is not affected.

(see separate release for details )

Brown Line – Other Events Affecting Service
Single Track in Effect for Brown Line Trains on Saturday
Due to maintenance work, a single track will be in effect for northbound Brown Line trains operating between the Chicago and Sedgwick stations from 6:30 a.m. until noon on Saturday, October 11.

Northbound Brown Line customers at Chicago and Sedgwick must board and exit trains from the southbound platform.

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

Southbound
From noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, a single track will be in effect for southbound Brown Line trains operating between the Sedgwick and Chicago stations.

During this time, southbound Brown Line customers at Sedgwick and Chicago 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
Late Night Reroute of Brown and Red Line Trains at Fullerton Next Week
Due to work associated with the Brown Line Capacity Expansion project, southbound Red and Brown Line trains will be temporarily rerouted to operate on the northbound tracks at the Fullerton station from 9 p.m.each night until 4:30 a.m. the following morning beginning Monday night, October 13 through Thursday morning, October 16.

Southbound 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 these times, 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. Southbound customers at Diversey 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 and Brown Line Trains Temporarily Rerouted at Belmont and Fullerton
Due to work associated with the Brown Line Capacity Expansion project, southbound Red and Brown Line trains will be temporarily rerouted to operate on the northbound tracks at the Belmont and Fullerton stations from 9 p.m. Thursday, October 16 until 4:30 a.m. the following morning, and then again from 9 p.m. Friday, October 17 until 4:30 a.m. the following morning.

Southbound customers at Belmont and 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 these times, 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. Southbound customers at Diversey 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 Red Line Trains between 69th and 63rd
A single track will be in effect for northbound Red Line trains operating between the 69th and 63rd stations from 10 p.m. Sunday, October 12 until 4 a.m. the following morning and then again from 10 p.m. Monday, October 13 until 4 a.m. the following morning.

Northbound Red Line customers at the 63rd station 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.

Single Track in Effect for Red Line Trains between 63rd and Garfield Next Week
Due to track maintenance work, a single track will be in effect for northbound Red Line trains operating between the 63rd and Garfield stations from 10 p.m. Tuesday, October 14 to 4 a.m. the following morning and then again from 10 p.m. Thursday, October 16 to 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.

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

Late Night Single Track in Effect for Southbound Red Line Subway Trains
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, October 15 to 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 Bus and Rail Service for Special Events
CTA Provides Service to Health and Fitness Expo and Bank of America Chicago Marathon
CTA is a convenient travel option to the Health and Fitness Expo on Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, and for spectators and participants heading to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 12.

More frequent service on the #3 King Drive route will operate between McCormick Place and Chicago and Michigan avenues for the Health and Fitness Expo from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, October 10 and again from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 11.

The marathon begins at 8 a.m. on Sunday, starting just north of Jackson on Columbus Drive with the course winding through numerous city neighborhoods.

CTA will operate longer trains to accommodate spectators. Because bus routes in the vicinity of the marathon also will be impacted with intermittent reroutes or delays due to lane closures, CTA recommends customers allow extra travel time.

(see separate release for details )

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

  • Monday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. – Blackhawks versus Tennessee Predators
  • Tuesday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. – Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild
  • Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. – Bulls versus Phoenix Suns

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 will no longer 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.

New/Updated Changes in Bus Service
UPDATED: #87 87th Buses Reroute for Construction Through October
#87 87th buses will continue to be rerouted in both directions due to street reconstruction. Eastbound buses will travel over the regular route to Vincennes then will operate via Vincennes, 83rd, Lafayette then return to 87th and resume the regular route. Westbound buses will travel over the regular route to State then will operate via State, 83rd, Vincennes then return to 87th and resume the regular route.

Westbound #96 Lunt Buses Temporarily Rerouted Due to Sewer Repair Work
Until 6 a.m. Saturday, October 11, Lunt Avenue will be closed between Sheridan and Glenwood due to sewer repair work. During this time, westbound #96 Lunt buses will operate over the regular route along Morse to Sheridan and then will travel via Sheridan, Pratt, Ashland to Lunt and then resume the regular route. Eastbound #96 buses are not impacted and will travel the regular route.

Westbound #68 Northwest Highway Buses Temporarily Rerouted Until November
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.

Two CTA Bus Routes Temporarily Detoured for the Double Ten Parade
Beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 11, eastbound Cermak Road will closed between Archer and Wentworth due to the annual Double Ten Parade.

During this time, eastbound #18 16th/18th and #21 Cermak buses will travel over the regular route along Cermak to Archer and will then operate via Archer, Clark to Cermak and then resume the regular route. Westbound #18 and #21 buses are not impacted and will travel the regular route.

Four CTA Bus Routes Detoured for Columbus Day Parade
Columbus Drive will be closed between Roosevelt and Monroe, and Balbo Drive will be closed between Michigan and Lake Shore Drive for the annual Columbus Day Parade on Monday, October 13 from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

#6 Jackson Park Express, #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #14 Jeffery Express and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express buses will operate in both directions via Lake Shore Drive, Columbus, Roosevelt, Michigan, Balbo and then resume their regular routes.

Ongoing Bus Reroutes
Bus Stop Temporarily Relocated on Dearborn at Jackson
The northbound near side bus stop on Dearborn at Jackson that is served by #22 Clark, #24 Wentworth, #36 Broadway, #62 Archer and #129 West Loop/South Loop buses has been temporarily relocated to the south side between Jackson and Van Buren due to construction. The relocation is in effect through October 11.

#78 Montrose Buses Temporarily Rerouted through October
Due to sewer work, Montrose Avenue at Ravenswood will be closed to all traffic through Monday, October 13. Eastbound #78 Montrose buses will operate over the regular route along Montrose to Damen then travel via Damen to Wilson and resume the regular route.

Buses Rerouted on Saturdays for the Near North Farmer’s Market
From 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Saturday through October 25, Division Street between State and Clark will be closed for the Near North Farmer’s Market.

During this time, southbound #36 Broadway buses will travel over the regular route to Clark then will operate via Clark, Maple to State and then resume the regular route.

Northbound #36 buses will operate over the regular route to State then will travel via State, Elm to Clark and then resume the regular route.

Eastbound #70 Division buses will travel over the regular route along Division to Clark and then operate via Clark, Maple to Dearborn and then resume the regular route. Westbound service is not affected.

Late Night Bridge Repairs Reroute #124 Navy Pier Buses in October
A late night reroute of #124 Navy Pier buses will be in effect until Friday, October 31, due to repairs being made to the Columbus Bridge over the Chicago River. During this time, buses will be rerouted beginning at 8 p.m. each night from Sunday through Thursday, and on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 10 p.m.

Normal service along the route will be restored prior to the start of the morning rush period each day.

Southbound #124 Navy Pier buses will operate over the regular route along Grand to Lake Shore Drive and then will travel via Lake Shore Drive, Lower Wacker to Columbus and then resume the regular route. Northbound #124 buses will operate over the regular route along Lower Columbus to Lower Wacker then travel via Lower Wacker, Lake Shore Drive to Illinois and then resume the regular route.

Buses Reroute Downtown for Construction
From midnight each weeknight until 6 a.m. the following morning, Randolph Street will be closed from State to Dearborn through Saturday morning, November 1.

In addition, Dearborn Street is closed between Washington and Randolph from 9 p.m. each weeknight until 6 a.m. the following morning through Saturday morning, November 1.

Northbound #22 Clark, #36 Broadway and #62 Archer buses will travel over the regular route along Dearborn to Monroe and will then operate via Monroe, State, Wacker to Dearborn and then resume the regular route.

Bridge Reconstruction Reroutes Buses
The reroute of #205 Chicago/Golf buses will continue until 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.

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 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.

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 Lane 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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