Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of October 17-19

October 17, 2008

Reroutes in Effect on Elevated Routes as Signal Work Resumes
The CTA continues slow zone prevention work this week 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 Irving Park and Belmont Temporarily Suspended this Weekend for Slow Zone Work
Rail service between the Irving Park and Belmont Blue Line stations will be temporarily suspended from 9 p.m. Friday, October 17 until 3 a.m. Monday, October 20 in order to replace deteriorated rail ties, tie plates and spikes.

Bus shuttles will operate as a substitute for rail service between the Irving Park and Belmont stations, making stops at Belmont, Addison and Irving Park.

In addition, CTA personnel will be available to direct customers to awaiting buses. Customers should allow extra travel time.

Alternate Service for Customers with Disabilities
CTA also will operate an additional bus shuttle because the Belmont and Irving Park stations are not equipped with elevators. Southbound customers who need an elevator to access rail service should board the CTA shuttle bus at Jefferson Park, which then will proceed directly to the accessible Logan Square station.

Rather than exiting at Belmont, northbound customers who need an elevator are advised to travel to Logan Square where they can board a CTA shuttle bus to the accessible Jefferson Park station.

Customers with disabilities also have the option of boarding a #56 Milwaukee bus which operates between the Logan Square and Jefferson Park stations.

Late Night Single Track for O’Hare Branch Blue Line Trains Next Week
A single track will be in effect for northbound Blue Line trains operating between the Harlem and Cumberland stations from 10 p.m. each night until 4 a.m. the following morning beginning Tuesday night, October 21 through 4 a.m. Friday morning, October 24.

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.

Red Line – Slow Zone Work
Northbound Red Line Subway Trains Temporarily Rerouted to Elevated Tracks on Monday
Northbound Red Line trains that normally operate through the subway between the Cermak-Chinatown and Fullerton stations will be temporarily rerouted to the elevated tracks from 9 p.m. Monday, October 20 until 5 a.m. the following morning.

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

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

(see separate release for details )

Blue Line – Other Events Affecting Service
Single Track in Effect for Northbound Blue Line Trains Due to Construction
A single track will be in effect for northbound Blue Line trains operating between the LaSalle and Grand stations from 11 p.m. Friday night, October 17 until 7 a.m. the following morning.

During this time, northbound Blue Line customers at the Jackson, Monroe, Washington and Clark/Lake stations 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.

Late Night Single Track in Effect for Blue Line Trains between Racine and Western
From 10 p.m. Saturday, October 18 until 6 a.m. the following morning, a single track will be in effect for southbound Blue Line trains between the Racine and Western stations due to signal repair work.

Southbound Blue Line customers at the Racine and Medical District 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.

Brown/Red Lines – Other Events Affecting Service
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. 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 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. 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
Structural Maintenance Work Impacts Service at Wilson, Lawrence and Argyle on Sunday
Due to structural maintenance work, northbound Red Line trains will be operating on the northbound Brown Line track between Addison and Berwyn. As a result, northbound Red Line trains will be temporarily unable to stop at the Wilson, Lawrence and Argyle stations on Sunday, October 19, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Northbound customers who want to exit at Wilson, Lawrence or Argyle should exit at Berwyn and board a southbound train to their respective destination. Customers traveling north from these stations must board a southbound train and exit at Sheridan (or Addison for easier cross-platform transfers) to access a northbound train.

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

Late Night Single Track in Effect for Red Line Trains between 63rd and Garfield
A single track will be in effect for northbound Red Line trains operating between the 63rd and Garfield stations from 10 p.m. each night until 4 a.m. the following morning beginning Sunday night, October 19 through Wednesday morning, October 22 and then again from 10 p.m. Thursday night, October 23 until 4 a.m. the following morning.

During these times, northbound Red Line customers at the Garfield 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.

Station Renewal Work Impacts Service at Berwyn Two Nights Next Week
Early Wednesday Morning – Northbound
Due to station renewal work, northbound Red Line trains will be temporarily unable to stop at Berwyn from 12:01 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 22.

During this time, northbound customers who want to exit at Berwyn should instead exit at Bryn Mawr and board a southbound train to Berwyn. Customers traveling north from the Berwyn station must board a southbound train and exit at Argyle to access a northbound Red Line train.

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

Early Thursday Morning – Southbound
On Thursday, October 23 from 12:01 a.m. to 4:30 a.m., southbound trains will be temporarily unable to stop at the Berwyn Red Line station.

During this time, southbound customers who want to exit at Berwyn should instead exit at Argyle and board a northbound train to Berwyn. Customers traveling south from the Berwyn station must board a northbound train and exit at Bryn Mawr to access a southbound Red Line train.

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 22 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
#19 United Center Express Serves Upcoming Events
CTA will operate its #19 United Center Express buses on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. – So You Think You Can Dance
  • Saturday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. – Utah Jazz versus Bulls
  • Sunday, October 19 at 6 p.m. – Vancouver Canucks versus Blackhawks
  • Wednesday, October 22 at 8 p.m. – Edmonton Oilers versus Blackhawks

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, October 19, versus the Minnesota Vikings. 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: Westbound #96 Lunt Buses Temporarily Rerouted Due to Sewer Repair Work
Until 6 a.m. Monday, October 27, 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.

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. And at Fairbanks and Superior, customers can board #3, #66 and #157 buses.

Manhole Restoration Work Temporarily Detours 15 CTA Bus Routes This Weekend
From 10 p.m. Friday, October 17 until 6 a.m. Monday, October 20, northbound State Street will be closed between Madison and Randolph due to construction work.

Fifteen CTA bus routes will be temporarily 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 during this construction project.

Bus routes that are subject to temporary detours are:

#4 Cottage Grove (Owl)
#6 Jackson Park Express
#10 Museum of Science & Industry
#20 Madison
#22 Clark (Owl)
#29 State
#36 Broadway
#56 Milwaukee

#60 Blue Island/26th
#62 Archer
#66 Chicago
#145 Wilson/Michigan Express
#146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express
#147 Outer Drive Express
#151 Sheridan

Two CTA Bus Routes Detoured This Weekend Due to CTA Loop Tie Replacement
From 11 p.m. Friday, October 17 until 6 a.m. Monday, October 20, 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.

Two Helicopter Lifts Temporarily Detour Buses on Sunday
On Sunday, October 19 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Jackson Boulevard will be closed between LaSalle and Dearborn and Clark Street will be closed between Van Buren and Adams due to a helicopter lift at 111 W. Jackson.

Southbound #22 Clark buses will travel over the regular route along Clark to Monroe then operate via Monroe, State, Congress, Clark, Polk to Dearborn for the end of route Van Buren and Jackson, and start of northbound service.

Northbound #151 Sheridan buses will operate over the regular route along Jackson to Wacker then travel via Wacker, Monroe to State and then resume the regular route. Southbound #151 buses are not affected and will operate over the regular route.

Eastbound #126 Jackson and #128 Soldier Field Express buses will travel over the regular route along Jackson to Wacker then operate via Wacker, Monroe, State to Jackson then resume the regular route. Westbound #126 and #128 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.

Randolph Street – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Randolph Street will be closed between Michigan and Columbus due to a helicopter lift at 130 E. Randolph.

Northbound #4 Cottage Grove and #60 Blue Island buses will operate over the regular route along Michigan to Wacker then travel via Wacker, Columbus to South Water for end of route and start of southbound service. Southbound #4 and #60 buses will depart from South Water and then travel south on Michigan over the regular route.

#9 Ashland Buses Temporarily Rerouted on Sundays through November
From 6 a.m. each Sunday morning until 6 a.m. the following Monday morning, effective October 19 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.

Eight More Routes Added to the CTA Bus Tracker Program
Effective Monday, October 20, eight additional CTA bus routes will be activated on CTA’s Bus Tracker web site. With the addition of the following routes, customers will be able to track estimated arrival times for buses on 49 percent (75 out of 153) of CTA bus routes:

  • #6 Jackson Park Express
  • #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick
  • #69 Cumberland/East River
  • #79 79th
  • #87 87th
  • #145 Wilson/Michigan Express
  • #151 Sheridan
  • #157 Streeterville

#65 Grand Buses Detoured Due to Grand Avenue Bridge Repairs
Grand Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River will be closed to all traffic from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day beginning Monday, October 20 through Friday, October 24.

Eastbound #65 Grand buses will operate over the regular route along Grand to Halsted then will travel via Halsted, Chicago, Wells to Illinois and then resume the regular route. Westbound #65 buses will operate over the regular route along Grand to Orleans and then travel via Orleans, Chicago, Halsted to Grand and then resume the regular route.

Ongoing Bus Reroutes
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.

#87 87th Buses Reroute for Construction Through October
#87 87th buses 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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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