Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of October 24-26

October 24, 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 Belmont and Montrose Temporarily Suspended This Weekend
Rail service between the Belmont and Montrose Blue Line stations will be temporarily suspended from 9 p.m. Friday, October 24 to 3 a.m. Monday, October 27, in order to replace deteriorated rail ties, tie plates and spikes.

Bus shuttles will operate as a substitute for rail service between the Belmont and Montrose stations.

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 provide an additional bus shuttle for customers who need an elevator to access rail service because the Belmont and Montrose 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 will proceed to the accessible Logan Square station.

Rather than exiting at Belmont, northbound customers who need an elevator are advised to at exit 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.

Single Track in Effect for Southbound Blue Line Trains Between Addison and Belmont
A single track will be in effect for southbound Blue Line trains operating between the Addison and Belmont stations from 10 p.m. Tuesday, October 28 until 4 a.m. the following morning.

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.

Late Night Single Track for Blue Line Trains between Jefferson Park and Montrose
From 10 p.m. Wednesday, October 29 until 4 a.m. the following morning, and then again from 10 p.m. Thursday, October 30 until 4 a.m. the following morning, a single track will be in effect for southbound Blue Line trains operating between the Jefferson Park and Montrose stations.

During these times, southbound Blue Line customers at Montrose 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.

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 24 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.

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 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 25 and then again during the same hours on Sunday, October 26.

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. 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
Station Renovations Temporarily Close Jarvis Station This Weekend
Due to station renovation work, the Jarvis Red Line station will be temporarily closed this weekend from 1 a.m. Saturday, October 25 until 4 a.m. Monday, October 27.

Customers who normally board or exit at Jarvis can use the nearby Morse or Howard stations. The #22 Clark, #147 Outer Drive Express, #151 Sheridan and #201 Central/Ridge (Owl) bus routes also provide nearby travel options.

Normal service at Jarvis will resume at approximately 4 a.m. on Monday.

Single Track in Effect for Northbound Red Line Subway Trains Saturday Night
From 11 p.m. Saturday, October 25 until 6 a.m. the following morning,
a single track will be in effect for northbound Red Line trains operating between the Roosevelt and Grand subway stations due to sewer cleaning and maintenance.

During this time, northbound Red Line customers at Roosevelt, Harrison, Jackson, Monroe and Lake 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 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 26 through Wednesday morning, October 29 and then again from 10 p.m. Thursday night, October 30 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.

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 29 to 4 a.m. the following morning.

During these times, 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, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. – Milwaukee Bucks versus Bulls
  • Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. – Detroit Pistons versus Bulls
  • Sunday, October 26 at 8 p.m. – Madonna concert
  • Monday, October 27 at 8 p.m. – Madonna concert
  • Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. – Milwaukee Bucks versus Bulls
  • Friday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Stars 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.

New/Updated Changes in Bus Service
Bridge Closure Temporarily Reroutes Buses
#26 South Shore Express and #30 South Chicago buses will be temporarily rerouted beginning Friday, October 24 due to repairs on the bridge at Mackinaw and 92nd Street.

Northbound buses will travel over the regular route to 95th Street then will operate via 95th, South Chicago, Harbor to Mackinaw and then resume the regular route.

Southbound buses will travel over the regular route to Harbor then will operate via Harbor, South Chicago, 95th, Ewing and then resume the regular route.

Two CTA Bus Routes Detoured This Weekend Due to CTA Loop Tie Replacement
From 9 p.m. Friday, October 24 until 6 a.m. Monday, October 27, 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.

15 CTA Bus Routes Temporarily Detoured for the Annual Halloween Parade
On Saturday, October 25 from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. State Street will be closed between Lake and Madison, Madison Street will be closed between State and Dearborn and Dearborn Street will be closed between Madison and Randolph for the annual Halloween Parade.

During this time, the following 15 CTA bus routes will be temporarily detoured to nearby streets: #6 Jackson Park, #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #14 Jeffery Express, #20 Madison, #22 Clark, #29 State, #36 Broadway, #56 Milwaukee, #60 Blue Island, #62 Archer, #124 Navy Pier, #145 Wilson/Michigan Express, #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express, #147 Outer Drive Express and #151 Sheridan.

#126 Jackson Buses Temporarily Rerouted for the “Sunday Parkways” Event
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, #126 Jackson buses will be temporarily rerouted for the Sunday Parkways bike, walk and ride event. The procession will start at Central Park and Lake and then proceed via Central Park, Jackson, Independence, Douglas, Sacramento, Marshall, 24th to California for end of procession.

During this time, Jackson Boulevard will be closed to all traffic between Central Park and Independence.

Eastbound #126 Jackson buses will operate over the regular route along Jackson to Homan then travel via Homan, Madison, Pulaski to Jackson and then resume the regular route. Westbound #126 buses will travel the reverse route.

During this time, buses operating along the #12 Roosevelt and #20 Madison routes also will experience intermittent delays as a result of the procession crossing the routes. Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

Temporary Removal of Bus Stop at Clarendon and Windsor until Mid-November
Effective 6 a.m. Monday, October 27 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.

Six CTA Bus Routes Detoured on Monday Due to Closure of Adams Street Bridge
On Monday, October 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Adams Street Bridge over the Chicago River will be closed to all traffic due to maintenance work.

During this time, westbound #7 Harrison, #121 Union/Wacker Express, #123 Illinois/Union Express, #126 Jackson, #151 Sheridan and #156 LaSalle buses will travel over the regular route along Adams to Wacker then operate via Wacker, Van Buren, Canal to Adams and then resume the regular route. Eastbound service is not affected and will travel the regular route.

Bus Stop Temporarily Relocated
Beginning Monday, October 27 through Friday, October 31 the northbound near side bus stop on Stony Island at 75th Street will be temporarily relocated to a far side stop due to a lane closure. The bus stop is served by #28 Stony Island and #x28 Stony Island Express buses.

#81 Lawrence Bus Stop Temporarily Relocated
Effective Wednesday, October 29, the temporary westbound near side bus stop located on Lawrence at California, will be permanently relocated to a far side bus stop. This bus stop is served by westbound #81 Lawrence buses.

Ongoing Bus Reroutes
Buses Rerouted on Saturdays for the Near North Farmer’s Market
From 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday 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.

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.

#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.

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.

#9 Ashland Buses Temporarily Rerouted on Sundays through November
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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