Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of October 31 – November 2

October 31, 2008

NOTE: Daylight-saving time ends on Sunday, November 2 and clocks are to be set back one hour.

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 Cumberland Temporarily Suspended This Weekend
Rail service between the Jefferson Park, Harlem and Cumberland Blue Line stations will be temporarily suspended from 9 p.m. Friday, October 31 to 3 a.m. Monday, November 3, 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, Harlem and Cumberland stations.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

Late Night Single Track for Blue Line Trains between Jefferson Park and Montrose
From 10 p.m. Wednesday, November 5 until 4 a.m. the following morning, and then again from 10 p.m. Thursday, November 6 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.

Brown Line – Other Events Affecting Service
Single Track in Effect for Northbound Brown Line Trains on Sunday
A single track will be in effect for northbound Brown Line trains between the Southport and Addison stations on Sunday, November 2 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., due to station renovation work.

During this time, northbound Brown Line customers at the Southport and Addison stations 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 – Other Events Affecting Service
Northbound Red Line Trains Temporarily Unable to Stop at Berwyn Friday Night
Due to station renovation work, northbound Red Line trains will be temporarily unable to stop at the Berwyn station from 11 p.m. Friday, October 31 until 4 a.m. the following morning.

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

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

Single Track in Effect for Southbound Red Line Subway Trains Saturday Night
Due to station renovation 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. Saturday, November 1 until 8 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.

Late Night Single Track in Effect for Southbound Red Line Subway Trains on Wednesday
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 5 until 4 a.m. the following morning, due to construction work.

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.

Yellow Line – Other Events Affecting Service
Yellow Line Service Temporarily Suspended on Sunday Due to Construction
Yellow Line service between the Skokie and Howard stations will be temporarily suspended on Sunday, November 2, due to grade crossing repairs and CTA track maintenance work.

Customers are advised to use the #97 Skokie bus service as a substitute for Yellow Line service. The CTA will provide additional #97 Skokie buses to accommodate customers. Customers will be able to transfer to Purple and Red Line trains at Howard station.

Note for CTA Customers with Unlimited Ride Passes: Daylight-saving time ends on Sunday, November 2 and clocks are to be set back one hour. Customers using unlimited ride passes will not lose any time on their passes because the passes are active for 24-hour periods; therefore, customers will still receive the full number of hours allotted by the type of pass purchased.

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 31 at 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Stars versus Blackhawks
  • Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. – Memphis Grizzlies versus Bulls
  • Monday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. – Colorado Avalanche versus Blackhawks
  • Tuesday, November 4 at 8 p.m. – Celine Dion concert

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 2 versus the Detroit Lions. 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
Two CTA Bus Routes Detoured This Weekend Due to CTA Loop Tie Replacement
From 9 p.m. Friday, October 31 until 6 a.m. Monday, November 3, 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.

#2 Hyde Park Express and #15 Jeffery Local Buses Temporarily Rerouted Next Week
The #2 Hyde Park Express and #15 Jeffery Local buses will be temporarily rerouted on Monday, November 3 and Tuesday, November 4. Normal routing will resume on Wednesday.

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.

Railroad Crossing Repairs Temporarily Reroute #56A North Milwaukee and #90N North Harlem Buses
Effective 4 a.m. Wednesday, November 5 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 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. each day on Thursday, November 6 and then again during the same hours 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
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 then will operate via Monroe, State, Wacker to Dearborn and then resume the regular route.

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.

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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