Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of September 19-21

September 18, 2008

09/18/08

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 new systems will help improve the reliability of service by regulating train movement, speed and intervals at that junction.

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.

Blue Line - Slow Zone Work
Blue Line Service between Addison and Montrose Temporarily Suspended This Weekend
Rail service between the Addison and Montrose Blue Line stations will be temporarily suspended from 9 p.m. Friday, September 19 to 3 a.m. Monday, September 22, in order to replace deteriorated rail ties, tie plates and spikes.

Bus shuttles will operate as a substitute for rail service between the Addison 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
Because the Montrose and Addison 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. It will stop at Montrose, Irving Park and Addison stations and then proceed to the accessible Logan Square station.

Rather than exiting at Addison, northbound customers 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.

Single Track in Effect for O'Hare Branch Blue Line Trains Next Week
A late night single track will be in effect for Blue Line trains operating between the Addison and Belmont stations from 10 p.m. each night until 4 a.m. the following morning beginning Tuesday night, September 23 through Friday morning, September 26.

During these times, southbound Blue Line customers at the Addison and Belmont 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.

Red Line - Slow Zone Work
Late Night Single Track in Effect for Southbound Red Line Trains
A single track will be in effect for southbound Red Line trains operating between the Fullerton and Clark/Division stations from 11 p.m. Friday, September 19 until 7 a.m. the following morning.

Southbound Red Line customers at North/Clybourn must board and exit trains from the northbound 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 Saturday Night
A late night single track will be in effect for southbound Red Line subway trains between the Clark/Division and Grand stations from 11 p.m. Saturday, September 20 until 7 a.m. the following morning.

Southbound Red Line customers at Clark/Division must board and exit trains from the northbound side of the platform.

Southbound Red Line customers at the Chicago and Grand subway stations must board and exit trains from the northbound platform.

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

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, September 22 until 5 a.m. Tuesday, September 23.

Rerouted southbound 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. The Merchandise Mart station is available as an exit only (via stairway) on from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

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

(see separate release for details )

Brown Line - Slow Zone Work
Single Track in Effect for Brown Line Trains This Weekend
A single track will be in effect for northbound Brown Line trains between the Addison and Western stations, from 3 a.m. Saturday morning, September 20 to 3 a.m. Sunday morning, September 21.

Northbound Brown Line customers at the Montrose station must board and exit trains from the southbound platform.

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

Sunday
From 3 a.m. Sunday morning, September 21 to 3 a.m. Monday morning, September 22, a single track will be in effect for southbound Brown Line trains between the Western and Addison stations.

Southbound Brown Line customers at the Montrose station must board and exit trains from the northbound platform.

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

Brown Line Trains Rerouted between Western and Addison Next Week
Brown Line trains will be temporarily rerouted between the Western and Addison stations from 8 p.m. each night until 4 a.m. the following morning beginning Monday night, September 22 through Friday morning, September 26.

Southbound Brown Line customers at Montrose 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.

Blue Line - Other Events Affecting Service
Single Track in Effect for Northbound Blue Line Trains Due to Block 37 Work
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, September 19 until 7 a.m. the following morning, and then again from 10 p.m. Saturday night, September 20 until 7 a.m. the following morning.

During these times, 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 LaSalle
From 10 p.m. Monday, September 22 until 4 a.m. the following morning, a single track will be in effect for northbound Blue Line trains operating between the Racine and LaSalle stations due to signal repair work.

Northbound Blue Line customers at the UIC-Halsted, Clinton and LaSalle 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.

Red Line - Other Events Affecting Service
Late Night Single Track in Effect for Southbound Red Line Subway Trains
Due to construction work associated with Block 37, 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, September 24 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.

Brown Line - Other Events Affecting Service
Northbound Brown Line Trains Unable to Stop at Diversey This Saturday
On Saturday, September 20 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
northbound Brown Line trains will be temporarily rerouted to operate on the Red Line tracks due to track maintenance.

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

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

Chicago Brown Line Stationhouse Reopens Sunday
Beginning at 5 a.m. Sunday, September 21, customers will be able to enter the new Chicago Brown Line stationhouse located on the south side of the street at 301 W. Chicago Avenue, across from the former 100-year-old historic stationhouse.

Additional Bus and Rail Service for Special Events
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, September 21, versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 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 9:40 a.m. until 12:20 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 and 50 cents for reduced-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.

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

 

  • Tuesday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. - Blackhawks versus Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Wednesday, September 24 at 8 p.m. - Eagles Concert
  • Thursday, September 25 at 8 p.m. - Eagles Concert

Please Note: changes to previous details on #19 United Center Express service
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
Five CTA Bus Routes Detoured Due to Repairs on the Michigan Avenue Bridge
Due to maintenance and repair work on the Michigan Avenue Bridge, five CTA bus routes will continue to be detoured each night from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. the following morning until Friday morning, September 27.

The reroute affects #3 King Drive, #66 Chicago, #146 Marine/Michigan Express, #147 Outer Drive Express and #151 Sheridan buses operating in both directions.

Northbound #3 King Drive, #146 Marine/Michigan Express, #147 Outer Drive Express and #151 Sheridan buses will operate over the regular route along Michigan Avenue to Wacker then travel via Wacker, Dearborn, Ohio to Michigan and then resume the regular route. Southbound #3, #146, #147 and #151 buses will travel over the regular route along Michigan to Ontario then operate via Ontario, Clark, Wacker to Michigan and then resume the regular route.

Eastbound late night #66 Chicago buses will operate over the regular route along Chicago Avenue to Fairbanks then travel via Fairbanks, Columbus, South Water to Michigan and then resume the regular route. Westbound #66 buses will operate via Michigan to South Water, Columbus, Fairbanks to Michigan and then resume the regular route.

Bus Stop Relocation for #9 Ashland and #X9 Ashland Express Buses
Effective immediately, the near side stops located at Ashland/Taylor served by northbound and southbound #9 Ashland and #X9 Ashland Express buses are now far side stops.

Buses Temporarily Rerouted for the Chicago Police Annual Candlelight Vigil
Museum Campus Drive will be closed between McFetridge and 18thon Thursday, September 18 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the Chicago Police Annual Candlelight Vigil at the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park.

During this time, customers traveling to and from the Museum Campus via the #12 Roosevelt or #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express, must board and exit buses from the front entrance of the Field Museum.

Van Buren Bridge Lift Temporarily Reroutes #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick Buses
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, September 19, the Van Buren Bridge over the south branch of the Chicago River will be closed to traffic due to trial bridge lifting for the upcoming end of boating season.

Westbound #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick buses will travel over the regular route along Van Buren to Wacker then operate via Wacker, Adams, Clinton to Van Buren and then resume the regular route. Eastbound #11 buses are not affected and will travel the regular route.

#78 Montrose Buses Temporarily Rerouted at the Brown Line This Weekend
Due to work associated with the Brown Line Capacity Expansion project, Montrose Avenue at the Brown Line station will be closed to all traffic from 3 a.m. Saturday, September 20 until 3 a.m. Monday, September 22.

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. Westbound #78 buses will travel the reverse route.

#36 Broadway Buses Temporarily Rerouted on Saturday
The intersection of State and Delaware will be temporarily closed due to water main repair work on Saturday, September 20 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

Bus Stop Relocation for #18 16th/18th Buses at Cermak-Chinatown Terminal
Effective at 8 a.m. Sunday, September 21, eastbound #18 16th/18th buses will no longer enter the Cermak-Chinatown Red Line terminal. Customers may board eastbound #18 buses at the existing near side service stop located at Cermak/Wentworth.

Four CTA Bus Routes Detoured for Chicago Bears Game Traffic
In anticipation of heavy traffic along Roosevelt Road and Lake Shore Drive for Sunday's Chicago Bears game, four CTA bus routes will be detoured beginning 90-minutes before the game and ending 90-minutes after the game ends.

During this time, southbound #3 King Drive buses will travel over the regular route along Michigan Avenue to 14th then will operate via 14th to Indiana and then resume the regular route. Northbound #3 buses will travel the regular route.

Southbound #6 Jackson Park Express, #10 Museum of Science & Industry and #14 Jeffrey Express buses will operate over the regular route along Michigan to Cermak and then will travel via Cermak, King Drive, 31st to Lake Shore Drive and then resume the regular route. Northbound #6, #10 and #14 buses will travel the reverse route.

#86 Narragansett/Ridgeland Buses Rerouted Due to Street Repairs
Due to street repairs, South Boulevard will be closed between Ridgeland and Lombard effective 9 a.m. Monday, September 22 until 6 a.m. Sunday, October 5.

Southbound #86 Narragansett/Ridgeland buses will operate over the regular route along Lake to Austin then travel via Austin, Washington, Ridgeland, South Boulevard to the Ridgeland Green Line station for the end of the route and start of northbound service. Northbound #86 buses will serve the near side stop at Ridgeland/South Boulevard.

#95W West 95th Buses Rerouted for Railroad Crossing Repairs
Effective 6 a.m. Wednesday, September 24 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, 95th Street will be closed at Wood Street due to the replacement of the railroad crossing.Westbound #95W West 95th buses will travel over the regular route along 95th to Ashland then will operate via Ashland/Beverly, 99th, Longwood to 95th and then resume the regular route. Eastbound #95W buses will travel the reverse route.

Ongoing Bus Reroutes
#82 Kimball/Homan Buses Rerouted For Sewer Repair Work
Until 4 a.m. Thursday, September 25, Kimball Avenue will be closed between Foster and Bryn Mawr due to sewer repair work. Northbound #82 Kimball/Homan buses will travel over the regular route along Kimball to Foster then will operate via Foster, Kedzie, Bryn Mawr to Kimball and then resume the regular route. Southbound #82 buses will operate the reverse route.

Road Repairs Temporarily Reroute #201 and #206 Buses
Until Monday, September 29, southbound Ridge Avenue between Davis and Main will be closed due to street reconstruction.

Southbound #201 Central/Ridge buses will operate over the regular route along Chicago to Davis then travel via Davis, Asbury, Main to Ridge and then resume the regular route.

For the evening rush period, southbound #206 buses will operate along Dempster to Asbury then travel via Asbury, Main to Ridge and then 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.

Sewer Repair Work Reroutes #78 Montrose Buses
Due to sewer repair work, Montrose Avenue will be closed between Wolcott and Hermitage until 4 a.m. Monday, October 27. Eastbound #78 Montrose buses will operate over the regular route along Montrose to Damen then travel via Damen, Wilson, Clark to Montrose and then resume the regular route. Westbound #78 buses will travel the reverse 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 Street and Ashland Avenue continues to be closed until Thursday, January 1, 2009, due to construction.

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

Eastbound #126 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 the #10 Museum of Science & Industry and #157 Streeterville buses, will be relocated due to construction. Customers must board and exit #10 and #157 buses at Inner Lake Shore Drive and Pearson.

CTA Buses Rerouted Around Wells Street Bridge
Until further notice, two CTA buses will be rerouted 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 near 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 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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