Fire Disrupts Green and Orange Line Service

October 25, 2006

The Chicago Transit Authority announced today that, for safety reasons, Green and Orange Line service between Roosevelt Road and the Loop will remain suspended until further notice due to a major fire that destroyed a building adjacent to the elevated tracks. CTA will not resume service until a determination can be made on whether the tracks sustained damage.

At Roosevelt customers are encouraged to transfer free of charge to Red Line trains in the subway to continue their trips into the Loop or further north. Red Line service will prove a fast and convenient transfer option for customers.

CTA will continue to have extra CTA staff on hand at all Loop stations and at Roosevelt to assist customers and will add trains to the Red Line to help accommodate the additional customers. Customers are asked to allow extra travel time.

CTA will also operate shuttle bus service during morning and evening rush on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to substitute for Green and Orange Line service. Shuttle buses will operate between Roosevelt station and Library station in the Loop from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., and again from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Green Line service will continue to operate from Oak Park to the Loop on the outer track in a counter-clockwise direction. Customers may transfer free of charge from the elevated Library station to the Red Line at Jackson station. A free transfer is also available at the State/Lake elevated station to the Red Line subway station at Lake.

A major fire destroyed a building adjacent to the elevated tracks and CTA will not resume service until it is safe to do so.

On a related note, the Ashland station on the Green and Pink Lines resumed operation at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Earlier in the week, an unrelated fire required the station to close (see separate release).

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