Fire Disrupts Green and Orange Line Service

October 24, 2006

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

For Wednesday morning's rush period, Green and Orange Line customers traveling from the South and Southwest sides should allow extra travel time. Inbound Green and Orange Line trains will travel only as far as the Roosevelt station. At that point, customers will have to transfer to the Red Line to continue their trips into the Loop. The transfer will be free. CTA will have extra staff on hand to direct customers and will add additional trains to the Red Line to help accommodate the additional customers. The Red Line will be crowded so extra travel time is strongly recommended.

Green and Orange Line customers may also transfer free to the #29 State bus at Roosevelt Road.

Once in the Loop, customers can transfer free to the elevated at Library station or at State and Lake. Green Line trains will run counterclockwise on the outer loop tracks above Wells, Van Buren, Wabash and Lake, and then return to the Harlem/Lake terminal in Oak Park.

Inbound Green Line service from Oak Park will continue to operate into the Loop, but will travel around the Loop and head back west instead of continuing south at Adams/Wabash.

Note: Due to a different fire that occurred Monday, the Ashland/Lake station on the Green and Pink Lines remains closed.

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