Ravenswood Connector Track Renewal Work to Reroute Brown Line Trains to the Red Line Subway the Next Two Weekends

May 29, 2015

Free bus shuttles will serve affected stations; Next weekend’s work will also affect new weekday evening Purple Line Express pilot service on Friday, June 5

Work to eliminate slow zones along the Ravenswood Connector – the elevated portion of track between Armitage and the Loop – continues and will require the temporary reroute of Brown Line trains to the Red Line subway beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, May 29 until 4 a.m. Monday, June 1. Similar work is scheduled for the following weekend from 8 p.m. Friday, June 5 until 4 a.m. Monday, June 8, which will also affect the new Purple Line Express service that is being added to weekday evenings as part of a six-week pilot (see details below).

The weekend track renewal work is part of the $90 million Ravenswood Connector Rehabilitation project, which  will provide a smoother, more reliable ride for the more than 40,000 customers who ride Purple Line Express and Brown Line trains each weekday.

On Friday, the last Loop-bound Brown Line train operating on the elevated tracks will depart the Fullerton station at 7:20 p.m., and depart Washington/Wells at 7:35 p.m. for the return trip to Kimball.

The first Brown Line train operating via the subway on Friday will depart Fullerton at 7:29 p.m. to Roosevelt, and the first Kimball-bound train will depart Roosevelt at 7:57 p.m.

Brown Line trains will operate normally between Kimball and Fullerton. Customers are encouraged to plan ahead and allow extra travel time.

Service to/from Armitage, Sedgwick, Chicago and Merchandise Mart

For customers who wish to board or exit from the Armitage, Sedgwick, Chicago and Merchandise Mart Brown Line stations, free shuttle buses will operate in both directions between Fullerton and Clark/Lake, making stops at or near the affected stations.

Loop Elevated Shuttle Train

For customers in the downtown/Loop area, a shuttle train will operate around the Loop for connections to Brown Line service in the subway and the shuttle buses at Clark/Lake. Customers can board this shuttle train at any Loop elevated station from the Outer Loop platform, which is normally served by Brown Line trains.

This work will require six additional temporary, weekend-only reroutes of Brown Line trains to the Red Line subway, which are scheduled through fall 2015. Weather permitting, the next weekend reroute of Brown Line trains will occur in July, beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, July 17 through 4 a.m. Monday, July 20.

Purple Line Express pilot service

Also affected by Ravenswood Connector project work will be Purple Line Express service, which begins Monday June 1, with an additional weekday evening run – from Linden to the Loop and back – as part of a six week pilot.

On Friday, June 5 the Purple Line Express train that departs from Linden at 8 p.m. will be rerouted from the elevated tracks to the Red Line subway and will serve each station between North/Clybourn and Roosevelt in both directions.

Regularly scheduled Purple Line Express service provided from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. from Linden to the Loop will not be affected by the renewal work.

For more information on the new Purple Line Express pilot, visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/news/default.aspx?Month=&Year=&Category=2&ArticleId=3426.

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