Ravenswood Connector Track Work to Reroute Weekend Brown Line Trains to Subway

April 16, 2015

Free shuttle buses will make stops at or near Brown Line stations between Fullerton and Clark/Lake

Brown Line riders are reminded to plan ahead and allow extra travel time this weekend. Work to rehabilitate tracks and remove slow zones along the Ravenswood Connector – the two-mile section of elevated track between the Armitage and Merchandise Mart stations – continues and will require Brown Line trains to be rerouted to the Red Line subway beginning 8 p.m. Friday, April 17 through 1:30 a.m. Monday, April 20.

During this time, all Brown Line trains will be rerouted from the elevated tracks to the subway and will serve each station between North/Clybourn and Roosevelt in both directions. Brown Line trains will operate normally between Kimball and Fullerton.

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 will depart Fullerton at 7:29 p.m. to Roosevelt, and the first Kimball-bound train will depart Roosevelt at 7:57 p.m.

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 11 additional temporary, weekend-only reroutes of Brown Line trains to the Red Line subway, which are scheduled through fall 2015. The next weekend reroute of Brown Line trains is tentatively scheduled to begin 8 p.m. Friday, May 1 through 1:30 a.m. Monday, May 4.

The $90 million Ravenswood Connector Rehabilitation Project is eliminating slow zones and creating a smoother, more reliable ride for the more than 40,000 customers who ride Purple Express and Brown line trains to and from the Loop each weekday. For more information about the Ravenswood Connector, visit transitchicago.com/ravenswoodconnector.

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