Red Line Subway Trains to Reroute to Elevated Tracks Between Fullerton and Cermak-Chinatown

August 22, 2008
08/22/08

Service on the Red Line between the Fullerton station and Cermak-Chinatown station will be temporarily rerouted in both directions from the subway to the elevated tracks from 9 p.m. Friday, August 22 until 3 a.m. Monday, August 25.

Red Line trains will operate normally between the Howard and Fullerton stations and between the 95th Street and Cermak-Chinatown stations. Rerouted Red Line trains will stop at the following elevated stations: Roosevelt/Wabash, Adams/Wabash, Madison/Wabash, Randolph/Wabash, State/Lake, Clark/Lake, Merchandise Mart, Chicago/Franklin, Sedgwick and Armitage. The Merchandise Mart station is available as an exit only (via stairway) on Saturday from 12:50 a.m. to 5:10 a.m., Sunday from 12:50 a.m. to 7:10 a.m., and weekdays from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

In addition to running Red Line trains on the elevated tracks, CTA will operate three bus shuttles to help customers make their normal connections.

Bus shuttle service will operate between the Clark/Division station and North/Clybourn station, stopping at the Sedgwick Brown Line station where customers may board Red Line trains.

Bus shuttle service also will operate from the Grand/State and Chicago/State stations to the Chicago/Franklin Brown Line station where customers may board Red Line trains.

Additional bus shuttle service will operate between Jackson/State, Harrison/State, Jackson/Wabash and Roosevelt/Wabash where customers may board Red Line trains.

Southbound service affected August 25 through August 28
Southbound service on the Red Line will be rerouted to the elevated tracks between Fullerton and Cermak-Chinatown from 9 p.m. Monday, August 25 until 5 a.m. Tuesday, August 26 and again during the same hours Tuesday, Wednesday nights until Thursday morning.

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.

Customers who wish to travel southbound from downtown stations can access southbound Red Line trains at any of the elevated stations along Lake or Wabash streets on the Inner Loop track. Customers who wish to travel southbound from the North/Clybourn, Clark/Division, Chicago or Grand Red Linestations can board a northbound train and exit at Fullerton to board southbound Red Line trains.

Customers traveling southbound to downtown may exit Red Line trains at any elevated station along Lake or Wabash.

Southbound customers who wish to travel to North/Clybourn, Clark/Division, Chicago or Grand stations should exit at the State/Lake elevated station and transfer to the Lake Street Red Line subway station to board a northbound Red Line train. Southbound customers are asked to allow extra travel time.

Southbound Red Line trains will operate normally between the Howard and Fullerton stations and between the Cermak-Chinatown and 95th Street stations.

Red Line trains will resume normal service through the subway on Friday morning.

Northbound service affected August 28 through August 29
Northbound service between the Cermak-Chinatown and Fullerton stations will be temporarily rerouted from the subway to the elevated tracks from 9 p.m. Thursday, August 28 until 5 a.m. Friday, August 29.

Northbound Red Line trains will operate normally between the Fullerton and Howard stations and between the 95th Street and Cermak-Chinatown stations.

Rerouted northbound trains will stop at the following elevated stations between Cermak-Chinatown and Fullerton: Roosevelt/Wabash, Adams/Wabash, Madison/Wabash, Randolph/Wabash, State/Lake, Clark/Lake, Merchandise Mart, Chicago/Franklin, Sedgwick and Armitage. Trains will then operate to Fullerton to resume regular routing. The Merchandise Mart station is available as an exit only (via stairway) weekdays from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Customers who wish to travel northbound from downtown stations can access northbound Red Line trains at any of the elevated stations along Wabash or Lake streets. Customers who wish to travel northbound from the Grand, Chicago, Clark/Division or North/Clybourn Red Line stations can board a southbound train and exit at Lake to access northbound Red Line trains at the State/Lake elevated station.

Northbound customers who wish to exit at the Grand, Chicago, Clark/Division or North/Clybourn stations should travel to the Fullerton station and board a southbound Red Line train.

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