Free bus shuttles to operate between Halsted and Roosevelt; normal Orange Line service resumes 4 a.m. Tuesday
Work continues this weekend on the rehabilitation of the 18th Street Connector – a half-mile stretch of elevated structure that carries Orange Lines trains traveling to/from the Loop. To accelerate completion of this critical project, Orange Line service between the Halsted and Roosevelt stations will be temporarily suspended beginning 10 p.m. Friday, May 23 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, May 27.
For customers who need to travel between the adjacent Halsted and Roosevelt stations over the weekend, free bus shuttles will be provided, and customers will be able to make free transfers from shuttles to rail stations to resume the remainder of their trips. The shuttles will run continuously during scheduled Orange Line service hours and will be able to accommodate all passengers. A Sunday/holiday service schedule will be in effect for Orange Line trains and shuttles both on Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26.
Customers are strongly encouraged to allow approximately 15 minutes of extra travel time when traveling to/from the Loop via the Orange Line this weekend.
Under this $25 million project, the 45-year-old elevated structure is receiving significant repairs, including track renewal work, which will provide customers with a smoother, more reliable ride. Additional project work includes painting and waterproofing the structure.
Remaining project work will be completed during the final weekend of project work, which is scheduled for May 30-June 2. Work will begin Friday at 10 p.m. and conclude by 4 a.m. the following Monday. Weekend work will also require partial closures of State Street and/or full or partial closures of 18th Street. Residents and local businesses will receive notice ahead of these closures.
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