REMINDER: Weekend Track Renewal Work to Reroute Brown Line Trains to Subway

April 9, 2015

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

The Chicago Transit Authority reminds customers that this weekend, Brown Line trains will be rerouted to the Red Line subway beginning 8 p.m. Friday, April 10 through 1:30 a.m. Monday, April 13, as crews replace deteriorated rails, ties and various track components along the Ravenswood Connector – the two-mile section of elevated track between the Armitage and Merchandise Mart stations that was entered into service in 1900. 

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.

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 12 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, April 17 through 1:30 a.m. Monday, April 20.

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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