Slow Zone Prevention & Signal Work on Loop Elevated Continues

September 22, 2008
09/22/2008

Brown, Green, Orange and Pink Line Trains
Rerouted Through Loop

The CTA is performing slow zone prevention work this week on the Loop elevated tracks. Crews are replacing track and rail ties, and installing a new signal and train control system at the Loop junction of Van Buren/Wabash (Tower 12). The new systems will help to improve the reliability of service by regulating train movement, speed and intervals at that junction.

The most intense work is scheduled on the Lake Street and Wabash Avenue tracks on weekends resulting in reroutes for Brown, Orange, Pink and Green Line trains, with some work scheduled on select weeknights. The work for this phase of the project on the elevated lines is scheduled to continue through Thanksgiving 2008.

WEEKNIGHT REROUTES
In preparation for the upcoming weekend work, CTA will temporarily reroute trains in the Loop on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights this week.

Northbound Green Line trains and Brown Line trains will be rerouted in the Loop on Tuesday, September 23 from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. the following morning. Reroutes for Tuesday are:

Brown Line trains will be rerouted from the outer track to the inner Loop track, and travel clockwise. Entering the Loop, Brown Line trains will make their first stop at Clark/Lake, then State/Lake, Randolph/Wabash, Madison/Wabash, Adams/Wabash, Library, LaSalle/Van Buren, Quincy/Wells and Washington/Wells, then proceed to the Merchandise Mart and resume the normal route.

Northbound Green Line trains will be rerouted from the outer tracks along Wabash and Lake to the inner Loop tracks along Van Buren and Wells. Northbound Green Line trains will make their first stop at Library, then LaSalle/Van Buren, Quincy/Wells and Washington/Wells, then proceed to Clinton and resume the regular route. Southbound Green Line trains and Orange and Pink Line trains will operate normally on the inner track along Lake and Wabash streets.

Orange, Pink and southbound Green Line trains will be rerouted in the Loop on Wednesday, September 24 and Thursday, September 25 from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. the following morning. Reroutes for Wednesday and Thursday are:

Orange Line trains will be rerouted from the inner track to the outer Loop track, and travel counterclockwise. Entering the Loop, Orange Line trains will make their first stop at Adams/Wabash, Madison/Wabash, Randolph/Wabash, State/Lake, Clark/Lake, Washington/Wells, Quincy/Wells, LaSalle/Van Buren and Library, then proceed to Roosevelt and resume the normal route.

Pink Line trains will be rerouted from the inner track to the outer Loop track and travel counterclockwise. Entering the Loop, Pink Line trains will make their first stop at Washington/Wells, Quincy/Wells, LaSalle/Van Buren, Library, Adams/Wabash, Madison/Wabash, Randolph/Wabash, State/Lake and Clark/Lake, then proceed to Clinton and resume the normal route.

Green Line trains from Harlem/Lake will enter the Loop from Clinton and be rerouted to the outer Loop track along Wells and Van Buren. Southbound Green Line trains will make their first stop at Washington/Wells, Quincy/Wells, LaSalle/Van Buren and Library, then proceed to Roosevelt where they will resume normal southbound service.

Northbound Green Line trains and Brown Line trains will operate normally on the outer track along Lake and Wabash.

WEEKEND REROUTE
Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, September 26 until 4 a.m. Monday, September 29
, Brown, Green, Pink and Orange Line trains operating on the elevated structure will be rerouted to the Wells and Van Buren sections of track.

Southbound Brown Line trains entering the Loop from the Merchandise Mart will operate normally on the outer Loop track until they leave Library station. From Library, they will operate as Orange Line trains and travel to Midway Airport.

Northbound Brown Line trains will operate from Roosevelt to the inner Loop track along Van Buren and Wells. Entering the Loop from Roosevelt, northbound Brown Line trains will stop at Library, then LaSalle/Van Buren, Quincy/Wells to Washington/Wells then operate the normal route to Belmont. At Belmont, CTA will operate Brown Line shuttle trains between Belmont and Kimball due to slow zone removal work on the Brown Line between Belmont and Western. Customers traveling north of Belmont will board Brown Line shuttle trains to complete their trips.

Orange Line trains from Midway will enter the Loop from Roosevelt and operate on the inner Loop track following their normal route to Washington/Wells. They will then operate as Brown Line trains to Belmont stopping at the Merchandise Mart, Chicago, Sedgwick, Armitage, Fullerton, Diversey and Belmont. Northbound trains will then turn back southbound at Belmont and resume normal Brown Line service to the Loop. Southbound from Belmont, trains will enter the Loop from the Merchandise Mart stopping at Washington/Wells, Quincy/Wells, LaSalle/Van Buren, Library and Roosevelt where they will resume normal southbound Orange Line service.

Green Line trains from 63rd entering the Loop from Roosevelt will be rerouted to the inner Loop track along Van Buren and Wells. Northbound Green Line trains will make their first stop at Library, then LaSalle/Van Buren, Quincy/Wells and Washington/Wells, then proceed to Clinton and resume the regular route. Green Line trains from Harlem/Lake will enter the Loop from Clinton and be rerouted to the outer Loop track along Wells and Van Buren. Southbound Green Line trains will make their first stop at Washington/Wells, Quincy/Wells, LaSalle/Van Buren and Library, then proceed to Roosevelt where they will resume normal southbound service.

Pink Line trains will enter the Loop from Clinton and be rerouted to the outer Loop track. Entering the Loop from Clinton, Pink Line trains will make their first stop at Washington/Wells, then Quincy/Wells, LaSalle/Van Buren and Library, where they will turn and resume normal westbound service on the inner Loop track with the first stop at Library/Van Buren.

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