Temporary Closure of Kedzie and Rockwell Brown Line Stations September 23 and September 24

September 20, 2006

Northbound Brown Line Trains to Share Northbound Red Line Tracks at Belmont

Work scheduled this weekend on the Brown Line will result in the closure of both the Kedzie and Rockwell stations from 3 a.m. Saturday, September 23 through Sunday, September 24. Brown Line trains will resume normal service at Kedzie and Rockwell on Monday morning, September 25.

Work is also scheduled to upgrade crossover tracks and signals on Saturday and Sunday at Clark Junction, just north of Belmont on the city's North Side. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24 northbound Brown Line trains will share tracks with northbound Red Line trains at Belmont station. Northbound Brown Line customers will board on the west side of the platform where northbound Red Line customers board. Southbound Brown and Red Line service will not be affected. Normal Brown Line service will resume at 7 p.m. Sunday at Belmont station.

During the Saturday and Sunday closure of Kedzie and Rockwell, Brown Line trains will operate between the Loop and Western station. Bus shuttle service will be provided to customers free of charge from Western station to Kimball station during regular Brown Line hours as a substitute for rail service. The bus shuttle will make stops at the Western station, Rockwell and Lawrence, Sacramento and Lawrence, Kedzie and Lawrence, Kedzie and Wilson, and at the Kimball station.

In addition to the shuttle service, there are seven existing CTA bus routes that provide service near the Kedzie, Rockwell, Kimball and Francisco stations: the #11 Lincoln, #49 Western, #49B North Western, #78 Montrose, #81 Lawrence, #82 Kimball/Homan and the #93 California/Dodge (no Sunday service).

On September 15, both the Kimball and Francisco stations temporarily closed for reconstruction. The Kimball station will remain closed for four months and the Francisco station will remain closed for six months. Western station will remain open throughout construction.

Customers in close proximity to the Kedzie station are also served by the following four CTA bus routes: #78 Montrose, #81 Lawrence, #82 Kimball/Homan and #93 California/Dodge. Customers in close proximity to the Rockwell station are served by the following six CTA bus routes: #11 Lincoln, #49 Western, #49B North Western, #X49 Western Express, #78 Montrose and the #81 Lawrence.

Throughout the Brown Line construction project, slow zones and single track operation are periodically necessary near construction activity so, as a general rule, we advise rail customers to allow extra travel time. Information on scheduled service impacts are provided through Customer Alerts in rail stations, on CTA buses and trains, provided to media through press releases and posted on CTA's Brown Line web site at www.ctabrownline.com, as well as CTA's web site at www.transitchicago.com.

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