CTA to provide free shuttle buses; Line cuts prepare Green Line for upcoming Red Line South reconstruction
To prepare Green Line tracks for increased passenger traffic during the upcoming reconstruction of the Red Line South, CTA will temporarily cease Green Line train service on the Ashland/63rd branch for four consecutive weekends beginning Friday, March 22.
To assist passengers affected by the line shutdowns—which will impact two stations, Ashland/63rd and Halsted—CTA will provide free bus shuttles during regular Green Line hours. The buses will connect the Ashland/63rd, Halsted and Garfield stations to the Red Line Garfield station. Weekend shutdowns will be:
- Friday, March 22, 10 p.m. – Monday, March 25, 4 a.m.
- Friday, March 29, 10 p.m. – Monday, April 1, 4 a.m.
- Friday, April 5, 10 p.m. – Monday, April 8, 4 a.m.
- Friday, April 12, 10 p.m. – Monday, April 15, 4 a.m.
- Friday, April 19, 10 p.m. Monday, April 22, 4 a.m. **Only if needed for weather-related work delays.
Green Line service on the Cottage Grove branch will be unaffected.
The track improvements will help reduce travel times and improve service for Green Line riders. The work will also enable the Green Line to accommodate additional trains during the upcoming five-month Red Line South project—a $425 million initiative that will completely rebuild the Red Line between Cermak/Chinatown and 95th Street over a five-month period beginning May 19.
During that period, the Red Line between those South Side stations will be shut down and Red Line trains will operate on the elevated Green Line tracks south of Roosevelt to Ashland/63rd.
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