UPDATE TO CTA SERVICE AFFECTED BY HELICOPTER LIFTS AT HAROLD WASHINGTON COLLEGE

February 6, 2004
2/6/04

The Chicago Transit Authority has received updated information regarding a series of helicopter lifts to the roof of Harold Washington College Sunday, February 8. The changes, in bold, are:

The lifts will take place from 7 a.m. until noon.

The State/Lake elevated station will remain open, but customers will not be permitted on the platform while the helicopter is hovering over the building. CTA personnel will be on hand to assist customers.

Southbound Orange Line and Green Line trains will be held at the Clark/Lake elevated station.

Complete updated copy follows:

Helicopter Lifts Close Several Streets Sunday A series of six helicopter lifts to the roof of Harold Washington College, 30 East Lake Street will cause several street closures from 7 a.m. until noon Sunday. The following closures will be in effect during the lifts: Wacker Drive between State and Michigan, Wacker Place between State and Michigan, Lake between State and Michigan, and Wabash between Randolph and Kinzie.

The State/Lake elevated station will remain open, however customers will not be permitted on the platform while the helicopter is hovering over the building. Orange, Green and Brown Line Loop rail service will experience temporary and intermittent delays. While the helicopter is hovering over the building, northbound Brown Line and westbound Green Line trains will be held at the Randolph/Wabash station and southbound Orange Line and Green Line trains will be held at the Clark/Lake elevated station. CTA rail staff will direct trains to proceed between lifts once the helicopter has cleared the airspace over the elevated structure. Customers are asked to allow themselves additional travel time.

Additionally, bus service will be affected. Southbound #126 Jackson buses will operate via Michigan, Wacker, Randolph, back to State then resume the regular route. Northbound #10 Museum of Science & Industry and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express buses will operate via State, Washington, back to Michigan then resume the regular route.

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