March 13, 2000

Rehabilitation of the Chicago/State subway station will require closing the platform used by southbound Red Line customers from 9 a.m. Sunday, March 19, until 4 a.m. Monday, March 20. The same platform will be closed again for the same period starting Sunday, March 26.

Construction work, which has been ongoing since last June, includes the installation of colorful wall tile, a granite platform floor, and elevators to make the station accessible to persons with disabilities. On Sundays, April 2 and 9, the work will shift to the platform served by northbound trains.

Red Line trains will continue to operate while one or the other platform is closed, but will not stop on the side where construction is under way.

While the southbound platform is closed, customers wishing to exit southbound trains at Chicago can travel to Grand and ride back to Chicago on a northbound train. Customers who want to go south from the Chicago Avenue station can ride north to Clark/Division and change to a southbound train.

When the northbound platform is closed, customers traveling to the Chicago station will be able to ride north to Clark/Division and take a southbound train back to Chicago. Customers wishing to go north from Chicago at that time will be able to ride south to Grand and change to a northbound train.

Customers are reminded that from midnight to 9 a.m. on Sundays, the entire Red Line subway has been closed to service while a new train signal system is installed. During this period, Red Line trains use Brown Line tracks from Fullerton to downtown, where they stop at stations along Lake and Wabash. The trains then follow Orange Line tracks south before returning to the Red Line at Cermak-Chinatown. Northbound trains make the same detour in reverse. While the subway is closed, shuttle buses stop at station locations between Fullerton and State/Lake, with a final downtown stop at Clark/Lake, to provide customers with connections to Red Line trains.

For details about all CTA service, call 836-7000 (all local area codes).

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