Weekend Work on Loop Elevated Reroutes Green, Brown, Orange, Pink and Red Line Trains

May 8, 2008

05/08/2008

This weekend crews will be working on the Lake and Wabash stretches of track on the elevated line to replace the signal and train control systems, and replace deteriorated rail ties and track. All trains operating on the elevated structure will be rerouted to the Van Buren and Wells sections of track in the Loop. There will be no train service along the Wabash and Lake elevated tracks.

The following reroutes will be in effect from 10 p.m. Friday, May 9 to 4 a.m., Monday, May 12.

Southbound Brown Line trains entering the Loop will operate on the outer Loop track as Orange Line trains from the Merchandise Mart to Midway. From the Merchandise Mart, southbound Orange Line trains will make their first stop at Washington/Wells, then Quincy/Wells, LaSalle/Van Buren and Library, then proceed to Roosevelt where they will resume normal southbound Orange Line service to Midway.

Northbound Orange Line trains entering the Loop will operate on the inner Loop track as Brown Line trains from Roosevelt to Kimball. From Roosevelt, northbound Brown Line trains will make their first stop at Library, then LaSalle/Van Buren, Quincy/Wells and Washington/Wells, then proceed to the Merchandise Mart where they will resume normal northbound Brown Line service to Kimball.

Northbound Green Line trains 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. Southbound Green Line trains will 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 operate between 54th/Cermak and Ashland only. Customers who want to travel to the Loop will be asked to transfer to southbound Green Line trains at Ashland. Customers who want to travel from the Loop and connect with service along the 54th/Cermak branch will be asked to take a northbound Green Line train to Ashland and transfer to a Pink Line train.

Red Line trains that normally operate through the subway between the Fullerton station and the Cermak-Chinatown station will operate on the elevated structure. Northbound Red Line trains will operate normally from 95th to Cermak-Chinatown, then reroute to the Roosevelt elevated station and proceed to the inner Loop track along Van Buren and Wells. Northbound Red Line trains will make their first stop at Library, then LaSalle/Van Buren, Quincy/Wells, Washington/Wells, Merchandise Mart, Chicago/Franklin, Sedgwick and Armitage, then to Fullerton where they will resume normal northbound service. Southbound Red Line trains will operate normally from Howard to Fullerton, then reroute to Armitage, Sedgwick, Chicago/Franklin and Merchandise Mart, then to the outer Loop track along Wells and Van Buren. In the Loop, southbound Red Line trains will stop at Washington/Wells, Quincy/Wells, LaSalle/Van Buren, Library to Roosevelt elevated, then proceed to the Cermak-Chinatown station where they will resume normal southbound Red Line service.

For customers who want to travel eastbound or westbound from rail stations along Van Buren and Wells, the following bus routes provide east-west service and are near stations along Van Buren and Wells:

  • #126 Jackson and #151 Sheridan buses provide eastbound service on Jackson Street, and westbound service on Adams Street.
  • #14 Jeffery Express, #56 Milwaukee and #60 Blue Island/26th buses provide eastbound service on Monroe Street, and along with the #124 Navy Pier buses provide westbound service on Madison Street.

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