No El service this weekend on east side of the Loop
Work on the Wabash and Lake portions of the Loop elevated structure this weekend will tighten up El traffic and have Brown Line trains turning into Orange Line trains, and vice versa.
Crews will be replacing signal and train control systems, a project that is scheduled for completion in 2009.
With Wabash and Lake closed to traffic, Brown Line trains heading south into the Loop will turn into Orange Line trains, and Orange trains heading north will become Brown.
And to further confuse riders, Red Line trains will share the tracks as slow zone work continues in the tunnel.
And of course, Blue Line service will be suspended between Harlem and Rosemont.
So that means that six of the eight rail lines will have service disruptions this weekend. Frankly, this isn't too smart -- to have the Red Line reroute to a track that already will have to deal with reroutes. I understand the CTA has to do this work, but they should do these reroutes on the same weekend. As Chicago Carless Mike wrote in an email to me: "The entire eastern half of River North and the Loop is becoming a transit desert this weekend."
Have fun, folks. I think I'm staying away from the Loop this weekend.