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CTA Weekend Service Changes - Nov. 21 to Nov. 23

Here's the CTA email alert on weekend service changes.

Rail Lines

BLUE LINE

Nov 21 - 24
9pm Fri to 3am Mon
Bus Substitution Between Clark/Lake and Division Stations

How does this affect my trip?
Shuttle buses replace rail service between Clark/Lake and Division.

Accessible shuttle buses operate between Jackson and Western (O’Hare branch).

Trains will operate between O’Hare and Division and between Clark/Lake and Forest Park.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
We are making track improvements to eliminate slow zones and improve rail service along the Blue Line.


Nov 21 – 22
11pm Fri to 7am Sat
Boarding Change, Delays at Rosemont Station

How does this affect my trip?
Board/exit all trains on the Forest Park-bound side of the platform at the Rosemont station.

Trains in both directions will operate on the same track at Rosemont, resulting in minor delays.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
We are making track improvements to eliminate slow zones and improve rail service along the Blue Line.


Nov 22 - 23
10pm Sat to 7am Sun
Boarding Change, Delays at Rosemont Station

How does this affect my trip?
Board/exit all trains on the O’Hare-bound side of the platform at the Rosemont station.

Trains in both directions will operate on the same track at Rosemont, resulting in minor delays.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
We are making track improvements to eliminate slow zones and improve rail service along the Blue Line.


Nov 23 – 25
Sun to Tue
9pm nightly to 5am next day
Boarding Change, Delays Between Austin and Cicero

How does this affect my trip?
Board/exit all trains on the Forest Park-bound side of the platform at the Austin station.

Trains in both directions will operate on the same track between Austin and Cicero, resulting in minor delays.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
We are performing track maintenance to ensure that trains continue to operate safely along the Blue Line.


BROWN LINE

Sat, Nov 22
6:30am to 3pm
Boarding Change at Belmont Station, Loop-bound Trains Bypass Diversey Station

How does this affect my trip?
Belmont Station:
To Loop, 95th: Board/exit all trains on the Red Line side of the Howard-bound platform.

To Howard, Kimball: Board/exit all trains on the Brown Line side of the Howard-bound platform.

Diversey Station:
Loop-bound trains will not stop at the Diversey station.

For service to this station, take a Loop-bound train to Fullerton and transfer to a Kimball-bound train.

For service from this station, take a Kimball-bound train to Belmont and transfer to a Loop-bound train.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
We are performing station construction to modernize and expand stations along the Brown Line.


GREEN LINE

Nov 22 – 24
1:30am Sat to 4am Mon
Service Substitution Between Roosevelt and
35th-Bronzeville-IIT Stations

How does this affect my trip?
Green Line trains are not operating between Roosevelt and 35th-Bronzeville-IIT stations. Trains operate between Harlem, Downtown and Roosevelt, and between 35th-Bronzeville-IIT and Ashland/63rd-Cottage Grove.

Shuttle buses provide service between 35th-Bronzeville-IIT and Sox-35th station on the Red Line.

Use Red Line trains between Sox-35th and Downtown. Transfer between Red Line trains and Green Line trains to/from Harlem at Roosevelt.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
We are performing structural maintenance to ensure that trains continue to operate safely along the Green Line.


ORANGE LINE

Nov 22 - 24
1:30am Sat to 4am Mon
Delays Between Roosevelt and Halsted

How does this affect my trip?
Trains in both directions will operate on the same track between Roosevelt and Halsted, resulting in minor delays.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
We are performing structural maintenance to ensure the trains continue to operate safely along the Orange Line.


PINK LINE

Nov 22 - 23
1am Sat to 2am Sun
Boarding Change, Delays Between 54th/Cermak
and Kostner

How does this affect my trip?
Board/exit all trains on the 54th/Cermak-bound side of the platform at the Cicero station.

Trains in both directions will operate on the same track between 54th/Cermak and Kostner, resulting in minor delays.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
We are performing track maintenance to ensure that trains continue to operate safely along the Pink Line.


Nov 23 - 24
2am Sun to 2am Mon
Boarding Change, Delays Between Kostner and
54th/Cermak

How does this affect my trip?
Board/exit all trains on the Loop-bound side of the platform at the Cicero station.

Trains in both directions will operate on the same track between Kostner and 54th/Cermak, resulting in minor delays.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
We are performing track maintenance to ensure that trains continue to operate safely along the Pink Line.


RED LINE

Nov 21 – 22
11pm Fri to 4am Sat
Boarding Change, Delays Between Grand and Cermak

How does this affect my trip?
Board/exit all trains on the Howard-bound side of the platform at Lake, Monroe, Jackson, Harrison and Roosevelt stations.

Trains in both directions will operate on the same track between Grand and Cermak, resulting in minor delays.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
We are making track improvements to eliminate slow zones and improve rail service along the Red Line.


YELLOW LINE

Sun, Nov 23
6am to 3pm
Bus Substitution Between Skokie and Howard Stations

How does this affect my trip?
#97 Skokie buses replace rail service between Skokie and Howard.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
We are performing maintenance to ensure that trains continue to operate safely along the Yellow Line.


Bus Routes

The bus reroutes listed below are short-term reroutes during this weekend or long-term reroutes beginning this weekend. For updated and ongoing long-term reroutes, please see the Bus Customer Alerts page.

Sat, Nov 22
4:30pm to 9:30pm, or Completion
#3 King Drive Temporary Reroute

How does this affect my trip?
Northbound buses will operate via Michigan, Lower Randolph, Columbus, Fairbanks, and Erie to the route terminal.

Southbound buses will operate via Fairbanks, Columbus, and Randolph, then resume their normal route on Michigan.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
Buses are rerouted due to the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.


Sun, Nov 23
9am to 10:30am
#4 Cottage Grove Temporary Reroute

How does this affect my trip?
Northbound buses will operate via Michigan, Wacker, and Columbus to South Water.

Southbound buses will operate via South Water to Michigan, then resume their normal route on Michigan.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
Buses are rerouted due to a helicopter lift at 200 E. Randolph.


Sat, Nov 22
4:30pm to 9:30pm, or Completion
#6 Jackson Park Express Temporary Reroute

How does this affect my trip?
Northbound buses will operate via Michigan, Randolph, and Dearborn, to Wacker.

Southbound buses will begin their routes at State and Wacker to resume their normal route on State.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
Buses are rerouted due to the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.


Nov 21 – Jan 4
#10 Museum of Science and Industry
Daily Service for Holiday Season

How does this affect my trip?
Buses will operate daily (except Christmas Day) between Chestnut/Mies Van Der Rohe, State Street and the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI).

Monday – Saturday
South from Downtown to MSI:
Service begins 9am, operating every 30 minutes until Museum closes.

North to Downtown from MSI:
Service begins 9:40am, operating every 30 minutes until 40 minutes after Museum closes.

Sunday
South from Downtown to MSI:
Service begins 10:30am, operating every 30 minutes until Museum closes.

North to Downtown from MSI:
Service begins 11:10am, operating every 30 minutes until 40 minutes after Museum closes.


Sat, Nov 22
4:30pm to 9:30pm, or Completion
#10 Museum of Science and Industry Temporary Reroute

How does this affect my trip?
Northbound buses will operate via State, Wacker, and Dearborn, then resume their normal route on Chicago.

Southbound buses will operate via Chicago, Clark and Wacker, then resume their normal route on State.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
Buses are rerouted due to the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.


Sat, Nov 22
4:30pm to 9:30pm, or Completion
#36 Broadway Temporary Reroute

How does this affect my trip?
Northbound buses will operate via Dearborn, Walton, and Clark, then resume their normal route on Division.

Southbound buses will operate via Division, Clark, and Wacker, then resume their normal route on State.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
Buses are rerouted due to the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.


Sun, Nov 23
9am to 10:30am
#60 Blue Island Temporary Reroute

How does this affect my trip?
Eastbound buses will operate via Michigan, Wacker, and Columbus to South Water.

Westbound buses will operate via South Water to Michigan, then resume their normal route on Michigan.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
Buses are rerouted due to a helicopter lift at 200 E. Randolph.


Sat, Nov 22
4:30pm to 9:30pm, or Completion
#66 Chicago Temporary Reroute

How does this affect my trip?
Eastbound buses will operate via Chicago, Clark, and Illinois, then resume their normal route.

Westbound buses will operate via Grand and Dearborn, then resume their normal route on Chicago.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
Buses are rerouted due to the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.


Sat, Nov 22
4:30pm to 9:30pm, or Completion
Temporary Reroute
#145 Wilson/Michigan Express
#147 Outer Drive Express

How does this affect my trip?
Northbound buses will operate via State, Wacker, Dearborn, Walton, Clark, and LaSalle Drive, then resume their normal route on Lake Shore Drive.

Southbound buses will operate via Lake Shore Drive, LaSalle Drive, Clark, Wacker, State, and Washington, then resume their normal route on Michigan.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
Buses are rerouted due to the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.


Sat, Nov 22
4:30pm to 9:30pm, or Completion
#146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express Temporary Reroute

How does this affect my trip?
Northbound buses will operate via State, Wacker, Dearborn, Walton, Clark, and LaSalle Drive, then resume their normal route on Lake Shore Drive.

Southbound buses will operate via Lake Shore Drive, LaSalle Drive, Clark, and Wacker, then resume their normal route on State.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
Buses are rerouted due to the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.


Sat, Nov 22
4:30pm to 9:30pm, or Completion
#151 Sheridan Temporary Reroute

How does this affect my trip?
Northbound buses will operate via State, Wacker, Dearborn, Walton, Clark, and LaSalle Drive, then resume their normal route on Stockton.

Southbound buses will operate via Stockton, LaSalle Drive, Clark, and Wacker, then resume their normal route on State.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
Buses are rerouted due to the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

 

Comments

Didn't they announce a month or so ago that the Red Line subway slow zone work was finished? Why are they still closing it for work?

I wouldn't pay too much attention to what these alerts say, Charles M. Whoever has been in charge of them for the last 2 or 3 months clearly has no idea what they are doing. Last weekend it stated in one place that the blue line was being closed between Lake and Division due to signal work and in another place it stated track work. There have been a number of akwardly worded notices that instead of using a line and direction state "howard bound" or "95th bound" trains. In addition to being rather bizarre language it, of course, also causes people to assume the notices don't affect them when they do. If someone, for example, is riding the red line from Berwin to Chicago and they see the phrase "95th" on the notice they are naturally conditioned to assume it only affects people riding farther south (yet the notices have been used for work around the three track area and even reroutes of trains to the elevated tracks). And just today I noticed a sign that used the present tense to mention some green line work this weekend. Below the dates for this Saturday and Sunday(which was not in position that people's eyes normally gravatate to) it actually stated "Green line trains are not operating between such and such a place and such and such a place". Whoever is doing this needs some basic grammer lessons. And they need to be supervised properly so that there is no way that things so poorly worded are ever issued.

When the southbound Diversey brown line station is bypassed you need to go to Fullerton and change to a northbound train to get off at Diversey. I've noticed that as a convenience, some of the northbound Red line trains stop at Diversey, but some don't. I usually position myself by where the lead car is so I can ask the operator "will you be stopping at Diversey"? Last week I was basically called an idiot by the operator as “this is a red line train, it don’t stop there”. The operator of the next Red line train made an announcement that “This train will be stopping at Diversey today”.

I don't agree. Although the use of "O'Hare-bound" instead of "northbound" takes some getting used to, it matches what people actually see on all signs in the station and on the trains. The cardinal directions can be confusing unless you actually know which way is north, south, etc. Plus, most of the "L" lines don't go straight north and south. Yes, yes, the Red and Purple lines do, but all of the other lines curve, twist, and turn back on themselves. I mean, if you were at UIC-Halsted, is that eastbound or northbound? The train's going east, but O'Hare is actually northwest of where you are. I definitely agree the change might seen somewhat jarring but I see where the CTA is going with it.

As far as not being able to find the date and time, it's at the top in the online version and at the top in large letters in the print version at stations; not sure how you could miss it. Plus, I've noticed that they've standardized the formatting. At least now the information is always in the same place: affect route and time/date at the top (in a header bar on the print version), headline with what the affect is, then a description below. Also, a lot more use of maps and diagrams on the print versions, which is nice.

I agree, the new format takes some getting used to, but I think it has some merits.

MK-

I'm with you. I find the 95th-bound and Howard-bound modifiers to be awkward.

However, your point about contradictory information is the most compelling flaw with the information. Not only are there inconsistencies within these announcements, but there are inconsistencies between different announcements. Some times it signal work vs. track work. Other times the dates are wrong.

The bus alerts posting said that the #77 Belmont bus would be rerouted away from the street closure under the Belmont Brown station - on Wednesday night. The ctabrownline site said that the bus would be rerouted on the following night (last night - Thursday). Well, I tried to get on the re-routed bus at Addison on Wednesday. It never came. I walked to Belmont, like I usually do -- and there was the bus - running on its usual route. (Contrary to what the Customer Bus Alert posting said!!!) However, last night the bus was re-routed - as the ctabrownline site said it would be. (But there was no such notice on Customer Bus Alerts page)

Charles, as you pointed out - the standardization of the formatting is great. However, with inaccurate and conflicting information, those alerts are a useless tool.

Well, regardless of your feelings about 95th-bound, everyone's gotta love "an inbound train, towards the Loop ..."

rider/reader: Are you saying that the same reroute is given two different reasons -- say, track work vs. signal work -- or that different reroutes have different reasons?

If it's the former, that's a problem. If it's the latter, maybe they really are being done for different reasons.

It's even concievable that the same reroute in the same place on two different days could be for two different reasons. For instance, on the Blue Line, there is slow zone removal (i.e. track work) and signal upgarde work (i.e. signal work) going on in some of the same areas. Could that be it?

Ryan: That's the sort of thing I mean -- the inconsistent use of directions/destinations for trains. CTA essentially had three different ways of describing this:

1. Cardinal directions (northbound, southbound, etc. -- generally limited to customer alerts)
2. Terminals (to Kimball, to O'Hare, etc. -- used on station signage and trains)
3. "Inbound" and "Outbound" (used in the platform PA announcements)

That's nuts. It really ought to be consistent.

Inbound/outbound to me is not helpful unless you know where you are in relation to downtown, and for many people that's an irrelevant piece of info for their trip anyway (unless you're actually going downtown). Boston uses that wording, but they're the only major rail system I know of that does. (Plus, what do you say when you ARE downtown? Both directions are "outbound"!)

I expressed my feels on cardinal directions above, so I won’t go into that again.

I agree, the terminal-bound wording takes some getting used to, but I do think it solves some logic problems. Maybe it just requires getting used to...? In the end, consistency is the best remedy and they seem to be trying to move toward that.

Ryan: That's the sort of thing I mean -- the inconsistent use of directions/destinations for trains. CTA essentially had three different ways of describing this:

1. Cardinal directions (northbound, southbound, etc. -- generally limited to customer alerts)
2. Terminals (to Kimball, to O'Hare, etc. -- used on station signage and trains)
3. "Inbound" and "Outbound" (used in the platform PA announcements)

That's nuts. It really ought to be consistent.

Inbound/outbound to me is not helpful unless you know where you are in relation to downtown, and for many people that's an irrelevant piece of info for their trip anyway (unless you're actually going downtown). Boston uses that wording, but they're the only major rail system I know of that does. (Plus, what do you say when you ARE downtown? Both directions are "outbound"!)

I expressed my feels on cardinal directions above, so I won’t go into that again.

I agree, the terminal-bound wording takes some getting used to, but I do think it solves some logic problems. Maybe it just requires getting used to...? In the end, consistency is the best remedy and they seem to be trying to move toward that.

Oops, sorry! Didn't mean to post twice...

"The cardinal directions can be confusing unless you actually know which way is north, south, etc."

You're kidding, right? If someone doesn't know the directions then they obviously are bound to be confused by quite a few things. You might as well have signs pointing to the train doors stating "this is where you enter and exit". You cannot make decisions based on how they affect the most dim-whitted people. Yes, maybe there are some tourists using the CTA who wouldn't fall into this catagory and don't know the directions. However, without a doubt they would be much more likely to be confused by a destination than a direction. When they set out to go somewhere they almost always will know the direction they are going.

"Plus, most of the "L" lines don't go straight north and south. Yes, yes, the Red and Purple lines do, but all of the other lines curve, twist, and turn back on themselves. I mean, if you were at UIC-Halsted, is that eastbound or northbound? The train's going east, but O'Hare is actually northwest of where you are"

Charles, if there is some service adjustment around UIC then that obviously is a simple east-west area. When they say "eastbound" and "westbound" everyone will know what they mean. Farther north, the blue line trains go northwest and southeast. The alerts could say "north" and "south", "west" and "east", or "northwest" and "southeast". It doesn't matter. Nobody would be confused. I don't really get your argument.

"As far as not being able to find the date and time, it's at the top in the online version and at the top in large letters in the print version at stations; not sure how you could miss it."

I'm talking about the paper notices at the station, not online. A person is naturally conditioned to miss that because it is in a shaded area of the sign while the other text is (I believe) larger and in the center. So people's eyes will first go to that statement "green line trains are not operating between such and such and such and such". Obviously, most people would eventually see the dates. And if it used the correct tense ("will not operate") then people will look for and find the time period. But its wording and format now just causes people to have to do a double-take and decipher the sign for a few seconds. And that shouldn't be neccessary.

Should the CTA then put up present-tense signs for when the work is actually going on? After all, if it was in the future tense, people might either assume that the work was still in the future, or else become confused when they see that the supposedly future dates actually include the present. In some extreme cases, the sheer cognitive dissonance may cause a stroke.

In all seriousness, I don't think that they should be faulted for requiring people to read a maybe 50-word notice in order to know what the notice is saying.

Oh come on, Adam. I think you know very well the difference between seeing a present tense worded notice for something in the future and a future tense worded statement (with the dates and times clearly stated) for something occuring in the present. When Barack Obama was campaigning, he didn't state "When you elect me, I am bringing change and am not imposing a tax increase to 95% of Americans." That is just not the way things are communicated. Everybody is well aware that everything is composed and printed in the past. So if it uses the future tense it very well might be referring to something that is in the present.

I never stated the CTA should be faulted for requiring everyone to read the whole notice. I haven't even critisized them for potentially causing confusion. There likely isn't very many people who will be for more than a few seconds. All I did, basically as an aside to someone who was discussing something loosely related, was point out that these things are worded awkwardly. I am not acting as if this is the biggest deal in the world. But I think it is worth mentioning because it does make the CTA look slightly unprofessional. And I also pointed it out because around a year ago Huberman essentually declared himself the savior of all communication problems (which many people had been complaining about although I rarely did) and got the Tribune to do an entire article which acted as if everything would shortly be solved because he appointed someone in a new position of "Vice President of Customer Communication"(I have no idea whether that guy still works for the CTA or if it, as one would hope, was one of the administrative positions elimanated because of the budget shortfall). But nowhere am I acting as if this is a huge deal. My points were in response to a question.

Anyone else notice that Track 1 at Fullerton is open?

By the way, whatever the reason is they are suspending blue line service this weekend at the most busy part of the line, it does seem odd to do it during the day of the Magnificant Mile Light Show. That is a huge event that will bring millions of people downtown. The entire purpose of the event is to encourage people to shop downtown. The economy is sort of doing poorly now so it probably is not a good idea to do anything that might push the area's retail spending further lower, even just a little bit. There are people who will end up deciding not to come to the festival (and to spend money) because it won't be as easy to get to on the blue line. I would not be surprised if there is a store or two downtown that will end up getting closed after the holidays because the business the work causes them to lose tommorow ends up being just enough to miss the numbers they need. The holidays account for a huge amount of retailers' sales. If they are going to do the work over this weekend, the least they could do is do it only on sunday and perhaps overnight friday and early satuday morning. Or better yet, they could wait until February or March. But I guess Huberman wants to be able to schedule some sort of press conference very soon where he can mention some statistics stating how much he has accomplished this year. He apperantly thinks that people will form a lasting impression and remember it when he runs for mayor(even though that likely won't be for at least a decade).

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Anyone else notice that Track 1 at Fullerton is open?

Posted by: strannix | November 21, 2008 at 10:29 PM
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Yes, that is big news! You would think that the CTA would announce that on the home page of their web site, or at the very least, on the new improved, Customer Alert page. Or maybe send it out on one of their email alerts?

It's certainly big news for Red, Brown and Purple riders. So why no mention? (Maybe they don't want KevinB to have to eat his words????)

Did someone drop the ball with this big announcement? Or did I miss mention of it somewhere?

Why would that be a big announcement, HBR? The CTA has stated for months that the three-tracking would be over by the end of the year. It is almost the end of the year so you would expect the tracks would start to be opening now. I'm not a big fan of people making "big announcements" about things that are expected based on what already has been announced.

MK -
I think I choose my words poorly. I didn't mean "big announcement" like one of Ron's overblown media events or a grand opening. I do think it merits a mention on the home page of the web site or at least in the customer alert page. Yes, we knew it was going to happen, and probably even before thanksgiving, but the exact day was still unknown. Now it's here. Of course the big news will be when they are completely done and Belmont is restored, also.

Maybe that will be as important as the free rides for military, bus service enhancements, Ron's presentation to the City Club, and the CTA and Pace 7-day pass that currently get front billing. (When was the City Club presentation? May??)

Update to my last post -
Well, it might not have been important enough to post where the customers will easily see it, but I see that the CTA did at least announce that the 3-track is over at Fullerton. It's on the press release page which, I admit, isn't usually the first place I look. And the completion is featured prominently on the Brown Line web site. So maybe I have to scale my criticism back -- a little. Maybe they assume anyone who is interested in three-track is monitoring that site and it doesn't merit mention on the agency's home site?

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