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Escalator work to shut Harrison entrance for months; other weekend work

South Loop Red Line riders will have to board the Harrison stop even further south at Polk Street starting Monday, May 11, when the Harrison entrance closes so the CTA can replace the escalator.

The work will extend into October. And it will give college and Jones College Prep kids a little more exercise. Read the CTA release for details about this and how it's part of a greater "escalator modernization project."

Blue Line subway closure. Slow zone work will shut the Blue Line tunnel this weekend from Clark/Lake to Western/Milwaukee, starting at 10 pm Friday through 4 am Monday, May 11. Bus shuttles will stop at all stations in between. Needless to say, "customers are advised to allow extra travel time."

A short list of bus reroutes and train changes can be found at the weekend service changes page.

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms!

Comments

Couldn't they wait one more week for school to let out at Columbia before starting this work?

Will the trains at Harrison be stopping closer to the Polk St. entrance now?

Oh Reuben, you must be new here... That's not how they do things...

On a related note, I didn't know we had any escalators 70 years old. So, I looked it up on wikipedia and found out that there is such thing as a spiral escalator. How sweet would that be to ride?

The original escalators are from 1943.
So the oldest ones, if they are still used would be 66 years old.

repair=replace

"Couldn't they wait one more week for school to let out at Columbia before starting this work?"

The CTA is giving students a great opportunity to work on their beach bodies before school's out!

Jonathan, that's a great question...I sure hope so.

I'm confused, though: if they're replacing the escalator, why is the Polk entrance closed this week?

I tried getting on that blue line shuttle last week, at Chicago ave. After watching three shuttles fly by without even stopping, because they were overflowing....I took a cab the rest of the way downtown.

Yeah, and if I remember right, the spiral escalator lasted less than a day.

There's a curved escalator at the Nordstroms on Market Street in SF though.

There are also spiral escalators in the mall at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.

also a spiral escalator at the Wynn in Las Vegas

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The CTA is giving students a great opportunity to work on their beach bodies before school's out!
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It is finals week at an art school. God knows the heavy and awkward things that students will be carrying around.

Seems like an awfully long time to replace an escalator, doesn't it?

Hey Hey, none of us our escalator specialists here. Leave it to the experts to decide how long it takes.

Thank god the WA one is open now. That was getting annoying dodging around portly fellows

I've always wondered why the CTA doesn't totally remove the escalator to a warehouse next to their shop & rebuild it there.
In previous lengthy rebuilds, their claim has been since the escalator was so old that parts weren't available for them anymore so they had to be custom made at the shop.
Well if the escalator was next to the shop for the time, there wouldn't be any traveling time required.
And since most of them in State St. & Dearborn St. subways are identical, why not just keep one extra around & have a schedule where one is out for rehab at a time, all the time. I've seen escalators on private property replaced in a couple of weeks.

We may not be experts, but it would still be nice to know why it takes months to replace an escalator.

Though that's kind of a stupid question -- in this town, it always takes twice as long to do half the work.

A failed attempt;

http://underground-history.co.uk/hiddenbits.php

At the bottom of the page is a failed spiral escalator.

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