Daley: Don't avoid public transit because of flu, despite what Biden says

One expert at saying one thing and meaning another was correcting his counterpart Thursday on whether public transit customers should avoid trains for fear of contracting swine flu.

Yes, it was Mayor Daley calling "balderdash" on Vice President Joe Biden's assertion that people should stay away from subways: "I would not be at this point, if they had another way of transportation, suggesting they ride the subway."

The White House insists Biden meant that sick people should avoid the subways. But Daley wanted to make sure we use common sense -- and the subway:

"We all have to get to work. I mean, we'd be staying out of our cars. We'd be staying out of subways, out of elevators - how about elevators? No, no, no. You have to remember - we have to ... use some common sense."


Blue and Red Line weekend subway work: The CTA warns of track work in both subways this weekend.

"CTA will suspend rail service in the Blue Line Dearborn subway from Clark/Lake to Western/Milwaukee starting at 10 p.m. Friday, May 1 until 4 a.m. Monday, May 4 due to track replacement work. Bus shuttles will operate as a substitute for rail service making stops at Western/Milwaukee, Damen, Division, Chicago, Grand and Clark/Lake.

Red Line trains will be rerouted from the subway to the elevated structure in one direction only on Friday night and again on Saturday night this weekend. 

Convoluted details here. And check it out if you're planning any nighttime jaunts on either line.

May Day parade Friday to cause intermittent delays. The CTA also is warning that a number of bus lines could experience inermittent delays. "The rally will step-off at 11 a.m. from Union Park at the intersection of Washington/Ashland and will disband at the Dirksen Federal Plaza on Dearborn at Jackson.  The following routes are expected to be detoured to adjacent streets:"

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#1 Indiana/Hyde Park

#7 Harrison

#8 Halsted

#9 Ashland

#11 Lincoln/Sedgwick

#14 Jeffery Express

#20 Madison

#X20 Washington/Madison Express

#22 Clark

#24 Wentworth

#26 South Shore Express

#X28 Stony Island Express

#38 Ogden/Taylor

#56 Milwaukee

#60 Blue Island/26th

#62 Archer

#121 Union/Wacker Express

#123 Illinois Center/Union Express

#124 Navy Pier

#125 Water Tower Express

#126 Jackson

#129 West Loop/South Loop

#132 Goose Island Express

#134 Stockton/LaSalle Express

#135 Clarendon/LaSalle Express

#136 Sheridan/LaSalle Express

#144 Marine/Michigan Express

#148 Clarendon/Michigan Express

#151 Sheridan

#156 LaSalle

#157 Streeterville

#173 U of C/Lakeview Express

#192 U of C Hospitals Express

"CTA will have extra personnel available on the system as needed to assist
customers with rolling reroutes as the parade makes its ways through the

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