"This is only a test!" Emergency exercise to shut Washington Blue Line stop, nearby bus routes

Do not be alarmed! And for gosh sakes, do not self-evacuate!

As part of a emergency preparedness exercise, the CTA will close the Washington Blue Line station from 9:30 pm Wednesday (May 20) till 5:30 am Thursday. Eight bus routes also will be detoured in the area of the emergency test -- Washington Street between Clark and State, and Dearborn Street between Randolph
and Madison. That area also will be shut at the same time to traffic and pedestrians.

Blue Line trains will continue to run through the area, but bypass Washington station during that time.

Certainly the Blue Line tunnel has been the focus of various real CTA emergencies in recent years. But this one will be for "simulation purposes only." We could all use the practice.

Click on the continuation for bus routes affected.

From the CTA Web site release:

Northbound #22 Clark, #24 Wentworth, #36
Broadway and #62 Archer buses will travel over their regular routes along
Dearborn to Monroe then will operate via Monroe, State, Randolph to Dearborn and
then resume their regular routes. Southbound #22, #24, #36 and #62 buses are not
affected and will travel their regular routes.

Eastbound #20 Madison, #56 Milwaukee, #60 Blue
Island/26th and #124 Navy Pier buses will operate over their regular
routes along Washington to Clark then will travel via Clark, Monroe, State to
Washington and then resume their regular routes. Westbound #20, #56, #60 and
124 buses are not affected and will travel their regular routes.

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