CTA services changes for Chicago Marathon

Some readers have been asking, and finally the CTA has announced the service changes and plans to accommodate thousands of Chicago Marathon runners, friends and family on Sunday.  The CTA has a special page devoted to the marathon. Plus read its regular weekend service changes report.

General notes:

CTA recommends customers attending the marathon purchase their farecards or Visitor Passes in advance with enough value for their return trips later in the day.  This will help to decrease travel time and reduce lines.

CTA personnel will be on duty at select stations along the Blue, Red, Green, Brown, Pink and Orange lines and at major bus stops to assist customers and to provide travel information.

Bus service changes

CTA will operate earlier service on the #3 King Drive bus route between McCormick Place and Chicago/Mies van der Rohe from 5:30 a.m. to 8:05 a.m. to accommodate runners and spectators.

During the course of the race, there will be intermittent reroutes along several CTA bus routes.  The affected routes are:

#3 King Drive                                                                   #56 Milwaukee

#4 Cottage Grove                                                             #60 Blue Island/26th

#6 Jackson Park Express                                                  #62 Archer

#8 Halsted                                                                       #65 Grand

#9 Ashland                                                                       #66 Chicago

#10 Museum of Science & Industry                                   #70 Division

#11 Lincoln/Sedgwick                                                       #72 North

#12 Roosevelt                                                                  #73 Armitage

#14 Jeffery Express                                                         #74 Fullerton

#18 16th/18th                                                                   #76 Diversey

#20 Madison                                                                    #77 Belmont

#21 Cermak                                                                      #124 Navy Pier

#22 Clark                                                                          #126 Jackson

#29 State                                                                         #145 Wilson/Michigan Express

#35 35th                                                                           #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express

#36 Broadway                                                                  #147 Outer Drive Express

#44 Wallace/Racine                                                          #151 Sheridan

#50 Damen                                                                      #152 Addison

Reroutes can be expected in the downtown area from 6:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.; on the North Side from 6:30 a.m. until noon; on the West Side from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.; and on the South Side from 6:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.  All times are approximate and detours will be determined by Chicago Police and CTA supervisory personnel.

Rail service changes

Blue, Orange, Pink and Red Lines

Longer trains will operate on each rail line during marathon hours. More frequent service will operate on the Red Line.

Brown Line

Brown Line service into the Loop will begin earlier than normal, with the first train departing Kimball at 5 a.m., providing service to downtown.  Longer trains will operate during marathon hours.

Green Line

Green Line service will begin earlier than normal, with the first trains departing from Harlem/Lake at 5:30 a.m., 63rd/Ashland at 5:20 a.m. and 63rd/Cottage Grove at5:40 a.m.  Longer trains will operate during marathon hours.

Orange Line

Orange Line service will begin at its regular Sunday start time; however, longer trains will begin operation at 5:30 a.m. from Midway.

Purple Line

Purple Line service will begin earlier than normal, with the first train departing from Linden at 5:30 a.m., providing service to Howard where customers can transfer to the Red Line for service to downtown.

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