The Argyle Red Line station will close at 11:59 p.m. Friday, marking the first time two stations will be closed simultaneously during the CTA's Red North Interim Station Improvement project. The Thorndale station closed last Friday.
To be sure, the CTA has been working at other stations since the $86 million project started in earnest in early June. This week crews have been toiling at Berwyn, Jarvis and Argyle. Keep up with all the action and contribute what you see at CTA Station Watch.
I didn't get a chance to take my usual "before" photos at Argyle, so I'm borrowing the photo here from Uptown Update, who dubbed Argyle a "Russian-bloc-era-looking" station.
To facilitate continued work this weekend, the CTA will bypass some stations going northbound, from 10 p.m.Friday to 4 a.m.Monday. Details from the CTA weekend alert:
Howard-bound trains will not stop at Wilson, Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, or Granville stations.
For service to these stations, take a Howard-bound train to the Loyola and transfer to a 95th-bound train.
For service from these stations, take a 95th-bound train to Sheridan and transfer to a Howard-bound train.
At Sheridan station, Howard-bound trains will stop at their normal platform, but board/exit trains on the outer tracks instead of the inner tracks.
Allow extra travel time.
Loop elevated service changes this weekend. The CTA continues its Loop track improvement project this weekend, also running from 10 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday:
Orange, Pink, Brown Line Trains Rerouted Downtown
Orange and Brown Lines: Trains will operate as one route, between Kimball and Midway, running in both directions via the Lake and Wabash sides of the Loop Elevated. Transfers to/from the Blue Line subway may be made at Clark/Lake and to/from the Red Line subway at State/Lake* or Roosevelt.
Pink Line: Trains will begin/end their trips at Roosevelt station, running in both directions via the Lake and Wabash sides of the Loop Elevated. Transfers to/from the Blue Line subway may be made at Clark/Lake and to/from the Red Line subway at State/Lake* or Roosevelt.Allow extra travel time.
Note: Green Line trains are not affected and will operate normally in both directions via Lake and Wabash.
*Farecard required for transfer at these stations.
Happy weekend travels!