Loop track work, Red Line north improvements continue this weekend

The CTA continues its efforts this weekend to improve slow zones on the Loop elevated tracks and at the north end of the Red Line. All this information can be found at the CTA's Weekend Service Changes page.

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.

95th-bound Trains Bypass Morse and Loyola Stations

95th-bound trains will not stop at Morse or Loyola stations. For service to these stations, take a 95th-bound train to Granville and transfer to a Howard-bound train. For service from these stations, take a Howard-bound train to Howard and transfer to a 95th-bound train.

Allow extra travel time.  Trust me, you'll need it.

Jarvis Station Temporary Closure

Jarvis station is the last of the seven north Red Line station closing for rehab. It will be closed from 10 p.m. Thursday till Dec. 13. This is the first time since the Red North project started in June that three stations will be closed simultaneously. Lawrence and Berwyn also are closed for renovation.

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  • So, I took a Red Line train to Howard on Sunday, planning to transfer to a Purple to complete my trip to Evanston.

    As the Red Line train pulled in to Howard, they gave the usual announcement that there was a Purple Line train waiting, but stated that it was on the opposite side today. (Not the usual, apparently due to the weekend track work.) There was also signage on the platform telling us we had to go up and cross over and come back down the stairs to catch our train. Good. Somebody had been thinking about actually informing the passengers of this fact.

    But apparently the motorman of the Purple Line train hadn't been told about this. Guess he didn't notice the Red Line train pulling into the station. Guess he didn't hear the announcement that people were to be crossing over to board his train. Nope. Or at least he didn't care all that much.

    A bunch of would-be transferees hustled over immediately, only to hear "all aboard" as they dashed down the stairs. I was fortunately in the front of the pack. The Purple Line train shut its doors right in my face. @#$%!&*%! I pried the doors open anyway and got on.

    They never run out of ways to mistreat passengers, do they?

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