The first track closures for the Your New Blue track and station improvement program begin this weekend, affecting service between Western and Logan Square.
There will be no rail service on the Blue between Western and Logan Square starting at 10 p.m. Friday through 4 a.m. Monday. Free shuttle buses will stop at each station affected by the track closure - Western, California and Logan Square - to pick up and drop off passengers.
Some of the weekend work will also require temporary street closures and parking restrictions near the elevated structure. For this weekend, there will be an overnight closure of Fullerton and Sacramento Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and intermittent, alternating daytime closures of Fullerton and Sacramento on Saturday and Sunday.
The CTA strongly urges riders to allow extra travel time when using the Blue Line O’Hare branch this weekend.
The track work includes replacing wooden rail ties, tie plates and other track materials on the Milwaukee elevated track structure between the Damen and Logan Square stops—a section of line that opened in 1895 and still sits on the original structure. That work will require 10 temporary, weekend-only closures of small sections of the Blue Line, tentatively scheduled between March and August. The next track closure, between Western and Damen, is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Friday, April 4, through 4 a.m. Monday, April 7.
Your New Blue is a $492 million project to fix slow zones and improve stations between the Grand and O'Hare stations on the Blue Line.