First Blue Line track closures set for this weekend

The first track closures for the Your New Blue track and station improvement program begin this weekend, affecting service between Western and Logan Square.

Blue Line station closures 1There 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.


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  • thanks for your sharing.

  • Saw the yellow printouts announcing this at Clark & Lake around 2pm yesterday. Not thrilled, but oh well. I did some searching around and I think the next major weekend closing of the Blue Line will be 04/04-04/05 - so every two weeks or so? Does anyone know where to find the full schedule of Blue Line station closings this year?

  • In reply to johnpseudonym:

    Oh, never mind. Found it. Need more coffee.

  • In reply to johnpseudonym:

    I find that one always needs more coffee. :-)

  • I thought when they closed the Red Line for 5 months it was going to be unpleasant until I realized this is the same thing but it will take 4 long years until completion. YIKES! Those 5 months now look like a cakewalk.

    I'm looking on the bright side. The CTA will have shuttle buses, FREE shuttle buses to and from those destinations. Save that money in a separate piggy bank and you'll see just how much you saved that way. That could be a project for the next 4 years just by itself.

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