Escalator work to shut Harrison entrance for months; other weekend work

South Loop Red Line riders will have to board the Harrison stop even further
south at Polk Street starting Monday, May 11, when the Harrison entrance closes
so the CTA can replace the escalator.

The work will extend into October. And it will give college and Jones College
Prep kids a little more exercise. Read the CTA release for details about this and how it’s part
of a greater “escalator modernization project.”

Blue Line subway closure. Slow zone work will shut the Blue Line tunnel this weekend from Clark/Lake to
Western/Milwaukee, starting at 10 pm Friday through 4 am Monday, May 11. Bus
shuttles will stop at all stations in between. Needless to say, “customers are
advised to allow extra travel time.”

A short list of bus reroutes and train changes can be found at the weekend
service changes page.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms!


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  • I didn't know about the construction on the Blue Line, so I got on at Jeff Park Sunday afternoon expecting to be downtown in 20-some minutes. Then they announced that we would have to take a shuttle bus at Western.

    Fortunately, it was a very smooth process getting off the L and boarding one of the three waiting buses. We were at Clark/Lake within 10 minutes, and everyone seemed to take it in stride.

    Then again, it was a Sunday afternoon and Mother's Day at that--so traffic was pretty light on the surface streets.

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