Some readers have been asking, and finally the CTA has announced the service changes and plans to accommodate thousands of Chicago Marathon runners, friends and family on Sunday. The CTA has a special page devoted to the marathon. Plus read its regular weekend service changes report.
CTA recommends customers attending the marathon purchase their farecards or Visitor Passes in advance with enough value for their return trips later in the day. This will help to decrease travel time and reduce lines.
CTA personnel will be on duty at select stations along the Blue, Red, Green, Brown, Pink and Orange lines and at major bus stops to assist customers and to provide travel information.
Bus service changes
CTA will operate earlier service on the #3 King Drive bus route between McCormick Place and Chicago/Mies van der Rohe from 5:30 a.m. to 8:05 a.m. to accommodate runners and spectators.
During the course of the race, there will be intermittent reroutes along several CTA bus routes. The affected routes are:
#3 King Drive
#4 Cottage Grove
#6 Jackson Park Express
#10 Museum of Science & Industry
#14 Jeffery Express
Reroutes can be expected in the downtown area from 6:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.; on the North Side from 6:30 a.m. until noon; on the West Side from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.; and on the South Side from 6:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. All times are approximate and detours will be determined by Chicago Police and CTA supervisory personnel.
Rail service changes
Blue, Orange, Pink and Red Lines
Longer trains will operate on each rail line during marathon hours. More frequent service will operate on the Red Line.
Brown Line service into the Loop will begin earlier than normal, with the first train departing Kimball at 5 a.m., providing service to downtown. Longer trains will operate during marathon hours.
Green Line service will begin earlier than normal, with the first trains departing from Harlem/Lake at 5:30 a.m., 63rd/Ashland at 5:20 a.m. and 63rd/Cottage Grove at5:40 a.m. Longer trains will operate during marathon hours.
Orange Line service will begin at its regular Sunday start time; however, longer trains will begin operation at 5:30 a.m. from Midway.
Purple Line service will begin earlier than normal, with the first train departing from Linden at 5:30 a.m., providing service to Howard where customers can transfer to the Red Line for service to downtown.