Track work forces Brown Line trains underground through weekend

SHARE Track work forces Brown Line trains underground through weekend
SHARE Track work forces Brown Line trains underground through weekend

Some Brown Line trains will operate underground this weekend as CTA crews work on the two-mile stretch between the Armitage and Merchandise Mart stops.

The reroute began 8 p.m. Friday and will last through 1:30 a.m. Monday, according to the CTA.

Brown Line trains will run in both directions on Red Line tracks between North/Clybourn and Roosevelt, the CTA said. Trains will operate normally between the Kimball and Fullerton stops.

Riders can take free shuttle buses in both directions between Fullerton and Clark/Lake. Also, a shuttle train will run around the Loop for connections to Brown Line trains running underground and the shuttle buses at Clark/Lake.

Crews are replacing old rails and ties on the Ravenswood Connector, or the tracks between the Armitage and Merchandise Mart stops, the CTA said.

The goal of the $90 million rehab project is to eliminate slow zones on the Purple Express and Brown lines.

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