CTA Brown Line rerouted this weekend as Ravenswood Connector project continues

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Trains on a portion of the CTA Brown Line will be rerouted to the Red Line subway this weekend as crews continue track work on a $90 million rehabilitation project.

Beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Brown Line trains in both directions between Armitage and the Loop will be rerouted to the subway, and will stop at all stations between North/Clybourn and Roosevelt, according to a CTA service alert. The work will also affect the new Purple Line Express service on Friday evening that is being added to weekday evenings as part of a six-week pilot.

Brown Line trains will operate normally between Kimball and Fullerton, the CTA said. Normal service will resume at 4 a.m. Monday.

The closure will allow crews to work on the $90 million Ravenswood Connector Rehabilitation Project, which aims to improve service for 40,000 riders of the Brown and Purple Express lines, according to the transit agency.

During the reroute, a free shuttle bus will operate in both directions between Fullerton and Clark/Lake to provide service to the Armitage, Sedgwick, Chicago and Merchandise Mart stations, the CTA said.

A shuttle train will also be in place around the Loop to connect riders to trains in the subway and shuttle buses.

The same reroutes will be in effect next weekend, with several additional weekends to be announced through the summer.

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