Weekend delays likely on Brown Line as Ravenswood Connector work continues

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Work on the CTA’s Ravenswood Connector Rehabilitation Project will continue this weekend, with Brown Line trains using the subways and likely causing delays for riders.

Once completed, the $90 million rehabilitation will provide smoother, more reliable rides for the more than 40,000 customers who ride Purple Line Express and Brown Line trains each weekday, according to a statement from the CTA.

On Friday, the last Loop-bound Brown Line train operating on the elevated tracks will depart the Fullerton station at 7:20 p.m., and depart Washington/Wells at 7:35 p.m. for the return trip to Kimball, the CTA said.

The first Brown Line train operating via the subway on Friday will depart Fullerton at 7:29 p.m. to Roosevelt, and the first Kimball-bound train will depart Roosevelt at 7:57 p.m.

Brown Line trains will operate normally between Kimball and Fullerton. Customers are encouraged to plan ahead and allow extra travel time.

For customers who wish to board or exit from the Armitage, Sedgwick, Chicago and Merchandise Mart Brown Line stations this weekend, free shuttle buses will operate in both directions between Fullerton and Clark/Lake, making stops at or near affected stations.

For customers in the downtown/Loop area, a shuttle train will operate around the Loop for connections to Brown Line service in the subway and free shuttle buses at Clark/Lake. Customers can board the shuttle train at any Loop elevated station from the Outer Loop platform, which is normally served by Brown Line trains.

The Ravenswood Loop Connector work will require four additional temporary, weekend-only reroutes of Brown Line trains to the Red Line subway, which are scheduled through fall 2015. Weather permitting, the next weekend reroute of Brown Line trains will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, until 4 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31.