The CTA began track work in the 49th Ward this week to remove slow zones and improve rail service on the Purple Line. Work started at the south end of the ward and will proceed north to Jarvis.
As I reported in an email last July, the work is part of a $30 million upgrade to the Purple Line Express that will improve travel times and provide smoother and more reliable service to Purple Line commuters, including 49th Ward residents who board the Purple Line at Howard.
To minimize impact to customers, the CTA will perform the track upgrade work during evenings. The work hours will be nightly from 9:00 p.m. till 4:00 a.m. Noise may include:
• Heavy truck traffic
• Engine noise from diesel track maintenance equipment
• Beeping from backup alarms on track maintenance equipment
Strong lights also will illuminate the tracks. Streets and other paths under the tracks to enter garages, parking lots, etc., via the alley will remain open. The work is scheduled to be completed by Friday, October 9th.
On next Monday and Tuesday only (September 21st and 22nd), east-west Sheridan Road traffic near the CTA viaduct (1100-1130 W. Sheridan) will be reduced to one lane in both directions from 8:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. Motorists who travel during those time are encouraged use either Broadway or Clark Street as an alternative.
I will continue to let you know via email when the CTA work will impact the 49th Ward. In the meantime, visit the CTA’s Red Line and Purple Line pages for current and upcoming service alerts, or subscribe to planned weekend service changes from CTA Updates to have advance notice of work e-mailed to you.