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Northbound Red Line Trains Will Run Express From Sheridan To Howard This Weekend

By Mae Rice in News on Mar 17, 2016 4:20PM

Photo credit: Stephanie Barto

This weekend, northbound Red Line trains will run express from Sheridan to Howard, and the Blue Line's Addison stop will be closed.

The Red Line service change is to accommodate continuing construction on the Wilson Station renovations, which crews will work on from 10 p.m. Friday through 4 a.m. Monday. (Ultimately, the $203 million Wilson renovations, started in 2014, will update the almost century-old station into a swank transfer point between the red and purple lines.)

Southbound Red Line trains will be unaffected by the construction, and northbound riders can take alternate transportation to stops the express route will skip: the 24-hour Clark bus (#22) or on the Sheridan bus (#151). (Though the Sheridan bus doesn’t usually run overnight, it will this weekend.)

The less-invasive Addison Blue Line station closure will run for the same hours as the Red Line construction: 10 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday. Trains to and from O’Hare will skip the station for the weekend, and the CTA will provide a free shuttle bus from the Belmont station to the Addison one for the duration of the closure.

Forest Park-bound Blue Line trains will skip the Addison station until April 5, though, as crews renovate it as part of the city’s Your New Blue initiative. Improvements they plan to add to the station include an elevator, which will make Addison wheelchair accessible.