CTA to Conduct Purple Line Express Pilot Program June 1 - July 10

Posted on Thursday May 28, 2015 in CTA, Economic Development, Purple Line, Transportation

The CTA and the City of Evanston will conduct a six-week pilot program from Monday, June 1 through Friday, July 10 to test an additional weekday evening round-trip Purple Line Express train between Linden and the Loop.

The train will depart from Linden southbound at approximately 7:58 p.m. and make all regular Purple Line Express stops between Linden and the Loop and back. The train will depart the Davis station at approximately 8:05 p.m. Scheduled departure times include:

  • Linden - 7:58 p.m.
  • Davis - 8:05 p.m.
  • Howard - 8:12 p.m.
  • Belmont - 8:29 p.m.
  • Fullerton - 8:34 p.m.
  • Clark/Lake - 8:48 p.m.
  • Adams/Wabash - 8:54 p.m.
  • Washington/Wells - 9:00 p.m.
  • Fullerton - 9:15 p.m.
  • Belmont - 9:20 p.m.
  • Howard - 9:37 p.m.
  • Davis - 9:44 p.m.
  • Linden - 9:50 p.m. (arrive)

Note: The train will run express southbound and northbound between the Howard and Belmont stations.

In order to maintain service beyond the pilot program, the CTA estimates that 468 round-trip weekday riders are needed. The CTA is expected to make an official count of Purple Line Express pilot program riders on the train cars on Thursday, June 25.

To encourage Evanston residents and commuters to take advantage of the extended Purple Line Express train, the City and Downtown Evanston have teamed up with local businesses and organizations to plan a number of restaurant promotions and events throughout the pilot program. Activities include It’s Thursday, Let’s Dance! events, a Wine Walk, Scavenger Hunt and more.

Residents can sign up to receive text message notifications alerting them 20 minutes prior to when the last southbound Purple Line Express train is scheduled to leave Davis Street. To sign up, visit cityofevanston.org/newsletter or text COE PURPLE to 468311.

For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.