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Late Night O’Hare-Bound Blue Line Trains Still Running, Despite Social Media Confusion

Trains to O'Hare are in service all night, contrary to a quickly spreading Facebook post, a CTA spokesperson said.

Passengers board a Forest Park-bound CTA Blue Line train at O’Hare International Airport on April 4, 2022.
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O’HARE — Blue Line trains are still running to O’Hare all night, officials said, debunking misinformation circulating on social media recently.

At a recent Ask CTA event at the Jefferson Park transit center, agency spokespeople answered questions from residents, received updates on station improvements and learned more about the agency’s efforts to address crime and “unruly behavior” on trains.

In a Facebook post recapping the event, representatives from the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce said they were told O’Hare-bound trains stopped running after 11 p.m. “due to concerns about homeless individuals.” The post also claimed shuttle buses were available to riders who showed a boarding pass or airport employee’s ID.

The post, which was shared on numerous social media pages, received backlash from residents questioning the reasoning for the change.

But a CTA spokesperson said Tuesday the information is “completely untrue.”

“There is no disruption of service to O’Hare Airport — Blue Line trains continue to run 24 hours a day,” CTA officials said.

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Trains continue to run to O’Hare every night, but overnight trains from the airport station to Rosemont have been halted for more than two years so crews can clean the trains before they go back into service, according to the spokesperson and a travel alert on the CTA website.

Trains arriving at O’Hare are exit-only every night midnight-4 a.m., according to the alert. Shuttle buses run from O’Hare to Rosemont every 15 minutes during those hours.

Contrary to what the chamber posted, no boarding pass or airport worker ID is needed for the shuttle, only a standard Ventra card, CTA officials said.

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