Celebrate New Year’s Eve Safely, Conveniently and Affordably: CTA Offers FREE Rides and Extra Service December 31st

December 27, 2018

Additional bus service also provided for various sporting events 

NOTE: CTA bus and rail service will operate on a Sunday/Holiday schedule Tues. Jan. 1, New Year’s Day

CTA will provide free rides from 10 p.m. Monday, December 31 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, January 1 courtesy of sponsor Miller Lite. More travel details are available at transitchicago.com/alerts.

For customers traveling to and from events around Chicago this New Year’s Eve outside the free ride period, the CTA recommends purchasing fares in advance, which will decrease travel times and avoid long lines at rail station vending machines. Customers can add  unlimited ride passes (1-day, 3-day, 7-day and 30-day) or add money to pay per-ride to their Ventra cards ahead of time via the free Ventra app, at rail station Ventra vending machines, online or at more than 1,000 local retailers (for locations visit ventrachicago.com or the Ventra app).

Customers can also pay their fares with their personal contactless debit or credit cards and add value to their accounts by using the Ventra App, available for free download via www.ventrachicago.com, the App Store and Google Play.

Event service/extra service
Fireworks Show at Navy Pier – Mon. 12/31 at Midnight
Extra service will be provided leading up to and following the fireworks event

  • Bus: #4 Cottage Grove, #6 Jackson Park Express, #22 Clark, #29 State, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago, #124 Navy Pier and #151 Sheridan 
  • Rail:
    • Longer trains on Brown, Blue, Orange, Green and Purple lines
    • More frequent service on Red and Blue lines
    • Longer hours on Green, Yellow, Brown, Orange and Purple lines

United Center
Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks - Thurs. 12/27 at 7:30 p.m.
Harlem Globetrotters - Fri. 12/28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
WWE Live Holiday Tour - Sat. 12/29 at 7:30 p.m.
Orlando Magic vs. Chicago Bulls – Wed. 1/2 at 7 p.m.

  • Bus: Extra service on #19 United Center Express and #50 Damen

Stay in the Loop on CTA Service
Plan your trip using the Google Transit Trip Planner. Be sure to also check out CTA on Facebook or Twitter (@CTA) for system travel updates and alerts. For details about all CTA service, call 312-836-7000 or visit the CTA website at transitchicago.com.

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