CITY OFFICIALS / CUBS GO TO BAT FOR PUBLIC TRANSIT

April 5, 2003
4/5/03

ENCOURAGE CUB FANS TO TAKE CTA TO WRIGLEY FIELD

Initiated by 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney, the CTA, the city and the Chicago Cubs came together today to encourage baseball fans to use Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains for trips to Wrigley Field. With the Cubs? home opener scheduled for Monday, Alderman Tunney, Department of Environment Commissioner Marcia Jimenez, Cubs Executive Vice President Mark McGuire and CTA Executive Vice President Dorval Carter gathered at the ballpark to emphasize the importance of public transportation.

?Residents and business owners in Wrigleyville welcome the start of a new Cubs season but strongly encourage Cub fans to get to Wrigley by way of CTA," said Alderman Tom Tunney of the 44th Ward. ?The fewer cars on the streets, the less congestion and the more pleasant game days will be for all involved."

?The Chicago Transit Authority offers the easiest, most convenient and affordable option for getting to Wrigley Field," said Dorval Carter. ?Taking the CTA reduces traffic congestion and automobile exhaust, and saves money on parking and gasoline."

Cub fans can access Wrigley Field from the CTA's Red Line and southbound Purple Line Express trains and from four CTA bus routes ? the # 8 Halsted, the #22 Clark, the #152 Addison, and the #154 Wrigley Field Express.

CTA's Red Line carries fans above the congestion that snarls traffic in Wrigleyville whenever the Cubs play ball. Trains stop within fly ball distance of the friendly confines at the fully accessible Addison station. Fans can change to Red Line trains from all other 'L' lines and from most east-west bus routes. Trips to Addison take less than 20 minutes from stations in the State Street subway downtown, or from Howard, where fans can connect from Purple or Yellow Line trains serving the northern suburbs.

Additional service will be provided for the16 Cubs games that will be played on weeknights starting April 14. For those games, southbound Purple Line Express trains will stop at Addison on their way downtown from Linden. On the same nights, Yellow Line trains will operate two hours later for fans who may wish to use the more than 700 parking spaces that are available at the Dempster/Skokie Yellow Line station and ride CTA to complete their trips.

For other fans who may prefer to drive part of the way to Wrigley Field for night games, #154 Wrigley Field Express buses provide direct service to Wrigley Field from parking lots at Devry Institute on Rockwell just west of Western, beginning two hours before each game and running until one hour after. A $5 fee includes parking at Devry and round-trip bus transit for a carload of fans.

Wrigley Field also is served by accessible #8 Halsted buses that operate north on Halsted from 79th Street to Broadway/Waveland and #22 Clark buses that operate north through the Loop on Dearborn and south on Clark from Howard, and by #152 Addison buses that run east and west on Addison.

For details about all CTA service, call 836-7000 (all local area codes) or visit the CTA web site at www.transitchicago.com.

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