December 9, 1999

All buses on CTA's #77 Belmont route will serve the Chicago Academy of Sciences' new Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum on Cannon Drive at Fullerton in Lincoln Park during regular museum hours, beginning Sunday, December 12. CTA has been operating a shuttle service between the museum and the Red and Brown Line 'L' station at Belmont since the museum opened in October.

Extending the #77 Belmont route will provide frequent service from the 'L' not only to the to the museum and nearby Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory, but also to the many residential buildings on Belmont east of Halsted and along Lake Shore and Sheridan between Belmont and Diversey. Several #77 buses currently end their trips at Halsted. Others operate to Lake Shore and Diversey. All #77 buses are accessible to customers with disabilities.

Parking is at a premium in the Lincoln Park area, so to encourage the use of public transportation, the museum built an off-street bus turnaround, allowing passengers to board and alight buses at the museum entrance away from traffic on Cannon Drive. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., except on Wednesdays, when it remains open until 8 p.m. At other times #77 buses will continue to end their trips at Lake Shore/Diversey or at Halsted.

Although #77 Belmont buses offer the only direct connection to the 'L,' other buses operating north and south along Stockton Drive also serve the museum. Daily service is provided by #151 Sheridan buses, and weekdays by #156 LaSalle buses using Stockton Drive. Buses on the #145 Wilson/Michigan and #146 Marine-Michigan routes serve the museum from Stockton on Sundays.

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