CTA AND CHICAGO CUBS PARTNER TO EXPAND SERVICE ON #154 WRIGLEY FIELD EXPRESS

April 14, 2004
4/14/04

The Chicago Transit Authority and the Chicago Cubs today entered into a six-year agreement that expands #154 Wrigley Field Express bus service to include weekend and holiday games, in addition to the traditional night game service. Under the new agreement, the Cubs will subsidize the cost of operating the service. As a result of the expanded service, the fee to transport a carload of fans is $6, which includes the free shuttle to Wrigley Field. The new weekend service will begin operation on Saturday, April 17.

Since August 1988, the service was subsidized by the City of Chicago. The City of Chicago and the Chicago Cubs recently reached an agreement to allow additional night games at Wrigley Field. As part of that agreement, the Cubs organization agreed to pay the CTA for the cost of expanded bus service on the #154 Wrigley Field Express. The $6 fee will go to the Chicago Cubs. The Chicago Transit Board approved the agreement at its monthly meeting.

?The subsidized service will benefit Cubs fans by providing additional transit choices and improving travel times, as well as helping to reduce congestion in the neighborhoods surrounding Wrigley Field," said Chicago Transit Board Chairman Carole Brown.

#154 Wrigley Field Express buses provide direct service to Wrigley Field from parking lots at DeVry University on Rockwell just west of Western, for fans who prefer to drive part of the way to the games. Service begins three hours before each game and runs until one hour after night games end, and two hours after weekend and holiday games end. A $6 fee includes parking at DeVry and round-trip bus transit for a carload of fans.

?Expanding service on the #154 demonstrates the CTA's commitment to meeting the needs of customers," said CTA President Frank Kruesi. ?This is one of the great bargains in transit. In addition to helping fans save money on gasoline and parking, it provides a comfortable and convenient way to get to the ballpark."

Information on all CTA service can be found by calling 836-7000 from any local area code or on the web site at www.transitchicago.com.

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