CTA is the Convenient and Affordable Travel Option for Those Attending 2017 Chicago Women's March

January 19, 2017

The Chicago Transit Authority will increase capacity on four rail lines to accommodate those attending the 2017 Chicago Women’s March and Rally on Saturday, January 21. Participants will assemble in Grant Park. Separately, CTA is providing extra service for upcoming events at the United Center.


Rail: Longer trains will operate on the Blue, Brown, Green and Orange Lines on Saturday from 5 a.m. until 3 p.m.


Bus: Bus service in the vicinity may be affected with intermittent reroutes or delays related to street closures. Customers should allow extra travel time when heading to/from these events. For the most up-to-date information on CTA service, visit: transitchicago.com/alerts.


Note: Due to street closures, reroutes and traffic congestion, the estimated arrival times for buses operating in the vicinity of the march route may not be accurately reflected on CTA Bus Tracker.

United Center Events

The CTA will operate the #19 United Center Express for customers attending the upcoming events at the United Center:

  • Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Sacramento Kings
  • Sunday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks
  • Monday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. – Kings of Leon
  • Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks
  • Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. Winnipeg Jets
  • Friday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat

Bus Service:

#19 United Center Express buses will leave from Michigan and Randolph beginning approximately 1.5 hours before the start of each event.

After each event, #19 buses will operate for approximately one hour and await customers on the north side of the United Center eastbound on Madison near Gate 3.

Rail Service:

CTA’s Ashland/Lake station, served by the Green and Pink lines, is located a few blocks northeast of the United Center. Customers exiting at the station can transfer to #9 Ashland buses or simply walk a few blocks to the stadium.

Customers taking the Blue Line can get to the United Center by exiting at the Illinois Medical District station and walking a few blocks north to the United Center.


The CTA recommends that customers purchase fares in advance to decrease travel times and avoid long lines at rail station vending machines.

Customers can load ahead of time transit value or unlimited ride passes (1-day, 3-day, 7-day and 30-day) to their Ventra fare cards via the free Ventra app, at rail stations, online or at nearly 1,300 local retailers (for locations available or to download the app, visit ventrachicago.com).

Other ways to pay fares include purchasing from CTA vending machines 1-day unlimited ride tickets ($10) or single-ride tickets ($3) that offer up to two transfers within two hours. Customers can also pay their fares with contactless bankcards and mobile wallets.

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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