CTA is the Way to Go for Fans Attending Weekend Festivities

August 4, 2010

CTA bus and rail service is a convenient and affordable option this weekend to get to events throughout the city including Lollapalooza in Grant Park, Chicago Bears Family Day at Soldier Field and the Cincinnati Reds versus the Cubs games at Wrigley Field.
Longer trains will operate Friday and Saturday on the Brown, Green and Orange lines until 11 p.m. and on Sunday longer trains and more frequent service will operate along those lines until midnight.
Longer trains and more frequent service will operate on the Blue and Red lines until midnight all weekend.
More capacity will be provided on several bus routes serving Grant Park and Soldier Field.  Specific event service details are:


Fans are encouraged to take CTA when heading to Lollapalooza at Grant Park from Friday, August 6 through Sunday, August 8.  In addition to extra rail service, the CTA will provide extra bus service to accommodate concert-goers. 
To commemorate the popular weekend music festival, the CTA has issued a limited edition Lollapalooza 2010 farecard. The commemorative cards are currently available for as long as supplies last and are being dispensed from farecard vending machines at all CTA rail stations.
Bus Service:
The #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express bus route will have increased frequency of service from 9:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Buses will operate approximately every 10 minutes.

Jackson Closed for Lollapalooza Festival This Weekend:

Jackson and Balbo will be closed between Michigan and Lake Shore Drive over the weekend for the Lollapalooza festival in Grant Park.
Buses on the #2 Hyde Park Express, #6 Jackson Park Express, #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #14 Jeffery Express, #26 South Shore Express, #X28 Stony Island Express and #130 Museum Campus routes will be rerouted to adjacent streets. Customers should allow extra travel time.

Bears Family Night

Fans can take CTA for festivities at Soldier Field on Friday, August 6 for Bears Family Night.  Gates open at 5 p.m. and practice begins at 7 p.m.
The #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express bus route will increase the frequency of service between 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Buses will operate approximately every 10 minutes.
Hours of operation will be extended on the #130 Museum Campus route from 6 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. Buses will operate approximately every 12-15 minutes between Museum Campus and Washington/Clinton.
Customers also can travel to Soldier Field via Red, Orange or Green line trains and exit at Roosevelt. The station is located at Roosevelt and State, a few blocks west of the stadium.

Chicago Cubs versus Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field

Dusty Baker and the Cincinnati Reds visit the Cubs this weekend with game time at 1:20 p.m. on Friday, August 6 and Sunday, August 8 and at 12:05 p.m. on Saturday, August 7.
Fans heading to Wrigley Field can board Red Line trains 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.
Several CTA bus routes also provide convenient service directly to Wrigley Field:
  • #8 Halsted buses operate north on Halsted from 79th Street to Broadway/Waveland;
  • #22 Clark buses operate north through the Loop on Dearborn and south on Clark from Howard;
  • #152 Addison buses operate on Addison from Cumberland on the west to Lake Shore Drive on the east. Additional service will be provided on the #152 route as crowds warrant, starting approximately two hours before game time and operating until one hour after games end;
  • The #154 Wrigley Field Express buses operate for night and weekend games for fans who wish to combine driving and public transit to travel to the games. #154 buses provide direct service to Wrigley Field from parking lots at DeVry University on Rockwell, a quarter-mile west of Western and a quarter-mile south of Addison. Service begins three hours before each game and runs until one hour after night games end, and two hours after weekend games end. A $6 fee includes parking at DeVry and round-trip bus transit for a carload of fans.
  • In addition, customers who do not park at DeVry but wish to ride to Wrigley Field will be able to board the bus and travel to the ballpark by paying for a round trip regular CTA bus fare. Bus customers who use CTA fare media pay $2.00 for each way (total $4 roundtrip). For customers who pay cash, the fare is $2.25 ($4.50 roundtrip). 

Park & Ride Facilities

To avoid traffic congestion, customers can combine the convenience of driving with the economical savings of public transit by using CTA Park & Ride facilities. Parking is available for approximately 6,000 cars at CTA’s 17 Park & Ride facilities, mainly at rail terminals, throughout the CTA system. 
Park & Ride stations are listed on CTA’s system map and on the CTA’s Web site at www.transitchicago.com. Customers may also obtain information on Park & Ride facilities by calling 836-7000 from any local area code. 

CTA Fare Information

Bus customers who use CTA fare media pay $2.00 to ride. For rail customers or customers who pay cash on the bus, the fare is $2.25. Customers who use CTA fare media may transfer for a 25 cent fee. Transfers are not available for customers paying fares in cash.
For details about all CTA service, call 836-7000 (all local area codes) or visit the CTA website at www.transitchicago.com.
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