CTA Provides Convenient Bus and Rail Service for Venetian Night

July 26, 2007

The Chicago Transit Authority will provide extra bus and rail service on Saturday evening, July 28, to accommodate the anticipated increase in customers heading to the 50th Annual Venetian Night, the Grant Park Musical Festival at Millennium Park and the fireworks display at Monroe Harbor.

The free Grant Park Musical Festival concert begins at
6:30 p.m. at the Pritzker Pavilion just east of Randolph and Michigan. The Venetian Night parade of boats begins at
8:30 p.m. between the Shedd Aquarium and the Chicago Yacht Club at Monroe Harbor. Immediately following the parade, the fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m. and is visible along the lakefront from the Adler Planetarium to Navy Pier.

Bus Service
Starting in the late afternoon, more frequent bus service will be provided on the following routes serving downtown: #4 Cottage Grove, #29 State, #56 Milwaukee and #66 Chicago. Buses will operate approximately every eight minutes.

On the #14 Jeffery Express route, more frequent service will be provided for customers heading downtown and later service will be provided for spectators leaving downtown in the evening. Southbound buses will operate approximately every 15 minutes from Washington/Jefferson until 11 p.m.

Additional and later service also will be provided on the #65 Grand route. In the evening, eastbound #65 buses will operate approximately every 15 minutes from Grand/Nordica to Navy Pier until 9:15 p.m. and then run every 20 minutes until
10:15 p.m. Westbound buses will leave Navy Pier every 20 minutes from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and then every few minutes following the fireworks display until 11 p.m.

Rail Service
Longer trains and more frequent service will operate in the evening on the Red and Blue Lines.

Operating on regular schedules, longer trains will run on the Brown, Green, Orange and Pink Lines, as well as the Purple Line between Howard and Linden. The last trains will depart at their regularly scheduled times.

Additional CTA personnel will be on hand at CTA rail stations in the Loop to help customers with travel and fare information.

Park & Ride Facilities
Parking is available for approximately 6,800 cars at facilities adjacent to 18 CTA rail stations, mainly at terminals, throughout the CTA system. Rates are $3 at Rosemont and Forest Park and $2 at all other locations. Park & Ride locations are listed on CTA's system map and on CTA's web site at www.transitchicago.com. Customers also may obtain information on Park & Ride facilities by calling836-7000 from any local area code.

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