CTA Provides Convenient Bus and Rail Service for Venetian Night

July 28, 2006

The Chicago Transit Authority will provide extra bus and rail service on Saturday evening, July 29, to accommodate the anticipated increase in customers heading to Venetian Night, the Grant Park Orchestra concert at Millennium Park and the fireworks at Monroe Harbor.

The 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. The fireworks display begins 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: #3 King Drive, #4 Cottage Grove, #6 Jackson Park Express,
#12 Roosevelt, #22 Clark, #29 State, #66 Chicago,#124 Navy Pier, #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express and #151 Sheridan.

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

Later service also will be provided on the #65 Grand route. In the evening, eastbound #65 buses will operate 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, Brown, Green, Blue and Orange lines as well as the Purple Line between Howard and Linden. The last trains will depart at their regular times.

Longer trains will operate on the Pink Line.

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 calling 836-7000 from any local area code.

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