July 29, 2004

The Chicago Transit Authority will provide extra bus and rail service for Venetian Night, the Grant Park Orchestra concert at Millennium Park and the fireworks at Monroe Harbor on Saturday evening, July 31.

The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Pritzker Pavilion just east of Randolph/ 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 from Navy Pier as well as other areas along the lakefront.

Bus Service

Additional bus service will be provided on the following routes serving downtown: #6 Jackson Park Express, #20 Madison, #22 Clark, #36 Broadway, #56 Milwaukee, #60 Blue Island/26th, #62 Archer, #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express and #151 Sheridan.

Additional service also will be provided on the #14 Jeffery Express route for spectators leaving downtown. Southbound buses will operate every 15 minutes from Michigan/Madison until 11 p.m.

Additional service will be provided on the four bus routes that regularly serve Navy Pier. Eastbound #65 Grand buses will operate every 15 minutes from Grand/Nordica to the pier until 8:30 p.m. Westbound buses will leave Navy Pier after the fireworks every 7 to 8 minutes from 10 p.m. until 11 p.m.

The #124 Navy Pier route will operate additional buses every 7 ? minutes between Ogilvie Transportation Center, Union Station, Randolph Street station and Navy Pier beginning at 8:35 a.m. with the last bus leaving the pier at midnight.

Additional buses also will operate on the #29 State and #66 Chicago serving Navy Pier. They will operate on their normal schedules with the last buses leaving the pier at 12:25 a.m.

Rail Service

Longer trains and more frequent service will operate on the Red, Blue and Brown Lines from 5:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. The last trains will depart downtown at their regularly scheduled times.

Longer trains also will operate on the Green and Orange Lines from 5:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. with the last trains departing downtown at their regularly scheduled times.

There will be additional customer assistants on hand at CTA rail stations in the Loop to help customers with travel and fare information.

Park & Ride

Parking is available for approximately 6,300 cars at facilities adjacent to 16 'L' stations, mainly at terminals, throughout the CTA system. Most of the spaces are used on weekdays by commuters, however Venetian Night spectators may find parking more readily available Saturday. Rates run from $1.50 to $1.75, with most facilities charging $1.50 for up to 24 hours of parking. Customers should pay their fees as directed on the numbered slot boxes. Most accept coins only. 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 and all CTA service by calling 836-7000 from any local area code.

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