April 8, 2004

As the 2004 Major League Baseball Season begins, Cubs and Sox fans are reminded that the Chicago Transit Authority provides convenient, affordable and reliable bus and rail service to both ballparks. The Cubs home opener is Monday, April 12 and the White Sox open their home season Tuesday, April 13.

Taking CTA to Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field costs only $1.75 for a one-way trip. Public transit reduces traffic congestion, is more convenient than driving and saves fans money on gasoline and parking.

CTA Service to Wrigley Field

CTA's Red Line serves Wrigley Field via the accessible station at Addison. Fans can transfer to Red Line trains from all other 'L' lines and from most east-west bus routes. Trips to Addison take less than 20 minutes 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. Fans using these stations also can take advantage of convenient Park & Ride lots at Howard, Linden and Skokie. Parking fees range from $1.50 to $1.75.

Additional rail service will be provided for weeknight Cubs games. For those games, southbound Purple Line Express trains will stop at Addison enroute to downtown from Linden. On game nights, Yellow Line trains will operate two hours later (until midnight) from Howard. This provides a convenient option for fans to Park & Ride by using the more than 700 parking spaces available at the Skokie Yellow Line station located at 5001 West Dempster, just three blocks east of the Edens Expressway.

In addition to rail service, Cubs fans can access Wrigley Field from several CTA bus routes; #8 Halsted buses that operate north on Halsted from 79th Street to Broadway/Waveland, #22 Clark buses that operate north through the Loop on Dearborn and south on Clark from Howard, and #152 Addison buses that run east and west on Addison.

For all games, additional service will be provided on the #152 Addison route, as crowds warrant, starting two hours before game time and operating until one hour after games end.

CTA Service to U.S. Cellular Field

White Sox fans have several options for traveling to U.S. Cellular Field. Red Line trains operate between Howard and 95th, making stops at the Sox-35th station. From the State Street subway downtown, fans will arrive at Sox-35th in approximately 10 to 12 minutes. And from 95th, the trip is approximately 18 minutes. Free connections can be made from Purple and Yellow Line trains at Howard, from all 'L' lines serving the Loop, or from Brown Line trains at Belmont or Fullerton.

Additionally, U.S. Cellular Field is served by #35 35th buses that stop at accessible stations on both the Green and the Orange Lines. On weekdays through early evening, #24 Wentworth buses serve the park from Clark Street downtown, and from 79th via Vincennes, Wentworth and LaSalle.

For the home opener additional service will be provided on the #35 route, as crowds warrant, starting an hour and a half before game time and operating until one hour after the game ends.

#29 State buses that operate on State Street between the Red Line terminal at 95th Street and Navy Pier provide another travel option.

For details about all CTA service, call 836-7000 (all local area codes) or visit the CTA web site at www.transitchicago.com.

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