April 1, 2005

As the 2005 Major League Baseball Season begins, Cubs and Sox fans are reminded that the Chicago Transit Authority provides convenient, affordable bus and rail service to both ballparks. The White Sox home opener is Monday,April 4 and the Cubs home season opens Friday, April 8.

Taking CTA to Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field costs only $1.75 for a one-way trip ($2 with a transfer) for customers 12 and older. Children 7 through 11 pay 85 cents ($1 with a transfer). Public transit reduces traffic congestion, is more convenient than driving and saves fans money on gasoline and parking.

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 accessible 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.

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

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 at these lots are $2.

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, 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.

Another option is the #154 Wrigley Field Express which added service to include weekend games last year, in addition to its traditional night game service. #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, for fans who prefer to drive part of the way to the games. 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.

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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