July 3, 2002

Visitors to the fireworks display in Grant Park Wednesday, July 3, will be served by longer and more frequent 'L' trains, hundreds of extra buses, and hundreds of CTA employees deployed throughout the downtown area to help with directions and questions about service.

All customers are encouraged to purchase Transit Cards on their way downtown with sufficient value to cover their return travel in order to speed their trips out of the downtown area. In addition to vending machines at all 'L' stations, Transit Cards valued at $1.50 (single ride) and $1.80 (ride with transfer) will be sold at mobile CTA fare facilities on Jackson just east of Michigan, on State between Adams and Jackson, and on Adams between Michigan and Wabash.

Rail Service (Bicycles are not allowed on trains July 3)

Blue Line: Longer trains and more frequent service between O'Hare, Forest Park and 54th/Cermak.

Red Line:Longer trains and more frequent service between 95th and Howard.

Green Line: Longer trains and more frequent service between Harlem, East 63rd and Ashland/63rd.

Brown Line: Longer trains, more frequent service and extended hours (until 1:30 a.m.) from the Loop.

Orange Line: Longer trains and more frequent service.

Yellow Line: More frequent service and extended hours (until 1 a.m.) from Howard.

Purple Line: Longer trains and later service (until 2 a.m.) from Howard.

Extra Bus Service for Navy Pier

#124 Navy Pier Express buses will serve Navy Pier from Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center (North Western Station) from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Buses will make return trips to the stations from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Later service will operate on the #65 Grand route, with the last bus leaving Grand/Nordica for Navy Pier at 8:15 p.m. Return service from Navy Pier will operate between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

In addition to #124 service, after the fireworks, extra buses will be staged at Navy Pier on the four routes that regularly serve the pier: #29 State, #56 Milwaukee, #65 Grand and #66 Chicago.

Buses Will Be Detoured Early Off Michigan and State

Michigan and State will be closed to traffic downtown at about 7 p.m., and buses using these streets will be detoured to Clark (southbound) and Dearborn (northbound). Buses entering downtown from the west will go east to Dearborn or Clark before starting new trips west on Madison or Adams.

Reroute map after 7 p.m.

Extra Bus Service from Downtown

Hundreds of extra buses will await customers after the fireworks, as follows:

#3 King Drive and #4 Cottage Grove buses will be staged southbound on Michigan at Van Buren.

#6 Jeffery Express, #29 State and #62 Archer buses will be available for service southbound on Clark from Wacker to Van Buren.

#12 Roosevelt buses will start trips west on Roosevelt from Michigan.

#20 Madison and #56 Milwaukee buses will await riders on Madison at Clark.

#60 Blue Island/26thand #126 Jackson buses will be on Adams at Clark.

#22 Clark, #36 Broadway, #146 Marine/Michigan Express and #151 Sheridan buses will start trips north on Dearborn at Jackson.

For details about all CTA service call 836-7000 (all area codes) or visit www.transitchicago.com to use the travel planner feature.

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