CTA Provides Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Options

November 22, 2005
Take CTA to the Airport
CTA service to both major Chicago airports will provide Thanksgiving travelers with reliable and economical transportation throughout the holiday period. Air travel is expected to be heavy from Wednesday, November 23 through Sunday, November 27.

Air travelers can reach O'Hare Airport on the Blue Line in 45 minutes from stations in the Dearborn subway downtown, where customers can make free connections from all other 'L' lines serving the Loop.

Also, customers can transfer to the Blue Line from all east-west bus routes between Grand and Foster, and from most north-south routes.

Midway Airport is served by Orange Line trains, which make the trip from the Loop 'L' downtown to the airport in approximately 30 minutes. As with the Blue Line, customers can make free connections to Orange Line trains from other 'L' lines downtown, and customers can transfer to the Orange Line from most bus routes serving the Southwest Side.

CTA Detours Buses for Thanksgiving Parade
Due to the State Street Thanksgiving Parade, the CTA will detour 16 bus routes off State Street and adjacent downtown streets around the parade Thursday, November 24. The parade will start at 8:30 a.m. and proceed north on State from Congress to Randolph.

State will be closed on Thursday between Washington and Randolph from midnight until 1 p.m. and from Roosevelt to Congress from 5 a.m. until 1 p.m. Additionally, all east-west streets between Roosevelt and Wacker will be closed where they cross State from 8 a.m. until noon. As a result, buses operating in the area of the parade will be detoured from early morning until 1 p.m.

The affected routes are the #6 Jackson Park Express, #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #14 Jeffery Express, #20 Madison, #22 Clark, #29 State, #36 Broadway, #56 Milwaukee, #60 Blue Island/26th, #62 Archer, #124 Navy Pier, #126 Jackson, #145 Wilson/Michigan Express, #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express, #147 Outer Drive Express and #151 Sheridan.

While State Street is closed, buses on the #6, #10, #145, and #147 routes will operate northbound and southbound on Michigan between Wacker and Congress. The #146 will operate on Michigan to Balbo.

Northbound #14 buses will operate via Balbo, Michigan, South Water, Wabash, Wacker, Clark to Madison, then resume the regular route. Southbound buses will operate via Washington, Clark, Harrison, Canal, Roosevelt, back to Columbus, then resume the regular route.

#22 Clark buses will end their southbound trips at Clark/Congress before returning via Congress to Dearborn to resume northbound service. Buses will not operate south of Congress

Northbound #29 buses will operate via State, Roosevelt, Michigan, Congress, Dearborn, Wacker, back to State, then resume the regular route. Southbound buses will operate via State, Wacker, Wabash, South Water, Michigan, Roosevelt, back to State, then resume the regular route.

Southbound #36 buses will operate via State, Wacker, Clark, Congress to Dearborn where they will begin northbound trips on the regular route. Buses will not operate south of Congress.

Northbound #62 buses will operate via State, Roosevelt, Michigan, Congress to Dearborn, then resume the regular route. Southbound buses will operate via State, Wacker, Wabash, South Water, Michigan, Roosevelt, back to State then resume the regular route.

#20, #56 and #60 buses will end their eastbound trips at Washington/Clark before returning via Clark, Monroe, Dearborn to Madison to resume westbound service.

Eastbound #124 buses will operate via Washington, Dearborn, Illinois and the regular route to Navy Pier where they will begin southbound trips via Grand, Clark to Madison, then resume the regular route.

#126 buses will end eastbound trips at Jackson/Dearborn before returning to Adams to resume westbound service.

Northbound #151 buses will operate via Jackson, Dearborn, Wacker to Michigan, then resume the regular route. Southbound buses will operate via Michigan, Wacker, Clark to Adams, then resume the regular route.

There will be additional CTA supervisory personnel on hand in the downtown area to assist customers.

All CTA buses and trains will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday.

Museum of Science & Industry Seasonal Service Begins
CTA's #10 Museum of Science & Industry, which normally operates year round on weekends and holidays only, will run special seasonal service from Thanksgiving Day until January 2. The seasonal service will provide more frequent bus service and operate on weekdays from Michigan/Delaware beginning at 8:55 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Sunday service begins at 9:25 a.m. Buses operate every 15 to 30 minutes.

For information on all CTA service, call 836-7000 (any local area code) or visit the web site at www.transitchicago.com.

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