CTA Service to O’Hare and Midway Airports Gives Travelers Convenient Options Over the Holiday Weekend

November 24, 2009

NOTE: CTA will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule on Thursday, November 26 –Thanksgiving Day. Bus and rail service will operate on a normal weekday schedule on Friday, November 27.

CTA service to both major Chicago airports provides Thanksgiving travelers with reliable and economical transportation.  Air travel is expected to be heavy from Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29.
Longer trains will operate on the Orange, Brown, Green and Blue lines beginning in the afternoon hours on Wednesday, November 25 to accommodate additional airport travelers.
As a result of CTA’s aggressive efforts to eliminate slow zones along the O’Hare branch of the Blue Line, air travelers now can reach O’Hare Airport in approximately 40 – 45 minutes from the Clark/Lake station in the Loop.  Elevated rail customers can transfer to the Blue Line for no additional charge at the Clark/Lake station.  Red Line customers can connect to the Blue Line by using the pedestrian transfer tunnel at Jackson.
Also, customers can transfer to the Blue Line from all east-west bus routes between Grand and Foster, and from many north-south bus routes.
Orange Line trains provide direct service to Midway Airport. In the Loop, customers can transfer to Orange Line trains at the Clark/Lake station for no charge. In addition, Red Line customers can transfer to the Orange Line at the Roosevelt station at no extra charge.  
To avoid traffic congestion, customers can combine the convenience of driving with the economical savings of public transit by using CTA Park and Ride facilities. Parking is available for approximately 6,000 cars at CTA’s 17 Park & Ride facilities, mainly at rail terminals, throughout the CTA system. 
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 by calling 836-7000 from any local area code.
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