October 9, 2003

Chicago Transit Authority bus and rail service will be a convenient travel option for spectators of the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Sunday, October 12, 2003.

Rail Service

Longer trains will operate on the following schedule:

Blue Line ? O'Hare branch, from 6:28 a.m. until 12:10 p.m.

Blue Line ? Forest Park branch, from 7:52 a.m. until 1:32 p.m.

Green Line ? Lake branch, from 7 a.m. until 11:55 a.m.

Green Line ? Ashland/63rd south branch, from 6:52 a.m. until 12:02 p.m.

Green Line ? Cottage Grove south branch, from 7:10 a.m. until 11:55 a.m.

Orange Line ? from 5:35 a.m. until noon.

Brown Line ? from 5:01 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Red Line ? from Howard, longer trains will begin running at 5 a.m. and 5:13 a.m. from 95th Street.

Additional Customer Assistants will be on hand on the Blue and Red Lines to help customers with travel or fare information.

Ten viewing areas are in close proximity to CTA rail stations. The stations are:

Jackson/State(Red Line) ? Take the Red Line from the north or south and exit at State and Jackson. Walk a half-mile east to Grant Park to the beginning of the race on Columbus, just south of Monroe.

Grand and State (Red Line) ? The race runs past the station.

Chicago and State (Red Line) ? Walk three blocks west to LaSalle.

Clark and Division (Red Line) ? Walk one block west to LaSalle.

Addison (Red Line) ? Walk four blocks east to Broadway.

Belmont (Red Line) ? Walk four blocks east to Broadway.

UIC/Halsted (Blue Line) ? Use the Halsted or Morgan exits. Walk two blocks north on Halsted to Adams or walk south through the UIC campus to Morgan and Taylor to watch the runners go through the Little Italy neighborhood.

Cermak/Chinatown (Red Line) ? Walk a half block west on Cermak to Wentworth or walk east five blocks to see the runners as they enter Michigan Avenue for the final leg of the 26.2 mile race.

Sox/35th (Red Line) ? Use the 35th Street exit. Runners will circle the station south on Wentworth, then return passing the station one block to the east on LaSalle.

Roosevelt (Red Line) ? Walk east on Roosevelt to the Museum Campus and Grant Park for the finish of the race on Columbus.

Bus Service

The CTA will provide extra bus service from Union Station on the morning of the marathon. Customers should exit Union Station at Jackson and board the #126 Jackson bus to Congress and Michigan, then walk one block east to Columbus for the start of the race. The first bus will leave Union Station at 6:03 a.m. and will operate every 6 ? 10 minutes until 8:11 a.m. when it will return to its normal schedule.

CTA also will operate earlier service on the #3 King Drive bus route between McCormick Place (5:30 a.m.) and Michigan/Chicago (5:52 a.m.) to accommodate runners and spectators staying in downtown hotels. Service will run every 15 minutes.

During the course of the race, there will be intermittent detours along several CTA bus routes. These will be determined by Chicago Police and CTA supervisory personnel. The affected routes are: #3 King Drive, #4 Cottage Grove, #6 Jackson Park Express, #8 Halsted, #9 Ashland, #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #11 Lincoln, #12 Roosevelt, #14 Jeffery Express, #18 16th/18th, #20 Madison, #21 Cermak, #22 Clark, #28 Stony Island Express, #29 State, #35 35th, #36 Broadway, #44 Wallace/Racine, #56 Milwaukee, #60 Blue Island/26th, #62 Archer, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago, #70 Division, #72 North, #73 Armitage, #74 Fullerton, #76 Diversey, #77 Belmont, #126 Jackson, #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express, #147 Outer Drive Express, #151 Sheridan and #152 Addison.

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

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