CTA Takes Fans Out to the Ballgame

May 16, 2007

Cubs-Sox Crosstown Weekend Series Begins at Wrigley Field on Friday

CTA encourages north and south side fans to avoid traffic congestion by taking public transit to Wrigley Field for the Cubs-Sox series this weekend. CTA provides convenient and affordable bus and train service to both of Chicago's ballparks.

The Chicago Cubs host the Chicago White Sox this weekend at Wrigley Field. The first game of the three-game inter-league series begins Friday, May 18 at 1:20 p.m. Saturday's game begins at 2:55 p.m. and Sunday's game starts at 1:20 p.m.

Approximately 90 minutes before each game, CTA staff will greet customers at Addison station and distribute commemorative 2007 Crosstown Series posters to customers who use the Red Line to get to the game. Posters will be handed out as long as supplies last.

The Red Line provides direct service to Wrigley Field via the accessible station at Addison. Fans can transfer to Red Line trains from all other rail lines and from most east-west bus routes.

In addition this weekend, Red Line trains that normally travel through the subway are being rerouted over the elevated tracks between the Roosevelt station and the North/Clybourn station beginning at 11 p.m. Friday, May 18 until 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20 due to planned construction work.

Beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, northbound Red Line trains will begin regular routing through the subway and southbound trains will continue to operate over the elevated tracks until 1 a.m. Monday, May 21.

Red Line trains will operate normally from Howard to Fullerton, and from 95th to Cermak/Chinatown. Rerouted Red Line trains will stop at the following elevated stations between Cermak-Chinatown and Fullerton: Roosevelt/Wabash, Adams/Wabash, Madison/Wabash, Randolph/Wabash, State/Lake, Clark/Lake, Merchandise Mart, Chicago/Franklin and Sedgwick. Please note, the Merchandise Mart station is available as an exit only (via stairway) on Saturday morning from 12:50 a.m. to 5:10 a.m. and on Sunday morning from 12:50 a.m. to 7:10 a.m.

In addition to running Red Line trains on the elevated tracks, CTA will operate three bus shuttles throughout the reroute to help customers make their normal connections. All shuttle service will connect to elevated stations where customers will be able to board northbound and southbound Red Line trains.

Bus shuttle service will operate between the Clark/Division station and North/Clybourn station, stopping at the Sedgwick station where customers may board Red Line trains.

Bus shuttle service also will operate from the Grand/State and Chicago/State stations to the Chicago/Franklin station where customers may board Red Line trains.

Additional bus shuttle service will operate between Jackson/State, Harrison/State and Roosevelt/Wabash where customers may board Red Line trains.

CTA recommends customers heading to Wrigley Field via the Red Line allow extra travel time due to three-track operation at the Belmont and Fullerton stations and the planned construction work in the subway.

Several CTA bus routes also provide convenient service directly to Wrigley Field:

? #8 Halsted buses operate north on Halsted from 79th Street to Broadway/Waveland;

? #22 Clark buses operate north through the Loop on Dearborn and south on Clark from Howard;

? #152 Addison buses operate on Addison from Cumberland on the west to Lake Shore Drive on the east. 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; and

? #154 Wrigley Field Express buses operate for all night and weekend games for fans who wish to combine driving and public transit to travel to the games. #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. 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.

Customers heading to Wrigley Field from Purple or Yellow Line trains serving the northern suburbs can board Red Line trains at Howard. 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.

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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