CTA to Provide Additional Service for Bears Games

September 17, 2009

The Chicago Transit Authority will provide additional service on #128 Soldier Field Express and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express routes for the Chicago Bears home opener Sunday, September 20 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and for Bears home games throughout the season. Game time on Sunday is 3:15 p.m.

#128 Soldier Field Express will operate non-stop between the Ogilvie Transportation Center, Union Station and Soldier Field for the convenience of Bears fans. Before games, #128 buses leave stations starting two hours before game time until 30 minutes after kickoff. For Sunday's home opener, service will operate from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. After the game, buses will leave Soldier Field every few minutes for one hour. 

There are new boarding locations for the #128. Buses at Union Station will board eastbound at a near side stop on Jackson at Canal. Then will travel north on Canal, east on Monroe to Columbus and south on Columbus to Lake Shore Drive and exit at 18th Street.

Buses at Ogilvie will board southbound on Clinton at Madison. Buses will travel east on Monroe to Columbus, south Columbus to Lake Shore Drive then exit on 18th Street.

The special fare for #128 buses is $1 for full-fare customers and 50 cents for reduced-fare customers. The exact cash fare is required to receive the special rate.

#146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express will operate additional buses to Soldier Field every few minutes for two hours before the game's start and one hour after game's end. 

Customers also can travel to Soldier Field via Red, Orange or Green line trains. The Roosevelt station is located at Roosevelt and State, a few blocks west of the stadium. CTA will provide additional Customer Assistants at the Roosevelt Green and Orange Line elevated and Red Line subway stations to assist fans.

Bus customers who use CTA fare media pay $2 to ride. For rail customers or customers who pay cash on the bus, the fare is $2.25. Customers who use magnetic strip cards or other CTA fare media may transfer for a 25-cent fee. Transfers are not available for customers paying fares in cash.   

Note: The special service on the #128 Soldier Field Express to accommodate customers traveling to and from Soldier Field will not be visible via the CTA’s electronic Bus Tracker system.

For information on all CTA service visit www.transitchicago.com or call 836-7000 from any local area code.

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