CTA to Provide Additional Service for Bears Home Opener

September 18, 2008

09/18/08

The Chicago Transit Authority will provide additional service on the #12 Roosevelt, #128 Soldier Field Express and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express routes for the Chicago Bears home opener Sunday, September 21 vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Game time is 12 p.m.

#128 Soldier Field Express buses operate non-stop between the Ogilvie Transportation Center, Union Station and Soldier Field for the convenience of Bears fans. Service will operate from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. After the game, buses will leave Soldier Field every few minutes for one hour. The fare for #128 buses is $1 for full-fare customers and 50 cents for reduced-fare customers. The exact cash fare is required.

Customers can also travel to Soldier Field via Red, Orange or Green Line trains stopping at Roosevelt station. The station is located at Roosevelt and State, a few blocks west of Soldier Field.

Brown Line trains will also serve Roosevelt station on Sunday due to a construction reroute on the Loop elevated tracks.

Upon entering the Loop from the Merchandise Mart, southbound Brown Line trains will operate normally on the outer Loop track until they leave Library station. From Library, they will operate as Orange Line trains to Roosevelt and continue to serve Orange Line stations to Midway Airport.

Northbound Brown Line service will be provided by Orange Line trains from Midway. At Roosevelt, Orange Line trains will operate as northbound Brown Line trains traveling on the inner Loop track along Van Buren and Wells. Entering the Loop from Roosevelt, northbound Brown Line trains will stop at Library, then LaSalle/Van Buren, Quincy/Wells and Washington/Wells then operate the normal route to Belmont. At Belmont, CTA will operate Brown Line shuttle trains between Belmont and Kimball due to slow zone removal work on the Brown Line between Belmont and Western. Customers traveling north of Belmont will board Brown Line shuttle trains to complete their trips.

Green, Pink and Orange Line trains will also be rerouted in the Loop as a result of slow zone prevention work this weekend on the elevated tracks. Trains will be rerouted to the Wells and Van Buren sections of track beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, September 19 until 4 a.m. Monday, September 22.

Orange Line trains from Midway will enter the Loop as northbound Brown Line trains from Roosevelt and operate on the inner Loop track stopping at Library, LaSalle/Van Buren, Quincy/Wells and Washington/Wells. Northbound Brown Line trains will operate on their regular route to Belmont stopping at the Merchandise Mart, Chicago, Sedgwick, Armitage, Fullerton, Diversey and Belmont. Northbound trains will then turn back southbound at Belmont and resume normal Brown Line service to the Loop. Southbound from Belmont, trains will enter the Loop from the Merchandise Mart stopping at Washington/Wells, Quincy/Wells, LaSalle/Van Buren, Library and Roosevelt where they will resume normal southbound Orange Line service.

Green Line trains from 63rd entering the Loop from Roosevelt will be rerouted to the inner Loop track along Van Buren and Wells. Northbound Green Line trains will make their first stop at Library, then LaSalle/Van Buren, Quincy/Wells and Washington/Wells, then proceed to Clinton and resume the regular route. Green Line trains from Harlem/Lake will enter the Loop from Clinton and be rerouted to the outer Loop track along Wells and Van Buren. Southbound Green Line trains will make their first stop at Washington/Wells, Quincy/Wells, LaSalle/Van Buren and Library, then proceed to Roosevelt where they will resume normal southbound service.

Pink Line trains will enter the Loop from Clinton and be rerouted to the outer Loop track and travel counter-clockwise. Entering the Loop from Clinton, Pink Line trains will make their first stop at Washington/Wells, then Quincy/Wells, LaSalle/Van Buren and Library, where they will turn and resume normal westbound service on the inner Loop track with the first stop at Library/Van Buren.

Note: The additional service on the #12 Roosevelt and the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express and 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. At this time only regularly scheduled service for routes active on Bus Tracker is available on the web site.

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

 

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