CTA to Provide Extra Service for Upcoming Events

October 16, 2015

Green and Pink line service will be temporarily suspended Saturday morning only between the Clinton and Clark/Lake stations; Free shuttle bus service will serve the affected stations

The Chicago Transit Authority is a convenient and affordable transit option for those traveling to events throughout Chicago. Additional service will be provided to accommodate customers heading to the upcoming events at the United Center including the Stevie Wonder concert, the Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets game and the Bulls vs. Pacers game.

The CTA strongly recommends that customers traveling to and from events around Chicago this weekend purchase fares in advance to decrease travel times and avoid long lines at rail station vending machines. Customers can load ahead of time transit value or unlimited ride passes (1-day, 3-day, 7-day and 30-day) to their Ventra farecards at rail stations, online or at nearly 1,300 local retailers (locations available at ventrachicago.com). Other ways to pay fares including purchase from CTA vending machines 1-day unlimited ride tickets ($10) or single-ride tickets ($3) that include up to two transfers in two hours. Customers can also pay their fares with their personal contactless debit or credit cards.

United Center Events

The CTA will operate the #19 United Center Express for those attending the upcoming events at the United Center:

  • Friday, October 16 at 8 p.m. – Stevie Wonder concert
  • Saturday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. – Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets game
  • Tuesday, October 20 at 7 p.m. – Bulls vs. Pacers game

Bus Service:

Extra service from #19 Express buses will leave from Michigan and Randolph beginning approximately 2 hours before the start of each event. After each event, #19 Express buses will await customers on the north side of the United Center eastbound on Madison near Gate 3. Extra #19 Express bus service will conclude approximately one hour after each event.

Rail Service:

CTA’s Ashland/Lake station served by Green and Pink lines is just a few blocks northeast of the United Center. Customers exiting at the station can transfer to #9 Ashland buses or simply walk a few blocks to the stadium. Customers taking the Blue Line can get to the United Center by exiting at the Illinois Medical District station and walking a few blocks north to the United Center.

Northwestern Football Season

The CTA will provide extra service for the Iowa vs. Northwestern game at 11 a.m. Saturday. Extra rail service will be provided on the Purple Line beginning at approximately 9 a.m. until

5 p.m.

In general, for each Northwestern football home game at Ryan Field, the CTA will operate longer trains more frequently beginning three hours prior to kick-off time until approximately two hours following the end of the game.

Ryan Field is located just west of the Purple Line’s Central station in Evanston.

Saturday AM: Temporary Suspension of Green/Pink Line Service Over Lake Street Bridge

On Saturday, beginning with the start of service (approx. 5 a.m.) until 10 a.m., Green and Pink line service between the Clinton and Clark/Lake stations will be temporarily suspended due to work on the Lake Street Bridge by the Chicago Department of Transportation.

During this time, CTA will provide a free bus shuttle service that will supplement Green and Pink line service between the Clinton and Clark/Lake stations. Harlem/Lake-bound customers at Clark/Lake can board the free bus shuttle from the northeast corner of LaSalle/Lake. Loop-bound customers at Clinton can board the free bus shuttle on the west side of Clinton Street south of Lake Street.

Green Line Service: Green Line trains will continue to operate in both directions, but in two sections: between Harlem/Lake and Clinton, and also between Ashland/63rd-Cottage Grove and the Loop. In the Loop, Green Line trains will follow Orange Line trains clockwise, first stopping at Harold Washington Library before continuing on to Ashland/63rd and Cottage Grove.

Pink Line Service: Pink Line trains will also continue to operate in both directions between 54th/Cermak and Clinton; however, there will be no Pink Line service in the Loop during the temporary line cut.

Service in the Loop: a shuttle train will be operating counterclockwise around the Loop, making all stops.

Regular Green and Pink line service will resume at approximately 10 a.m. For more information visit, transitchicago.com/alerts.

Stay in the Loop on CTA service

Plan your trip using the Google Transit Trip Planner. Be sure to also check out CTA on Facebook or Twitter (@CTA) for system travel updates and alerts. For details about all CTA service, call 312-836-7000 or visit the CTA website at transitchicago.com.


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