CTA to Provide Extra Service to Upcoming Events

October 31, 2016

Your New Blue construction work will temporarily impact Cumberland Station

The Chicago Transit Authority will provide extra rail and bus service for those traveling to upcoming sporting events.

The Rugby Weekend: New Zealand All Blacks vs. Ireland - Saturday, Nov. 5

The CTA will provide extra bus service for the upcoming New Zealand All Blacks vs. Ireland Rugby Game at Soldier Field on Saturday, November 5 at 3 p.m.

  • #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express: Extra service will be provided until approximately one hour after the game ends.
  • #130 Museum Campus: Extra service will be provided from approximately 2.5 hours before the game until approximately one hour after between Washington/Clinton and Soldier Field.

United Center events – Tuesday, Nov. 1 to Sunday, Nov. 6

The CTA will provide additional transit service for people attending upcoming events at the United Center:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. - Chicago Blackhawks vs. Calgary Flames
  • Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. - Chicago Blackhawks vs. Colorado Avalanche
  • Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. - Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks
  • Sunday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. - Chicago Blackhawks vs. Dallas Stars
  • Monday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic

Rail: Pink/Green (Ashland/Lake), Blue Line (Illinois Medical District) stations closest to arena. Customers exiting at the station can transfer to #9 Ashland buses or simply walk a few blocks to the stadium.

Bus: Service provided on #19 United Center Express beginning approximately 1.5 hours before events until one hour after events end. Buses will await customers on the north side of the United Center eastbound on Madison near Gate 3. The #50 Damen service is also a good option for customers accessing the United Center from the north and south and provides connections with Orange, Pink, Blue and Brown lines. Northbound #50 buses will await customers on Damen at Madison after each event.

Northwestern football game - Saturday, Nov. 5

The CTA will provide extra rail service for the upcoming Northwestern vs. University of Wisconsin football game at Ryan Field on Saturday, November 5 at 11 a.m.

Purple Line: Longer Purple Line trains will begin approximately two hours before the game. Central station is closest station three blocks east of Ryan Field.

Partial platform closure at Cumberland Blue Line - through Tuesday, Nov. 8

Your New Blue station and platform renewal work at the Cumberland Blue Line station will continue through 9 p.m. Tuesday, November 8.

  • During this period, Forest Park-bound trains will not serve the station
  • Consider using the adjacent Blue Line stations at Rosemont and Harlem
  • For Forest Park-bound trips originated from Cumberland, take an O’Hare-bound train to Rosemont and transfer across the platform to a Forest Park-bound train
  • For trips to Cumberland when traveling towards Forest Park, continue trip to Harlem and transfer across the platform to an O’Hare-bound train and head back to Cumberland
  • CTA, Pace bus alternatives: #81W West Lawrence provides connection to Jefferson Park station; #241 Greenwood-Talcott Pace bus to Cumberland; #209 Busse Highway Pace bus to Harlem
  • Metra alternative: Metra Union Pacific Northwest Line, Park Ridge station; #290 Touhy Pace bus service to Cumberland (CTA), Park Ridge stations


In 2013, the CTA and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Your New Blue, the largest modernization of the O’Hare Blue Line branch since it was extended to O’Hare International Airport in 1984.


The CTA strongly recommends that customers 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 fare cards via the free Ventra app, at rail stations, online or at nearly 1,300 local retailers (for locations available or to download the app, visit ventrachicago.com). Other ways to pay fares include purchasing from CTA vending machines 1-day unlimited ride tickets ($10) or single-ride tickets ($3) that offer up to two transfers in two hours. Customers can also pay their fares with contactless bankcards and mobile wallets.

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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