December 5, 2001

The CTA will once again charge only a penny to ride its buses and trains on New Year's Eve. The ?centsible? rates will be in effect from 8 p.m. Monday, December 31, until 6 a.m. Tuesday, January 1, 2002. The CTA Board approved the program at its monthly meeting Wednesday to give revelers the opportunity to get to and from their New Year's celebrations safely and economically.

?Our Penny Ride program helps everyone in our service area enjoy their New Year's celebrations," said CTA Chairman Valerie B. Jarrett. "By letting CTA serve as their ?designated driver," more people will leave their cars at home and reduce risks they could face while driving. Their trips will be safer, and they won?t have to worry about finding a place to park."

Details about service over the New Year's holiday will be announced the last week in December. Weekday schedules will be in effect throughout the day Monday, December 31, and into early New Year's Day. On New Year's Day, Tuesday, January 1, buses and trains will be operating on a Sunday/holiday schedule.

CTA President Frank Kruesi said, "By making our Penny Ride program available between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., we?ll be able to provide customers with a safe, affordable travel option throughout the evening. This is the 16th year Penny Rides have been offered by CTA on New Year's Eve, and it's become a popular tradition."

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