CTA’s Convenient and Affordable Services Can Help With Your New Year’s Resolution

January 2, 2020

Planned project work to impact weekend and weekday Blue Line service

If your 2020 resolution is to save money, increase daily activity, help make Chicago a greener place or to simply find more “me time”, CTA has you covered. Our convenient and affordable services are the best way to get around town without the hassle of traffic and parking. We recommend allowing plenty of travel time and purchasing fares and unlimited-ride passes in advance. More information about purchasing fares is below.

Event service/extra service

United Center  

Extra service on the #19 United Center Express and #50 Damen bus routes for the following events:

  • Utah Jazz vs. Chicago Bulls – Thurs. 1/2 at 7 p.m.
  • Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls – Sat. 1/4 at 7 p.m.
  • Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Sun. 1/5 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Calgary Flames vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Tues. 1/7 at 7:30 p.m.

Blue Line Chicago Station Project Work 

This weekend and early next week, crews will be performing upgrades at the Chicago Blue Line station as part of the ongoing Your New Blue (YNB) program, resulting in the following temporary service impacts. Riders are encouraged to plan their trip beforehand and allow for extra travel time.

  • Weekend Station Closure

    • 10 p.m. Fri. 1/3 to 4 a.m. Mon. 1/6: The Chicago Station will be temporarily closed– More details here
    • Free bus shuttle service will operate between Chicago and Grand stations
  • Weekday station bypass

    • Forest Park-bound trains will not stop at the Chicago station from 4 a.m. Mon. 1/6 until 4 a.m. Wed. 1/8 – More details here
    • Customers can use adjacent Grand station, where trains in both directions continue to stop.

Fare Information

Customers can add unlimited ride passes (1-day, 3-day, 7-day and 30-day) or add money to their Ventra cards for pay-per-ride via the following ways: free Ventra app, rail station Ventra vending machines, online or at nearly 900 local retailers - for locations visit ventrachicago.com.

Single-ride tickets are also available for purchase for $3 ($5 at O’Hare) at all Ventra vending machines. Single-ride tickets include up to two transfers in two hours.

In a hurry? Ventra allows riders to use Apple Pay, Android Pay or Samsung Pay, or any contactless credit or debit card, for pay-as-you-go rides ($2.25 for bus, $2.50 for train).

Service Information

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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