Ditch Traffic and Expensive Parking - Have CTA Take You to the Fun This June Weekend!

May 30, 2019

Service includes a Pink Line reroute on June 1 and June 2, plus closure of the east Bus Lane at Howard Red Line Terminal, beginning Monday, June 3

There are plenty of activities around Chicago as we enter June and CTA is the best way to get to them. For example, need another great reason to take CTA to the Cubs game? Limos, ride-hailing vehicles and taxis will be restricted from picking up and dropping off passengers in close proximity to Wrigley Field in order to reduce traffic congestion.

Event service/extra service

Wrigley Field:

  • Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs – Tuesday, June 4, and Wednesday, June 5, at 7:05 p.m.

- Rail: Red Line and Yellow Line

- Bus: Extra service for Cubs game days on #80 Irving Park and #152 Addison

United Center:

  • Ariana Grande concert – Tuesday, June 4, and Wednesday, June 5, at 8 p.m.  

- Bus: Extra service on #19 United Center Express and #50 Damen

CTA recommends allowing plenty of travel time and purchasing fares and unlimited-ride passes in advance. More information is below about purchasing fares.

Pink Line Reroute – June 1 and June 2

The Pink Line will be rerouted from Polk to the Racine Blue Line station on Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, in order to do work as part of the FastTracks program. There will be no Pink Line service east of Polk, during these times.

Customers traveling to/from the Loop are encouraged to use the Racine Blue Line stop or the Green Line via the #9 Ashland, which connects the Polk Pink Line station and Ashland Green/Pink line station. See here for more project details.

Closure of East Bus Lane at Howard Red Line Terminal – June 3

Beginning Monday, June 3 at 9 a.m., the east bus lane at the Howard Red Line Terminal will be closed for approximately one week for pavement repair.

Customers are encouraged to board the #22 Clark, #97 Skokie, #201 Central/Ridge, #206 Evanston Circulator, and Pace #213 Green Bay Road on the north side of Howard Street, west of Paulina Street and the bus terminal driveway, approximately 70 feet from the intersection. For your safety, please use crosswalks to cross Howard and Paulina.

Note: The west lane boarding locations will not change—the following routes continue to board in the same place: #147 Outer Drive Express, Pace #215 Crawford-Howard, and Pace #290 Touhy Avenue.

Buy your unlimited ride passes and fares in advance

Avoid long lines to buy fares! Customers can add  unlimited ride passes (1-day, 3-day, 7-day and 30-day) or add money to pay per-ride to their Ventra cards ahead of time via the free Ventra app, at rail station Ventra vending machines, online or at nearly 900 local retailers (for locations visit ventrachicago.com or the Ventra app).

Customers can also purchase 1-day unlimited ride tickets ($10) or single-ride tickets ($3) from all Ventra vending machines. Single-ride tickets include up to two transfers in two hours. Customers can also pay their fares with their personal contactless debit or credit cards.

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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