November 16, 2001

Eight CTA bus routes will be detoured off North Michigan Avenue Saturday, November 17, for the annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. The festival motorcade parade is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., and will proceed south on Michigan from Oak to Wacker.

Michigan will start closing to traffic in both directions at about 5 p.m., and is expected to reopen around 8 p.m. Buses on Chicago Avenue are expected to continue operating across Michigan during most of this period.

The bus routes affected by the parade are the #3 King Drive, #6 Jeffery Express, #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #145 Wilson/Michigan Express, #146 Marine/Michigan Express, #147 Outer Drive Express, #151 Sheridan and #173 U. of Chicago/Lakeview Express.

#10, #145, #146, #147, and #151 buses that regularly operate north through the Loop on State will remain on State across the river. #10 buses will end their trips at Chicago/State, while buses on the other four routes will operate via State, Division and Clark to LaSalle Drive before returning to their regular routes. Buses will use the same detour southbound, and #145, #147 and #151 buses will return to Michigan at Washington.

#3, #6 and #173 buses, which operate north through the Loop on Michigan, will turn off Michigan at Randolph and go west to State. #3 buses will proceed north on State and go east on Chicago to the terminal. #6 buses will turn south on State to begin new trips over the regular route. #173 buses will go north on State to Ontario and west over the regular route. For trips south, #3 buses will re-enter State at Chicago, while #173 buses will reach State via Lake Shore, LaSalle Drive, Clark and Division. Buses on both routes will continue south on State to Washington before returning to Michigan.

For more information about all CTA routes and schedules, call 836-7000 (all local area codes).

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