Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning the Weekend of December 30 - January 1

December 29, 2005

Note: All CTA bus and rail service will operate on a Sunday/Holiday schedule the day after New Year's Day, Monday, January 2.

CTA Provides Convenient Rail Service to Both Chicago Airports
CTA service to both Chicago airports provides holiday travelers with reliable and economical transportation throughout the holiday period. Air travel is expected to be heavy through Sunday, January 1.

Air travelers can reach O'Hare Airport on the Blue Line in 45 minutes from stations in the Dearborn subway downtown, where customers can make free connections from all other rail lines serving the Loop. Also, customers can transfer to the Blue Line from most east-west bus routes between Grand and Foster, and from most north-south bus routes.

Midway Airport is served by Orange Line trains, which make the trip from the Loop 'L' downtown to the airport in approximately 30 minutes. As with the Blue Line, customers can make free connections to Orange Line trains from other 'L' lines downtown, and customers can transfer to the Orange Line from most bus routes serving the Southwest Side.

Penny Rides Offered on New Year's Eve
The Chicago Transit Authority will continue its tradition of offering penny rides on New Year's Eve. Riding CTA buses and trains will cost only a penny from 8 p.m. New Year's Eve Saturday, December 31 until 6 a.m. New Year's Day Sunday, January 1.

Additionally, several bus and rail routes will provide later service, making CTA an even more convenient, safe and affordable option. (See separate release.)

Washington Street Viaduct Reopens
The Washington Street bridge over the Kennedy Expressway has reopened to traffic after the completion of viaduct work. As a result, the #20 Madison (accessible) and #14 Jeffery Express(accessible)buses that exit from the expressway have resumed their regular routes.

Evanston First Night Celebration Street Closures
The annual Evanston First Night Celebration will temporarily close Davis between Chicago and Sherman on Saturday, December 31 and Sherman between Davis and Grove on Sunday, January 1.

Southbound #201 Central Ridge (accessible) buses will be rerouted from 4 p.m. until 6 a.m. on December 31 via Chicago/Clark, Elgin to Benson, back to Davis to resume the regular route.

Northbound #N201 Central Sherman (accessible) buses will be rerouted from 12:50 a.m. until 6 a.m. on Sunday, January 1 via Sherman/Emerson, Benson, Davis, Maple to Lake, back to Sherman to resume the regular route. Southbound is the reverse.

Red Line - Dan Ryan Branch Rehabilitation
CTA is working to replace track, power and signal systems and upgrade stations along the branch. When the work is completed, customers will experience more reliable service and modern station amenities.

Late Night Red Line Single Track Next Week
Single track service will be in effect northbound between 63rd and Garfield from 11 p.m. Tuesday, January 3 until 4 a.m. Wednesday, January 4 and again in the same location, during the same hours Wednesday night, January 4 to Thursday, January 5.

For details about CTA routes and schedules, call 836-7000 (all local area codes) or visit www.transitchicago.com.

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