December 28, 2006
Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of December 29 ? 31
Note: All CTA bus and rail service will operate on a Sunday/Holiday schedule on New Year's Day, Monday, January 1.
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 Monday, January 1.
Air travelers can reach O'Hare Airport on the Blue Line from stations in the Dearborn subway downtown. Elevated rail customers can transfer to the Blue Line free of charge at the Clark/Lake station or from Library station by walking to the Blue Line Jackson station (if using farecards), and Red Line customers can connect to the Blue Line by using the pedestrian transfer tunnel at Jackson.
Also, customers can transfer to the Blue Line from all east-west bus routes between Grand and Foster, and from many north-south bus routes.
Orange Line trains provide direct service to Midway Airport. In the Loop, rail customers can transfer free of charge to Orange Line trains at the Clark/Lake station. Red Line customers can transfer to the Orange Line free of charge by exiting at the Jackson station and walking two blocks to the Library elevated station.
To avoid traffic congestion, those driving to pick up or drop off air travelers using O'Hare or who go downtown to shop may wish to park at Blue Line stations near O'Hare and complete their trips by train. Parking is available for more than 6,800 cars at Park & Ride lots adjacent to 18 CTA rail stations throughout the CTA system. Rates are $3 at Rosemont and Forest Park and $2 at all other locations.
Park & Ride stations are listed on CTA's system map and on the CTA's web site. Customers may also obtain information on Park & Ride facilities by calling 836-7000 from any local area code.
#10 Museum of Science & Industry Buses Continues Special Seasonal Service through New Year's Day
Seasonal service on the #10 Museum of Science & Industry route will continue to operate through New Year's Day. #10 buses, which normally operate year-round on weekends and holidays only, continue operating this week every 15 to 30 minutes from Michigan and Delaware. This weekend, buses will run more frequently operating every 15 minutes instead of every 30 minutes.
Single Track in Red Line Subway Friday Night
Due to maintenance work in the State Street subway, a single track will be in effect on the Red Line between the Grand and the Cermak-Chinatown stations from 11 p.m. Friday, December 29 to 6 a.m. Saturday, December 30. North and southbound customers boarding at Lake, Washington, Monroe, Jackson, Harrison and Roosevelt stations will board trains on the east side of the platform.
Single Track in Effect on Brown Line Saturday
Due to structure maintenance, a single track will be in effect on the Brown Line between Sedgwick and Merchandise Mart stations from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, December 30. North and southbound customers boarding at Chicago station must board on the east platform and all customers boarding at Sedgwick must board on the north platform.
Additional Service for Bears Game on New Year's Eve
The Chicago Transit Authority will provide additional service for fans attending the Chicago Bears game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, December 31. Additional service will be provided on the #12 Roosevelt and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express. CTA also will operate the #128 Soldier Field Express for the New Year's Eve game. The game begins at 7:15 p.m. (See separate release)
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)
North Side Red Line Trains Operating on Outer Track Next Week due to Maintenance Work
10 p.m. Tuesday, January 2 to 4 a.m. Wednesday, January 3 northbound Red Line Trains will operate on the outer northbound track. During this time, northbound Red Line trains will not stop at Bryn Mawr, Thorndale and Granville stations.
Customers who wish to board northbound trains at these stations can board southbound trains to Berwyn and transfer to a northbound train. Northbound customers who wish to exit at these stations will need to travel to Loyola station and transfer to a southbound Red Line train, which will make all stops
10 p.m. Wednesday, January 3 to 4 a.m. Thursday, January 4 southbound Red Line trains will operate on the outer southbound track. During this time, southbound Red Line trains will not stop at Jarvis, Morse and Loyola stations. Southbound customers who wish to exit at these stations will need to travel to Granville station and transfer to a northbound Red Line train, which will make all stops. Customers who wish to board southbound trains at these stations can board northbound trains to Howard and transfer to a southbound train.# # #