July 27, 1999

A flotilla of extra CTA buses and longer trains will sail into the downtown area Saturday, July 31, to serve spectators viewing the annual Venetian Night parade of boats along the lakefront at Monroe Harbor. The grand procession of boats will be followed by a display of fireworks that will be visible from Navy Pier as well as Grant Park.

Red Line trains will operate through the Loop more frequently than usual for a Saturday night from about 8:30 p.m. until midnight. The Blue and Orange Lines will maintain their regular Saturday night schedules, but will operate with longer trains than usual until midnight. Brown Line trains, which normally do not serve the Loop after 8 p.m. on Saturday, will operate downtown until midnight. Purple Line shuttle trains from Linden, which connect to the Red Line at Howard, will operate with four cars instead of two from 3:30 p.m. until 1:45 a.m.

Buses on CTA's #121 Navy Pier Express route will serve riders traveling to Navy Pier from Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center (formerly NorthWestern Station). Running every 10 minutes from 3 until 8:30 p.m., #121 buses will stop for Union Station northbound on Canal at Adams, and for Ogilvie Center on Canal at both Madison and Washington before running express to Navy Pier. After the fireworks end, extra #121 buses will make return trips to the stations from Navy Pier.

Also serving Navy Pier after the fireworks end will be extra buses on the #29 State, #65 Grand and #66 Chicago routes. In addition, #56 Milwaukee buses will provide regular Saturday service to Navy Pier.

Waiting to carry riders from Grant Park after the fireworks will be extra buses on the #6 Jeffery Express and #62 Archer routes, which will be staged southbound on Michigan at Jackson. Awaiting riders northbound on Michigan at Jackson will be extra buses on the #56 Milwaukee, #146 Marine/Michigan and #151 Sheridan routes.

For details about all CTA service, call 836-7000 (all local area codes).

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