July 25, 2002

Extra CTA buses and longer trains will serve the downtown area Saturday, July 27, for spectators attending the 45th Annual Venetian Night parade of boats along the lakefront at Monroe Harbor near Buckingham Fountain.

The Lighted Boat Parade from Shedd Aquarium to Monroe Harbor is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m., and will be followed by a display of fireworks that will be visible from Navy Pier as well as Grant Park.

Longer trains will operate through the Loop on the Red, Blue, Brown, Green and Orange Lines until about midnight. Red, Blue and Brown Line trains will also operate more frequently throughout the evening.

Additional Customer Assistants will be available at downtown stations to help customers with their travel needs. To speed their trips away from downtown at the end of the evening, customers are encouraged to purchase Transit Cards in advance with sufficient value to pay for homebound trips.

Visitors to Navy Pier will be served by #124 Navy Pier Express buses from Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center (North Western Station), starting at 10 a.m. Operating every 15 minutes, #124 buses stop for the stations on Canal at Adams, Madison and Washington before running express to Navy Pier. The last bus to the stations will leave Navy Pier at midnight.

Also serving Navy Pier will be extra buses on the #29 State, #56 Milwaukee and #66 Chicago routes, which operate to the pier throughout the year. Additional service will also be provided on the #60 Blue Island/26th route, which operates east on Jackson to Michigan and via Randolph to Harbor Drive.

After the fireworks end, extra buses will also be in service on the #6 Jeffery Express, #62 Archer, #146 Marine/Michigan Express and #151 Sheridan routes, which regularly operate outbound from the Loop on State.

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

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