July 27, 2000

Extra CTA buses and longer trains will serve the downtown area Saturday, July 29, for spectators attending 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.

Longer trains will operate through the Loop on the Red, Brown, Green and Orange Lines until about midnight. Extra service will also be provided on the Blue Line. This will be one of the first opportunities for customers to leave the Loop late Saturday night on Brown Line trains since weekend service was extended to 11:50 p.m. two weeks ago. Also for Venetian Night, Purple Line trains, which provide shuttle service between Linden and Howard for connections with the Red Line, will operate with more cars than usual throughout the evening.

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

Also serving Navy Pier will be extra buses on the #29 State, #56 Milwaukee, #65 Grand and #66 Chicago routes, which regularly operate to the pier throughout the year.

After the fireworks end, extra buses will also be in service on the #6 Jeffery Express, #62 Archer, #146 Marine/Michigan 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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