June 5, 2003

Extra CTA service will be provided for the 19th Annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival in Grant Park Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8. Performances will be held at the Petrillo Music Shell on Jackson at Columbus Drive all three evenings.

Friday night's performances will run from 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Performances on Saturday and Sunday will take place from noon until 9:30 p.m.

During the festival, and for other summer events, the CTA will operate longer trains. There also will be extra customer assistants at all Loop rail stations to help customers with information about service and fares until late each night. In anticipation of large crowds, Yellow Line service will run until midnight following Friday's performances and Yellow Line trains will operate between 10 a.m. and midnight Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to rail service, CTA's #6 Jeffery Express buses and most other bus routes entering the downtown area will serve the Gospel Music Festival. Customers arriving on a northbound #6 bus can exit on Michigan at Congress, cross the viaduct to Columbus, and go north to Jackson. Southbound #6 buses make stops on State from Washington to Congress then go east to Michigan and south to Roosevelt, where they enter Grant Park for express trips south on Lake Shore Drive.

#6 Jeffery Express buses serve downtown until 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday nights, and until 12:30 a.m. on Sundays, operating every 10 minutes or less most of the day and evening.

For travel information, call 836-7000 from any local area code or visit CTA's web site at www.transitchicago.com.

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