The Chicago Transit Authority will continue its tradition of offering penny rides on New Year’s Eve beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31 until 6 a.m. Thursday, January 1 (New Year’s Day). Later service hours will also be in effect on several bus and rail routes making CTA a convenient, safe and affordable travel alternative for those out celebrating the New Year.
Please Note: All CTA bus and rail service will operate on a regular schedule on Wednesday, December 31 and on a Sunday/Holiday schedule Thursday, January 1. Additional service will be provided for the NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field (see separate release).
#4 Cottage Grove buses will operate all night between Washington/State and 95th/Cottage Grove. Buses will operate every 15 minutes north of 63rd and Cottage Grove and every 30 minutes south of 63rd.
#6 Jackson Park Express buses will operate southbound from downtown every
15 minutes until 3:15 a.m. The last northbound trip to downtown will leave 79th/South Shore Drive at 2:15 a.m.
#20 Madison buses will operate with more frequent service between Austin and Washington and State every 15 minutes during the overnight period.
#22 Clark buses will operate with more frequent service between Polk/Clark and the Howard Red Line station every 15 to 20 minutes during the overnight period.
#29 State buses will operate in both directions all night between Navy Pier and Roosevelt/State in both directions. Service will be scheduled to operate every 15 minutes or better. Additionally, service will be scheduled to operate southbound only all night from Navy Pier to 95th/State.
#65 Grand buses will operate westbound from Navy Pier to Grand and Nordica until
3 a.m. The last eastbound bus to Navy Pier will leave Grand and Nordica at 2 a.m. Service will operate every 15 minutes.
#66 Chicago buses operate westbound from Navy Pier to Chicago and Austin Avenue until 3 a.m. The last eastbound bus from Austin Avenue to Navy Pier will leave at midnight. Regular Night Owl service will operate between State/Washington and Chicago/Pulaski.
#124 Navy Pier buses will operate southbound from Navy Pier to the Millennium Park Randolph Street Station, Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station until 1 a.m. The last northbound trip to Navy Pier from Union Station will be at 12:30 a.m.
#151 Sheridan buses will operate throughout the evening southbound between the Red Line Howard station and Union Station. Owl service will operate every 15 minutes south of Foster and every 30 minutes north of Foster.
The last trip on all Brown, Orange, Pink and Green Line trains will leave downtown at 1:30 a.m. from the following downtown stations:
- Brown Line – Washington/Wells
- Green Line – Adams (northbound) and Clinton (southbound)
- Orange Line – Library-State/Van Buren
- Pink Line – Clark/Lake
Purple Line trains will operate from Howard to Linden until 2:00 a.m.
More frequent service will operate on the Red Line (every 10 minutes) and Blue Line Forest Park and O’Hare branches (every 15 minutes) which operate 24 hours daily.
Yellow Line trains will operate from Howard to Skokie until 2:00 a.m.
For details about all CTA service on New Year’s Eve call 836-7000 (all local area codes) or visit the CTA web site at www.transitchicago.com
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