Metra, CTA to offer extra service for Lollapalooza

July 27, 2017

Public transit is THE best way to get to the four-day festival in Grant Park

With thousands of music fans expected to descend upon Chicago’s Grant Park to enjoy one of the country’s most popular music festivals, Metra and CTA are adding service and expanding capacity to serve customers throughout the Chicago area.

Starting Thursday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 6, Metra will provide extra trains, expand passenger capacity and adjust schedules on most lines to accommodate the increase in ridership anticipated during the four-day event. CTA will add service on rail lines and bus routes, including routes that bring riders from Union Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center to Grant Park.

“Lollapalooza attracts music lovers from all over the world to enjoy a diverse lineup of artists in a uniquely Chicago setting,” said Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno. “By adding service and offering discounted train tickets, we are making Metra the best way to travel into the city to enjoy this festival.”

“Without a doubt, public transit is the fastest, most convenient and most affordable way to visit Lollapalooza,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. “CTA will have ample train and bus service to get music fans to the festival easily and comfortably.”

This year, Metra is offering unlimited ride, two-day train passes to Lollapalooza. A pass for Thursday, Aug. 3 and Friday, Aug. 4 costs $10 and is valid after 9:30 a.m. For Saturday, Aug. 5 and Sunday, Aug. 6, festival-goers can purchase an $8 pass that will be valid all day. Train passes are on sale now at all ticket windows, including all downtown and outlying stations, and on the free Ventra App, available in the App Store or Google Play.

CTA will offer limited-edition farecard wallets to riders who purchase 7-day, 3-day or 1-day unlimited ride passes.  The farecard wallets, featuring Lollapalooza artwork, will be available with unlimited ride pass purchases at select CTA stations starting August 2. Locations will be announced on August 1.

For more information on Lollapalooza service offer by Metra and CTA, visit metrarail.com/lollapalooza2017 or transitchicago.com/lolla  

Twitter: @metra and @cta

About Metra
Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties in northeastern Illinois. The agency provides service to and from downtown Chicago with 241 stations over 11 routes totaling nearly 500 route miles and approximately 1,200 miles of track. Metra operates more than 700 weekday trains, providing about 300,000 passenger trips each weekday.

About CTA
The CTA operates the nation's second largest public transportation system and covers the City of Chicago and 35 surrounding suburbs. On an average weekday, CTA serves more than 1.6 million riders.

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