Take the Bah-Humbug Out of Holiday Travel and Take the CTA to the Airports

December 20, 2011
NOTE:  CTA buses and trains will operate on a regular Saturday schedule on December 24 – Christmas Eve. Sunday/Holiday bus and rail service schedules will be in effect on Sunday, December 25 – Christmas Day – and Monday, December 26.
 
CTA service to both major Chicago airports provides holiday travelers with reliable and economical transportation.   
 
To accommodate the increase in customers traveling to the airports, CTA will operate longer trains on the Brown and Orange lines beginning in the early afternoon hours on Friday, December 23 and then again on Friday, December 30.
 
Air travelers can reach O’Hare Airport in approximately 40 – 45 minutes when taking the Blue Line from the Clark/Lake station in the Loop. Elevated rail customers can transfer to the Blue Line for no additional charge at the Clark/Lake station.  Red Line customers can connect to the Blue Line by using the pedestrian transfer tunnel at Jackson.
 
Also, customers can transfer to the Blue Line from all east-west bus routes between Grand and Foster, and from many north-south bus routes.
 
Orange Line trains provide direct service to Midway Airport, with an estimated travel time of 25-30 minutes between the Loop and Midway. In the Loop, rail customers can transfer to Orange Line trains at the Clark/Lake station for no charge. In addition, Red Line customers can transfer to the Orange Line at the Roosevelt station at no extra charge.  
 
To avoid traffic congestion, customers can combine the convenience of driving with the economical savings of public transit by using CTA Park and Ride facilities. Parking is available for approximately 6,000 cars at CTA’s 17 Park & Ride facilities, mainly at rail terminals, throughout the CTA system. 
 
Park & Ride stations are listed on CTA’s system map and on the CTA’s web site at http://www.transitchicago.com/parking/. Customers may also obtain information on Park & Ride facilities by calling 312-836-7000.
 
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