Embattled Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and four other Bears players can be heard on CTA bus routes near Soldier Field, the Red and Green lines and some other busy bus lines.
The announcements from the players — Cutler, tight end Martellus Bennett, linebacker Jared Allen, cornerback Kyle Fuller and offensive lineman Kyle Long — are running on 16 bus routes that serve stops at/near Soldier Field (including the #128 Soldier Field Express, which runs between the Metra stations and the stadium on game days), and some of our highest ridership routes (e.g. the lakefront routes, #79 79th Street and #66 Chicago, among others.)
UPDATE: The Bears players are doing these announcements for free.
The script is: "Hi CTA riders. This is Jay Cutler reminding you that the CTA is a great way to see the Bears play at Soldier Field."
Click to hear them:
The announcements also are aired occasionally on the Red and Green lines, which both serve the Roosevelt station, the closest rail stop to Soldier Field.
The announcements alternate between players, and run just once each during a bus' route (roughly every 15-20 minutes.) The CTA is purposely keeping the frequency low so as not to add too much additional audio on top of existing announcements.
Now, if only the CTA could reduce the frequency of game-changing interceptions by Cutler....
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