CTA will make it easier to get to and from Lollapalooza

The CTA will provide extra bus and rail service this weekend to accommodate Lollapalooza fans. And in this case, the Chicago Transit Authority is the way to go to Grant Park, and other events on this busy summer weekend.

All weekend, longer trains will operate until 11:30 p.m. on the Pink, Green and Orange lines.  On the Blue and Red lines, extra service will operate until 11:30 p.m. and longer trains will operate until midnight.

Longer trains will operate on the Brown Line from the Loop until 11:30 p.m. all weekend and more frequent service will be provided on Friday and Sunday. Service hours on the Yellow Line will be extended to 1 a.m. leaving from Howard station, while Purple Line trains will operate on a normal schedule throughout the weekend.

Bus service. The #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express bus route will have increased frequency of service from 9 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. on Friday, operating approximately every 10 minutes.

Bus reroutes: From 6:30 p.m. Thursday until approximately noon Monday, the #2 Hyde Park, #6 Jackson Park Express, #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #14 Jeffery Express, #26 South Shore Express and #X28 Stony Island Express buses will be detoured due to street closures for the set-up, duration and clean-up of Lollapalooza 2011.

Streets that will be closed during this time are: Columbus Drive between Roosevelt and Monroe, Jackson Drive between Columbus and Michigan, Congress Parkway between Columbus and Michigan and Balbo Drive between Columbus and Michigan.

Northbound #2 and #10 buses will travel over their regular routes along Columbus to Roosevelt then will operate via Roosevelt, Michigan to Balbo and then resume their regular routes. Southbound #2 and #10 buses will travel the reverse route.

Northbound #6, #14, #26 and #X28 buses will operate over their regular routes along Columbus to Roosevelt then will travel via Roosevelt to Michigan and then resume their regular routes north of Balbo. Southbound #6, #14, #26 and #X28 buses will travel the reverse route.

Customers should allow extra travel time.

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  • I'm starting to wonder how, if CTA is broke and loses about $1.00 per unlinked trip, how it can afford all this extra service? Extra cars on longer L trains off peak are cheap, but is Vanecko paying it for the bus drivers (cf. 500 Words)?

  • In reply to jack:

    They're affording it by not using the fans to ventilate the subway tunnels downtown.
    I was in the Lake St. station on the Red Line yesterday & that was a mistake.
    First I waited over 10 minutes for a train at 9:40 in the morning.
    But it was hotter in the station than I've ever experienced before in the summer.
    Between weeks of 90+ temps, all 8 car trains with the A/C running & the heat put out from the rheostatic brakes, it was at least 95 degrees in the station.
    Using the trains as pistons to push out the stale air & suck in fresh air isn't working!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    That only works if that discourages enough riders that they are not losing the $1 per trip.

    Apparently, the heat output is so bad that the geothermal cooling inherent in the subway is not working.

    However, my first sentence here technically is contradictory to my first post. However, I left out of the first: how many of the riders on the extra buses are using passes rather than per ride media? Not going to make anything extra off them, unless this motivates them to buy a 1 day pass that they otherwise would not.

    Finally, Scooter, you could be living in Texas, where they say that tap water is now 96 degrees, and they have to import power from Mexico.

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