CTA New Year’s Penny Rides

The CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) will be offering penny rides once again this year on New Year’s Eve and morning, through their annual campaign to keep party-goers safe and off of the roads.

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In 2013, there were 991 motor vehicle deaths in the state of Illinois, 389 of which were alcohol related. Although rates of alcohol-related fatalities have significantly dropped since 1990 when the number was 968, alcohol still accounted for 39% of fatal collisions in 2013.

The CTA begins their penny fares at 10 p.m. on Thursday, December 31st, and will conclude at 4 a.m. on Friday, January 1st.

Added service will be available on all elevated train lines and many bus routes. The following is information from transitchicago.org.

 

RAIL SERVICE

Red Line

Longer trains will operate until 3 a.m. In addition, trains will operate more frequently from approximately 1 a.m. until 2 a.m.

Blue Line

Longer trains will operate beginning at 10 p.m. until 3 a.m. In addition, trains will operate more frequently from midnight until 3 a.m.

Green Line

Longer trains will operate beginning at 6 p.m. until end of service from Harlem and from 7 p.m. until end of service from Ashland/63rd and Cottage Grove. The last Green Line train from the Loop will depart at approximately 1:40 a.m.

Brown Line

Longer trains will operate beginning at 9:30 p.m. until end of service. The last Brown Line train from the Loop will depart at approximately 2:20 a.m.

Orange Line

Longer trains will operate from 7 p.m. until end of service. The last Orange Line train from the Loop will depart at approximately 1:40 a.m.

Yellow Line

Yellow Line trains will continue to operate until approximately 2 a.m., from Howard.

Purple Line

Longer trains will operate from 7:30 a.m. until end of service. Purple Line trains will continue to operate until approximately 2 a.m., from Howard.

BUS SERVICE

In anticipation of increased ridership due to New Year’s Eve celebrations, several bus routes will provide more frequent service and/or extended hours. For more information please visit:

#4 Cottage Grove

#6 Jackson Park Express

#22 Clark

#29 State

#65 Grand

#66 Chicago

#77 Belmont

#124 Navy Pier

#151 Sheridan

 

 

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