CTA to increase rail, bus service for Blues Fest, other weekend events

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The CTA is increasing service and operating longer trains this weekend to carry commuters to several city events, including the Chicago Blues Fest and Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. | Sun-Times file photo

The CTA will increase service this weekend in anticipation of several city events, including the Chicago Blues Fest and Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Events start Friday and run through Wednesday, June 17. That includes the Chicago Blues Fest in Grant Park; Spring Awakening music festival at Solider Field; Ribfest along Lincoln Avenue; the Mumford and Sons concert at Montrose Harbor; and Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the United Center.

The CTA said it will operate longer trains along the Red, Blue, Brown and Orange lines beginning Friday with the evening rush until about 11:30 p.m. Longer trains will operate between 11 a.m. and until at least 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Additional bus service will also be provided for the No. 146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express bus and the No. 130 Museum Campus bus, the CTA said, which will be useful for those attending Spring Awakening.

Bus and Red Line service will also be increased for the Mumford and Sons concert on June 17. Concert-goers can take the No. 78 Montrose and No. 81 Lawrence buses, which will run more frequently from 4 p.m. until an hour after the concert is over, the CTA said.

More information is available on transitchicago.com.

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