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CTA unveils special New Year's Eve schedules

December 30, 2013|By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz | RedEye

It pays to take the CTA on New Year’s Eve. CTA riders won’t have to pay for their fares from 10 p.m. Tuesday until 4 a.m. Wednesday, thanks to MillerCoors, which is once again picking up the CTA tab as part of a three year, $1.3 million deal.

In the past, riders have had to pay a penny to ride on New Year’s Eve, but MillerCoors is covering the cost of the penny too. Rail riders need to use main station entrances, not auxiliary turnstiles, to get the special fare.

Last year, the CTA said there were about 150,000 rides during the penny promotion. There were 1.1 million total entries on Dec. 31, 2012, according to CTA data. The Chicago Red Line stop saw the most entries that day (10,486) while the Noyes Purple Line station was the least popular (153 entries).

Because of New Year’s Eve demand, the CTA has planned rail and bus changes. Some routes will see longer and more frequent service.

>> Red Line: Trains will run every 8 to 10 minutes from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m., and every 15 minutes from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.

>> Blue Line: Trains will run every 10 to 12 minutes from 8 p.m. until 12:30 a.m., and every 12 to 15 minutes from 2:30 a.m. to 5 a.m.

>> Brown, Green, Orange and Pink lines: Trains will serve Loop stations until 1:30 a.m., running every 10 to 15 minutes.

>> Purple and Yellow Lines: Trains from the Howard terminal will serve Purple and Yellow line stops until 2 a.m., operating every 15 minutes.

>> The Nos. 6 Jackson Park Express, 29-State, 65-Grand, 66-Chicago, 124-Navy Pier and 151-Sheridan buses will see more frequent and later service.

>> The Nos. 4-Cottage Grove and 22-Clark will see more frequent service.

Bus and rail service will operate on a Sunday/Holiday schedule Wednesday.

Stationary

A weekly dispatch from a CTA station of note

This week: Morse Red Line stop

For all the good work the CTA did last year to spruce up the Morse station in Rogers Park, including new paint and lights and concrete and sidewalk repairs, more work needs to be done to improve the track. About 15 percent of the North Side Red Line, including by Morse, is under slow zone this month. The CTA announced plans this year to improve the slow zones on the Blue and Brown Lines, while the agency this fall rid the southern portion of the Red Line of slow track. The northern section of the Red Line is in need of attention too.

Next up: King Drive Green Line

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