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    With lots of travelers expected in Chicago and surrounding areas this holiday weekend, some public transit systems have alerts for riders.

    Most Metra trains will not operate on a holiday schedule for the schedule for the weekend. Instead the railway will provide extra, modified services beginning Thursday.

    All lines, except Metra Electric, will have normal schedules Friday and Saturday. Metra Electric will operate on a normal schedule Friday and a holiday schedule Saturday.

    Two additional trains will be added to the Milwaukee District North and West rails and one extra train will be added to the Union Pacific North, West and Northwest lines on Saturday.

    The Chicago Transit Authority will also offer increased services for the weekend.

    The agency said it will provide additional rail service starting early Friday morning. Increased bus service will also be provided along routes serving Navy Pier and downtown Loop and lakefront areas. Additional buses will be available at Soldier Field for the Grateful Dead performances as well.

    Some buses may be rerouted for the events or heavy pedestrian and traffic congestion.

    Buses and trains will operate on a holiday schedule Friday but will resume to a normal schedule on Saturday, the CTA announced.

    Here’s a look at the train schedules for the weekend:

    Red Line
    • Friday: Longer trains will operate until 1 a.m.
    • Saturday: Longer trains will operate beginning with the start of service until 1 a.m.; more frequent service will be provided from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m.
    • Sunday: Longer trains will operate until 1 a.m.

    Blue Line
    • Friday: Longer trains will operate beginning 5 a.m. until 1 a.m.
    • Saturday: Longer trains will operate from 4 p.m. until 1 a.m. In addition, trains will run more frequently from approximately 8:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.
    • Sunday: Longer trains will operate from 4 p.m. until midnight.

    Brown Line
    • Friday: Longer trains will operate during all service hours.
    • Saturday: Longer trains will operate beginning at 4 p.m. until end of service; more frequent service will be provided from 6:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.
    • Sunday: Longer trains will operate beginning at 4 p.m. until end of service.

    Green Line
    • Friday: Longer trains will operate during all service hours.
    • Saturday/Sunday: Longer trains will operate from 4 p.m. until end of service.
    Orange Line
    • Friday: Longer trains will operate during all service hours.
    • Saturday: Longer trains will operate from 4 p.m. until the end of service. In addition, trains will run more frequently from 8:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.
    • Sunday: Longer trains will operate from 4 p.m. until end of service.

    Pink Line
    • Saturday: Longer trains will operate from 4 p.m. until end of service.

    Purple Line
    • Saturday: Longer trains will operate from 4 p.m. until end of service.

    All stroller and carts will need to be folded before boarding buses and trains on Saturday and no bikes will be allowed for the day.

    Officials advise leaving extra time for travel.
     

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