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CTA providing free rides for New Year’s Eve

The CTA will also run longer trains and boost operation of several bus lines

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As it has been for numerous years now, the CTA will be providing free rides once again for New Year’s Eve. To encourage city residents and visitors to leave their cars at home and use public transit, the CTA will be offering free rides beginning at 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve and ending at 4 a.m. on New Year's Day. The CTA suggests that folks still have a transit card loaded with some cash on hand should they be traveling before or after the free rides period as stations are expected to be quite busy during the holiday weekend.

And to help ease congestion, the CTA will be running longer trains along the Red, Blue, Green, Brown, and Orange lines. In addition, the CTA will be running more busses along numerous lines, including the #22 Clark, #29 State, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago, #124 Navy Pier, and #151 Sheridan. And like last year, the rides will be entirely free, so don’t worry about having to have any pennies on hand to get on a train or bus.