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BUS & TRAIN

CTA BUSES & TRAINS

The CTA provides bus and train service within the City of Chicago. Bronzeville is served by two CTA train lines (the Red and Green lines), and more than a dozen bus lines. Information about fares, including reduced and youth fares and payment options, can be found here.

Haven’t ridden CTA in a while? Refresh your memory with these basic guides to riding the bus and the train.

There is no additional charge for bringing a bike on CTA. Bikes are welcome on CTA buses at any time; each bus has a two-bike rack on front. See instructions and a video about how to load your bike on the bus here. Bikes are permitted on CTA trains at all times except weekdays from 7 - 9 am and from 4 - 6 pm. For more instructions about bikes on trains, see this page.

Metra provides suburban rail services. Bronzeville is served by the Metra Electric District (numerous stops in Bronzeville) and the Rock Island District (closest Stop: 35th Street/’Lou’ Jones/Bronzeville Station). Metra and CTA fare cards are not interchangeable.

Here is a guide for connecting between regional transit providers.

There are several free online and smartphone-enabled tools to help you plan transit trips. You can also call a help line. See an overview of options here. You can also find out when your bus or train is arriving in real time by text message, web interface, or email.

Ventra is a new combined fare card that can be used on either CTA or Pace suburban buses. Ventra is launching in August for selected riders, and will be available to the general public starting in September. By December 2013, Ventra will have replaced all CTA and Pace cards (including the Chicago Card). Cash fares will still be accepted on buses. Reduced fares will remain the same with Ventra.

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