The Chicago Transit Authority says it will run longer trains and expand service into the evening tomorrow to accommodate the more than 1 million people expected to turn out for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s Election Day rally in Grant Park.
Agency officials say six rail lines – the Brown, Pink, Green and Orange, Purple and Yellow – operate at rush-hour levels of service after the rally through 2 a.m. Blue, Red, Orange and Brown line trains will run with eight-car trains throughout the evening.
In addition, eight bus routes (#3, #4, #6, #12, #14, #126, #146, #147) will operate in the Loop until 2 a.m.
Due to street closures around Grant Park, boarding for most northbound buses will take place at LaSalle Street and boarding for southbound buses will occur on Madison between Dearborn and Clark.
Bicycles will not be allowed on trains from 4 p.m. tomorrow until 4 a.m. Wednesday morning. CTA say it will begin rush hour service levels in the early afternoon tomorrow to accommodate those who leave work early.
Obama, the junior senator from Illinois and a Democrat, is running against U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the presidential election. Voters also get to vote for a number of local candidates and issues.
Chicago polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow.
Amy Lee is a Chicago-based journalist. She covers transit issues for the Daily News.