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Public Transportation Offers Best Travel Option for NFL Draft Festivities

May 1, 2015

RTA Trip Planner offers easy way to plan routes

CHICAGO – With the NFL Draft in town, the region will be bustling with activities this weekend and drivers will likely experience lots of traffic. The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is reminding riders that they can beat the traffic by taking the fastest and most convenient mode to get around the region- public transportation.

Riders can use the RTA’s Trip Planner to plan travel and select routes with ADA accessible services when necessary.  It is the only online site in the region that provides a variety of options for getting around the region, including transit, walking, bicycling and driving. For more information about how the RTA Trip Planner can help you plan your next trip, visit

Enjoy some of these featured weekend events:

  • NFL FLAG Festival – Enjoy this one-day flag football tournament that will take place on the Hutchinson Fields in Grant Park, Saturday, May 2. More than 800 participant are expected to take part in this first ever NFL FLAG Festival. Adults and youth can sign up at
  • Family Football Clinic – The NFL and USA Football will host a family football clinic on Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The clinic is open to kids and parents, and will offer kids an opportunity to participate in a youth football clinic while their parents listen to football themed discussion panels. Parents will also have the opportunity to take to the field to participate in Heads Up Tackling drills. Learn more by visiting

Check out the full list of NFL Draft events by visiting


About the RTA

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is the only transit agency charged with regional financial oversight, funding, and transit planning for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace bus and paratransit.    Riders take more than two million trips each weekday on the RTA region’s transit system in six counties with 7,200 transit route miles throughout Northeastern Illinois.  The Agency also provides customer services including online and telephone travel planning assistance and travel training for seniors and people with disabilities.  For more information, visit


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Melissa Meyer

Communications Manager
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