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Public Transportation Offers Best Travel Option for Summer Events_June 9

June 9, 2016

RTA Trip Planner offers easy way to plan routes

CHICAGO – Summer fun is just a short ride away and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is reminding riders that public transportation offers a fast and convenient way to get around the region. Take a bus or train to avoid sitting in traffic and paying for parking to meet friends and family or just enjoy our region.

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 by using 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:

  • Ribfest Chicago - Enjoy this three-day event that has been featured on the Food Network and has been rated the #1 Best Food Fest twice by Chicago Reader. Ribfest is June 10- 12 at Lincoln Avenue/Damen Avenue/Irving Park Road and includes an amateur rib eating contest and live entertainment. Learn more about RibfestChicago.
  • Chicago Blues Festival - More than a half a million people will come from all over to descend on the streets of Jackson Boulevard and Columbus Drive to attend the world's  largest blues festival from June 10 -12. Five stages of famous blues artists will take the stage. Learn more about this year's Chicago Blues Festival.
  • Pilsen Food Truck Social - Join the fun at this food truck festival complete with some of the hottest food trucks in the region. Foodies can choose from a variety of delicious savory items to tantalizing and tasty sweet treats parked at 18th and Allport Streets on June 11 and 12. Learn more about the Pilsen Food Truck Social.


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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