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Public Transportation Offers Best Travel Option for Summer Festivals

July 8, 2015

RTA Trip Planner offers easy way to plan routes to July 10 weekend festivities

CHICAGO – Summer fun is just a short ride away and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is reminding riders that they can beat the traffic by taking the fastest and most convenient way to get around the region: public transportation. Take a bus or train to enjoy family time, meet friends at an event or just enjoy our great city.

Riders can use the RTA’s Trip Planner to plan travel and select routes with ADA accessible services when necessary.  It is the only website 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:

  • Irish American Heritage Festival - Enjoy the finest in local and international Irish and American music, dance and family activities from July 10-12 at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Avenue, Chicago. Learn more about the Irish American Heritage festival.
  • 35th Annual Taste of Chicago – Get your taste buds ready for delicious fare from some of the area's best restaurants, and performances from up-and-coming and established Chicago artists, July 8–12 in Grant Park. Learn more about the Taste of Chicago.
  • Taste of Westmont – Enjoy Westmont’s award-winning summer festival just off of Metra’s Fairview stop along the BNSF from July 9-12. The festival will be filled with family fun with delicious cuisine from local restaurants, carnival specials, craft shows, kids activities, face painting and lots more. Learn more about Taste of Westmont.


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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