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1.1 Million People Took The 'L' To The Cubs Rally, The Most Ever For CTA

By Kelly Bauer | November 11, 2016 8:53am | Updated on November 11, 2016 1:40pm
 The CTA saw more than 1.1 million riders for the Cubs Parade, it said.
CTA For The Cubs Parade
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CHICAGO — People took more than 1.1 million rides on the CTA's trains for the Cubs parade and rally, breaking a record.

Those 1.1 million rides mean Nov. 4 was the busiest day the CTA has had on its rails, it said. The next-closest day: Oct. 28, when more than 900,000 people took the "L" for Game 3 of the World Series.

The CTA provided extra service on seven of its eight "L" lines for the morning and afternoon of the Cubs parade and rally, it said. The estimated 5 million people attended the event to honor the Cubs' first World Series win in 108 years.

Including buses, the CTA provided more than 1.9 million rides for the Cubs parade and rally, the second-highest in its history (beat out only by a Fourth of July celebration that led to more than 2 million rides on July 3, 2008), the CTA said.

Metra also broke a record for ridership the day of the Cubs parade and rally: Trains carried more than 460,000 people on the day of the event, about 30,000 more than the previous record set July 3, 2007, according to Metra.

Metra sold more than 110,000 special event tickets for the Cubs events, and its Ventra app saw 290 percent more new users than usual.

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