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South Shore trains expecting heavy crowds for Blackhawks parade

The South Shore trains are planning several accomodations to help with increased crowds.

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on June 27, 2013 at 12:45 p.m.

If you’re planning to head to Chicago to celebrate the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup victory this weekend, expect the South Shore trains to be very crowded.

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District is requesting eastbound passengers to board South Shore trains at Van Buren or Millennium Station, as other stations aren’t designed to handle the expected crowds, according to a press release. Travelers getting on the train at the Van Buren Street station must board from the track two platform between noon and 3:20 p.m. Friday, June 28.

NICTD is adding cars to off-peak trains, adding an extra westbound train in the Train 14 time slot and adding an extra eastbound train in the early afternoon to help with overcrowding.

Alcohol is banned on all trains due to the Blackhawks’ celebration, according to the press release. During the 2010 Blackhawks Stanley Cup celebration, daily ridership increased from 12,000 to 21,000 passengers. Passengers should expect very crowded conditions, especially on eastbound trains departing from Chicago after noon Friday.

The Blackhawks parade is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday. The team will parade down Washington Street through downtown from the United Center to Grant Park.

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