How to ride CTA amid Chicago Pride Parade

The CTA is implementing rules and additional service for the Chicago Pride Parade Sunday.

Riders will not be permitted to bring bikes on trains Sunday, but bikes will still be allowed on buses. Buses are equipped to carry two bikes.

Bikes are typically allowed on CTA trains when it's not rush hour, on Saturdays and Sundays, and during most holidays. The CTA said the Pride Parade rule is for rider safety and to ensure there's enough capacity during this busy ridership weekend.

Also, riders will have to fold strollers and carts before boarding buses Sunday. The CTA doesn't normally have a strict rule about strollers but the agency does encourage riders to fold up strollers when the bus is crowded.

The Chicago Pride Parade kicks off at noon Sunday at Montrose and Broadway and winds south to Lincoln Park. Last year's parade drew more than a million revelers, many of whom took CTA trains.

To deal with the crowds, the CTA is adding service this weekend. On Saturday, longer trains will operate for the Gospel Music Fest at Ellis Park at 37th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue.

On Sunday, longer trains will run on the Orange, Green, Purple and Blue lines. On the Brown Line, longer trains will operate from Kimball every eight minutes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On the Red Line, trains will operate every five minutes from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. From Howard, trains will run every five minutes from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The CTA is also encouraging riders to buy their passes before Sunday. This is the last weekend riders can use disposable magnetic cards but they cannot load more money onto them. The CTA will complete its transition to Ventra Tuesday.