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If you will be participating in Spring Fling and getting around via public transportation, instead of paying the cost of a single ride every time you board a bus or train consider buying a CTA transit card from the kiosks at the airports, online or at any train station in the downtown area.

Friday, May 29th
Transportation for Friday's CBG trip will be via public transit - a commuter line traveling against rush hour and generally sparsely occupied. If we arrive at the station a bit early we should be able to ride together on one or two train cars. We anticipate this to be a low-stress, comfortable, economical trip, and the CBG trolleys will be waiting for us at the train station to shuttle us to the CBG entrance.

Saturday, May 30th
We've reserved a 52-passenger ADA charter bus for Saturday. The bus will board at Club Quarters Hotel at 9:30 a.m. with stops at each of our destinations, then back to Club Quarters at about 5:00 p.m. For those not attending the Bayless garden tour, we'll arrange for the bus to circle back and pick you up at Club Quarters at 10:30 a.m.

Seats on the bus are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. We've reserved the largest bus available, and with the number of participants registered for Spring Fling it's possible we could reach or exceed capacity.

The cost per person is $26.00. In order to expedite this process you may reserve your seat by paying for it via PayPal here, with no additional registration forms to complete. *UPDATE 5/12/09* We've extended registration for the bus. Participants still wishing to ride the charter bus on Saturday may use the PayPal link above to reserve their seats.

If the bus is filled to capacity, the cost could drop to as low as $20.00 per person. If that occurs we'll refund overpayments in cash at Spring Fling. Because we can't predict how many people will reserve a seat, we felt this would be the most efficient way to manage reserving and pricing seats. We hope you'll join us on the bus Saturday.

Sunday, May 31st
Transportation to the Garfield Park Conservatory will be via public transit. The conservatory is easily reached via one quick train ride from the hotel.

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