CHICAGO (STMW)– The CTA is providing extra service for both Bulls and Blackhawks fans heading to playoff games this weekend.

On Saturday at noon, the Chicago Bulls begin the first round of the 2011 playoffs with a game against the Indiana Pacers. Game two is Monday at 8:30 p.m., a release from the CTA said.

The Blackhawks continue their series against the Vancouver Canucks in the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday at 7 p.m. and Tuesday at 7 p.m.

No.19 buses will leave every 12-15 minutes from Michigan and Randolph beginning 90 minutes before the start of each match. After each match, No.19 buses will wait for customers on the north side of the United Center eastbound on Madison near Gate 3 and will depart approximately every 15 minutes for one hour, the release said.

Due to the Wacker Drive construction project, the following changes are in effect along the route: Eastbound buses will operate over the regular route along Washington to Clinton, then will travel via Clinton, Monroe, Franklin to Washington and then resume the regular route.

CTA’s No.20 Madison bus route, which operates between Austin and Michigan, also provides direct service to the United Center as does the No.50 Damen route which operates between Ashland/Clark and 35th/Archer.

In addition to buses, customers can also reach the United Center via the Green and Pink lines. Both stop at the Ashland/Lake station, just a few blocks from the stadium. The Blue Line is also an option as the Illinois Medical District station on the Forest Park branch of the Blue Line is a few blocks south of the United Center.

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