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CTA Plans More Transit Service to West Side

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The Chicago Transit Authority will experiment with major service changes on the city’s West Side.

Beginning in July, the agency will increase rail service in the area and run new and extended bus routes.

Some residents say the changes are unwise, at a time when the CTA is having budget problems.

Jackie Leavy, with the Neighborhood Capital Budget Group, adds the CTA has done a poor job getting input from local riders.

""There’s been no honest and open dialogue or debate or public hearing process where the public can really examine and weigh in, is this gonna be good for us or bad for us? Is this the best possible way for the CTA to spend our money for our transportation?"" she asks.

But the CTA says it held nine meetings and three open houses in West Side neighborhoods.

The service changes are scheduled to last for six months.

The CTA will then re-evaluate the plan to see if improvements have been made.”

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