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Chicago: CTA to Begin Faster Bus Boarding Pilot on Loop Link Downtown

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    Chicago: CTA to Begin Faster Bus Boarding Pilot on Loop Link Downtown

    As part of CTA’s continuing efforts to improve service for customers, the CTA has announced that it will launch a pilot that would allow customers to board buses more quickly by pre-paying their fares at the Madison and Dearborn bus station along Loop Link.

    Beginning on September 19th, customers will no longer have to pay fares as they board westbound Loop Link buses during evening rush periods (3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.). Instead, they will be able to prepay their fares before entering the bus station on Madison at Dearborn, allowing them to board buses more quickly and therefore allowing buses to depart more efficiently, improving the quality of bus service in the Loop.

    “By allowing CTA bus customers to pay fares in advance much like they do to ride the “L”, we will be able to determine how much more quickly customers are able to board buses and how bus service reliability is improved,” said CTA President Dorval Carter. “This pilot is the latest in a series of improvements we are making to CTA bus service, as part of our commitment to enhancing service and providing a world-class transit experience.”

    Loop Link launched in December 2015 to make service in the downtown Loop easier, safer and more reliable. Loop Link provides a balanced separation of CTA bus, bike and regular traffic with dedicated lanes on Washington, Madison and Clinton (improvements to Canal and Randolph to complete the project are coming soon). The new configuration has helped to improve speed and service for seven CTA bus routes that travel the corridor. ………………..(more)





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