March 19, 2004

The Chicago Transit Authority will hold a public meeting to discuss making service modifications to four bus routes that serve downtown permanent. The meeting will take place Tuesday, March 23, at 6 p.m. in the 7th floor Board Room of the CTA's Merchandise Mart headquarters. The facility is accessible to customers with disabilities.

In April 2003 the Chicago Transit Board approved experimental service modifications to the routes. The changes have been in effect on a temporary basis since June 20, 2003. Surveys show the changes have been well received by customers.

The routes to be discussed are:

#56 Milwaukee buses now terminate at Michigan and Madison instead of Navy Pier. This has resulted in greater reliability of the route.

#124 Navy Pier buses now operate seven days a week. Service operates from approximately 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. (midnight during summer months). The route name is officially changed to #124 Navy Pier, dropping the term ?Express," to reflect its local operation through the Loop.

#122 Illinois Center/North Western Express buses now operate on street level instead of on to Lower Wacker Drive.

#123 Illinois Center/Union Express buses now operate on street level instead of on Lower Wacker Drive and customers now board on the south side of Jackson between Clinton and Canal to ease congestion at Union Station.

The CTA will make a presentation concerning the proposal. Written comments may be submitted up to three days after the meeting date by writing to Chicago Transit Authority, P.O. Box 3555, Chicago, IL 60654, Attention: Greg Longhini, Assistant Secretary.

Information on all CTA service can be found by calling 836-7000 from any local area code or on the web site at www.transitchicago.com.

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