CTA Schedules Public Hearing on University of Chicago Bus Routes

March 8, 2007

The Chicago Transit Authority will hold a public hearing to present its proposal to permanently adopt service changes for bus routes serving the University of Chicago, U of C Hospitals and the Hyde Park neighborhood. The meeting will be held Wednesday, March 14 at 6 p.m. at the University of Chicago Social Services Administration Building, 969 E. 60th Street, Room E1. The facility is accessible to people with disabilities.

Operating since August 2006 as an experiment, the service enhancements were made to six existing routes, the #170 U of C/Midway, #171 U of C/Hyde Park, #172 U of C/Kenwood, #173 U of C/Lakeview Express, #174 U of C/Garfield Stations and #192 University of Chicago Hospitals Express. The enhancements were designed to increase service frequency and expand service throughout Hyde Park and surrounding communities. Changes to the bus routes provide connecting service to the University campus and the Hospital, Garfield Green Line and Garfield Red Line stations, Union station and Ogilvie Transportation Center.

Details outlining the service are available at www.transitchicago.com in the Reports & Notices section under Notice of Public Hearing or at CTA's Main Office, 2nd Floor, 567 W. Lake Street.

Throughout the course of the experimental period, adjustments were made to more effectively meet the needs of customers based on University and customer feedback, as well as observation and analysis by CTA staff.

The public has until Monday, March 19 to comment on the proposal by writing to Chicago Transit Authority, P.O. Box 7567, Chicago, IL 60680, Attention: Gregory Longhini, Assistant Secretary, or by e-mail to ctaboard@transitchicago.com.

In addition to the service agreements with the University of Chicago, CTA has service agreements in place with UPS and Harborquest for Avon.

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