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CTA adds cars to Green Line's morning, evening rush hours

Chicago Transit Authority Green Line patrons are getting a little more elbow room; the agency July 15 began operating six-car trains throughout morning and evening rush hours. Prior, CTA ran primarily four-car trains, jumping to six cars only an hour each in the morning and evening.

More cars are available for service because about half the cars in CTA’s fleet are nearing the end of a rehabilitation project, according to a statement prepared July 12.

The Green Line was taken out of service for two years in 1994 while the line was rehabilitated. In 1993, the last full year of service prior to its closing, about 8 million rides were taken. Last year, annual ridership on the Green Line passed 9 million.

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