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CTA rail ridership increases 4.5 percent in 2006

Last year, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) carried 494.8 million rail and bus passengers, the agency’s highest ridership level since 1993 and a 0.5 percent increase compared with 2005 ridership. The authority carried 195.2 million rail passengers, up 4.5 percent, but bus ridership fell 1.6 percent.

Last year, CTA launched several pilot programs, including a new rail route and additional service on the Blue Line’s Forest Park branch. In addition, the agency in recent years has rehabilitated the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line and the 54th/Cermak branch of the Blue Line, which has helped boost ridership.

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