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Get your way on the CTA

Connector lines, rapid bus transit and more ways to improve the CTA, as told by Time Out Chicago readers

Written by
Kris Vire

Complaining about the El and buses is a favorite pastime of CTA riders, but we're quick to forget just how lucky we are to have decent public transportation. We decided to gather some constructive criticism and asked Time Out Chicago readers—all experts on their own commutes—what they’d do to improve the city’s transit if they were in charge.

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Photograph: Zach Long

"A West Side north-south El line, or at minimum a Red-Brown-Blue connector." —Michael P., Ravenswood

"Extend the Green Line all the way south (both branches) in between the Metra lines." —Lili-Anne B., South Loop

Photograph: CC/Flickr/Daniel X. O'Neil

"Ashland Bus Rapid Transit [would be] a cheaper and easier way to do the Circle Line." —Max B., Lincoln Square

"Better and more regular maintenance. I'd pay higher taxes without a single complaint." —Edward R., Lakeview

Photograph: CC/Flickr/Adam Moss

"Make every stop accessible." —David Z., Rogers Park

Photograph: CC/Flickr/Tripp

"The Silver Line: a track that connects the endpoints of all other lines in Chicagoland." —Ele M., Ravenswood

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"Emulate Berlin! Their ring system (a line circling the city center to connect other lines) would work almost perfectly [if] superimposed on ours." —Alex H., Uptown

Photograph: Flickr/CC/romanboed

"Get rid of that damn light at Lake Shore Drive and Chicago Avenue." —Jason E., Edgewater

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