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CTA & University of Chicago reach new 5-year bus service deal

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The Chicago Transit Authority will continue to operate four bus lines that serve the University of Chicago campus and surrounding neighborhoods, after the University and the CTA reached a five-year agreement this week. The CTA board approved the contract at its Wednesday meeting, a release from the university said.

The new agreement ensures continued bus service on the existing 170, 171, 172 and 192 routes. Together, these routes provided nearly 1.2 million rides to members of the University of Chicago community and neighboring residents last year, the release said.

Under the agreement, these routes will continue their existing hours of operation along their existing routes:

• 170 University of Chicago/Midway: Travels between 57th Street/Stony Island and 59th Street/Drexel during the morning and evening rush periods on weekdays only (year-round). More than 85,000 rides were provided in 2012.

• 171 University of Chicago/Hyde Park: Operates daily from early September through mid-June and only during the morning and evening rush periods during the summer months. Buses travel between 54th Street/South Shore to 60th Street/University and had nearly 370,000 rides in 2012.

• 172 University of Chicago/Kenwood: Nearly 520,000 rides were recorded along this route in 2012, which operates between Hyde Park/East End and 60th Street/University. Service is provided daily from early September through mid-June and then only during the morning and evening rush periods during the summer months.

• 192 University of Chicago Hospitals Express: Service is provided on weekdays during the morning and evening rush periods between the Ogilvie Transportation Center and the University's campus and hospital. Nearly 210,000 rides were provided along this route in 2012.

Over the last year, the U of C explored several transit options, the university said. Negotiations with CTA, according to Marlon C. Lynch, Associate Vice President for Safety and Security at the University of Chicago, made it clear the agency remained the best positioned to offer comprehensive bus service.

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