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CTA wants to drop overnight route in Evanston

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The Chicago Transit Authority plans to increase the the number of daily Purple Line train runs but eliminate the overnight Route 201 bus service in Evanston.

The changes are part of a crowding reduction plan developed with Northwestern University's Transportation Center to comprehensively restructure CTA routes and schedules based on changing ridership patterns.

The Route 201 "Owl" service runs in overnight hours when Purple Line trains are out of service. It travels from Central to Howard Streets along Ridge and Chicago avenues.

The CTA says on weekdays an average of only 46 riders take the 201 overnight bus, or about five people on each run.

The CTA will hold a public hearing on the changes at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at CTA headquarters, 567 W. Lake St. in Chicago.

The CTA Board is scheduled to vote on the plan Sept. 12. Approved changes would take effect Dec. 16. The public can comment on the plan online.

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