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There May Be More People on the CTA as Capacity is Increased

You may start to see more people on the el or bus since capacity limits have been increased on the CTA:

With the demand growing for public transportation as more people receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the Chicago Transit Authority on Sunday increased capacity on buses and trains.

Capacity on standard buses has increased from 15 to 20 individuals, while capacity on larger buses and rail cars has gone up from 22 to 33 people, the agency said in a news release.

"It still isn’t as packed as it normally is," rider Savannah Parker said Sunday when asked about the capacity adjustments. "There is still space to sit down."

CTA's changes align with the reopening framework laid out by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and are similar to steps taken in other large cities across the country.

All the other guidelines still are in place like social distancing and masks.


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