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Forrest Claypool

The Chicago Transit Authority's budget 'turnaround'

The Chicago Transit Authority's budget 'turnaround'

For the second year in a row, the CTA's public budget hearing was mostly not about the budget. Most of those in attendance Monday night came to plead for the restoration of the No. 11 bus service along Lincoln Avenue on the North Side. Last year's hearing turned into a gripe session about the rocky rollout of the Ventra fare card system. Riders haven't had a lot to complain about with recent CTA budgets. This year's $1.4 billion plan holds the line on fares for the second straight year while adding a few trains on the Orange and Blue lines. It's the fourth budget in a row that doesn't raid the capital fund to pay for day-to-day expenses. Give CTA...