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  by E Runs
Chicago Tribune
Reflecting the increasing strain of gridlocked traffic, a majority of Chicago-area residents think improving bus and train service is so important to the region that repairing and expanding expressways and toll roads should take a back seat, a Tribune/WGN poll shows.

Jim Ceithaml, a semiretired teacher from Elgin, said he has given up driving. "I wish the mass-transit system were expanded a lot," he said, particularly suburb-to-suburb service that has been promised for years.

"The problem with Metra is that it is a spoke system without a wheel," Ceithaml said, noting that the only way to get from one suburb to another on a different Metra line is to travel to downtown Chicago, switch trains and head back out. "Why don't we have an around-Chicago rail line?"
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