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One voucher holder’s long ride 

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Erika Weaver’s commute became routine after two unsuccessful years seeking housing in Chicago.
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12 AM On Sunday nights Erika Weaver arrives at Union Station after a three-and-a-half-hour train ride from her home in downstate Mattoon. From here she takes the Blue Line to her grandmother’s house in west-suburban Hines.
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7:30 AM Weaver leaves her grandmother’s and heads downtown for school.
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7:45 AM Weaver has been taking the same route to the Blue Line for so long that she knows the bus drivers by name.
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8 AM Waiting for the train at the Forest Park stop.
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9 AM After an hour on the Blue Line, Weaver transfers to the Red Line at Jackson. She waits at particular parts of the platforms to make her transfer easier.
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9:15 AM: Weaver finally arrives at Loyola University’s downtown law school campus. On Wednesday she’ll head back to Mattoon and start the cycle again.
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Sunshine Tucker
12 AM On Sunday nights Erika Weaver arrives at Union Station after a three-and-a-half-hour train ride from her home in downstate Mattoon. From here she takes the Blue Line to her grandmother’s house in west-suburban Hines.