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by Ashlee Rezin
8:51pm
Wed Oct 9, 2013

CTA Study Reveals Ridership Does Not Justify Implementing A Full 31st Street Bus Route (VIDEO)

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) board voted Wednesday to make the No. 35 bus route’s expansion to West 31st Street permanent, but an agency study revealed potential ridership does not justify funding a 31st Street bus route that travels east of Kedzie Avenue.

The original 31st Street bus route, which ran from Cicero Avenue to the lakefront and cut through South Side neighborhoods such as McKinley Park, Armour Square, Bridgeport and Bronzeville, was discontinued in 1997 due to low ridership.

Since then, South Side activists, many of whom packed the agency’s board meeting Wednesday to hear the results of the year-long feasibility study, claim people in their communities have been held captive in a public transportation desert.

“For us today, the results that were presented are disappointing and infuriating,” said Rev. Tom Gaulke, pastor at First Lutheran Church of the Trinity and vice-chair of the Bridgeport Alliance, in a presentation before the board. “The conductors of the study don’t seem to understand the real situation and our real need. They must not have looked very closely at the needs of our community.”

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
3:54pm
Wed Jul 31, 2013

Disability Rights Advocates Continue Call For Equal Access To Southwest Side CTA Bus Route (VIDEO)

Despite a renovated bus stop at the corner of 31st Street and Spaulding Avenue, activists are saying people with disabilities are still denied equal access to public transportation and full equality in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood on the city's Southwest Side.

“This is a great win, but there is still a lot of work left to be done,” said Adam Ballard, an organizer for the disability advocacy group Access Living.

The newly-renovated bus station received fresh cement and sidewalk ramps in June, thanks to Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd), who dedicated $230,000 from his ward’s menu money, which is a pot of discretionary funds designed for infrastructure projects.

Ballard, whose mobility is limited to a wheelchair because he was born with arthrogryposis, joined activists and community residents on Wednesday morning to celebrate what participants called a “partial victory.”

“This is just the beginning, and now we have to continue to push for the rest of the area to get renovated,” he said.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
5:19pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Disability Advocates Blast CTA For Lack Of Accessibility Along Bus Route (VIDEO)

People with disabilities are not provided access to roughly eight stations along the 31st Street bus route, according to protesters who staged a rally outside the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) headquarters Thursday.

“We have the right to ride that bus,” said Michelle Garcia, 36, a community organizer with Cambiando Vidas, a Latino-specific grassroots offset of the disability advocacy group Access Living.