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
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.
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.”
The Chicago Transit Authority will hold off on taking away some fare options for customers while the vendor that runs Ventra works to boost the number of its call center representatives from 100 to 300, CTA President Forrest Claypool said Wednesday.
As part of the shift to the Ventra regional fare-payment system, Chicago public transit riders will not be able to add money to their Chicago Cards starting Monday, and magnetic stripe cards won't be available for sale.
Two top officials with the Regional Transportation Authority are under investigation for sexual and racial discrimination of agency employees; one of the executives is House Speaker Michael Madigan's son-in-law.
Former U.S. Attorney General Patrick Fitzgerald has some concerns about the training offered to those working for Northeastern Illinois' four transit agencies: The Regional Transportation Agency, Pace, the Chicago Transit Authority and Metra.
Norfolk Southern Railroad got the go ahead to move forward with a $285 million rail yard expansion in Englewood after the Chicago Planning Commission okayed the extension of two tax increment financing districts (TIF) near the site.