Monday, September 12, 2016

The New Bus: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where does the bus go?
A: You can see a route map here.  It starts at the Ashland Orange Line stop, then heads east on 31st St. It forms a big U to hit the Red and Green Line stops on 35th, then heads east again on 31st.  It stops at King Drive, does a circle, and comes back about the same way.
Q: When does it run?
A: It starts around 10am and ends around 7pm.

Q: How often does it come?
A: About every 30 minutes.

Q: What's a pilot route?
A:  Basically, an experiment.  The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will let the bus run for a while to see how many riders it gets, then make a decision about its future based on that.

Q: How long will the pilot route last?
A: Six months, from early September to early March.

Q: What happens if the pilot route fails?
A: No more bus.  If we fall below a target number of riders, our route gets axed.  So ride that bus!  If we don't use it, we lose it.

Q: When was the bus discontinued, and why?
A: In 1997, the CTA discontinued the bus because it wasn't getting enough riders.

Q: Why did it come back?
A: Bridgeport's changed a lot since 1997--way more businesses have gone up on 31st St.  Seeing a need, Bridgeport Alliance decided to organize to get the 31st St. bus back in 2008.  It's led a campaign, along with various allies, since then.  BA won the pilot route in late 2015.

Q: Where can I get more information?
A: Check out the CTA page for the bus here

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Bus Birthday Bash!

Bridgeport Alliance is thrilled to report that the 31st Street pilot route debuted on September 6.  This is the culmination of eight years of persistent and passionate activism, both by Bridgeport Alliance and by our allies, including the Crosstown Bus Coalition and Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community.

And so, like any sane people with something to celebrate, we're having a party!  
  • Free food (courtesy Alderman Thompson and Commissioner Daley)
  • Raffles for bus passes
  • A short film on the 31st Street bus campaign
  • Friends! Community! Happiness!
Friday, September 9
First Trinity
643 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60616

Don't forget to ride the bus--we want our pilot route to pass with flying colors.  You can start by riding it to the party!