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

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