CHICAGO (CBS) — After a 13-month test, the CTA’s board Wednesday approved permanent extension of its No. 35 31st/35th bus route along 31st Street between Kedzie and Cicero, but that’s not what a roomful of protesters wanted.
The protesters wanted full restoration of the old 31st Street bus route, discontinued in 1997 because of low ridership. They claim times have changed, and that there are schools, the Illinois Institute of Technology, Mercy Hospital, a senior citizens’ high-rise and a number of stores, particularly east of Ashland on 31st Street that deserve better service.READ MORE: Rev. Daniel McCarthy Reinstated As Pastor Emeritus Of Northwest Side Parish; Evidence Deemed Insufficient For Decades-Old Sexual Abuse Claim
They claim CTA focused mainly on those already riding its buses and not on the rest of the neighborhood along which the bus would run.