CHICAGO (CBS) — After 18 years of organizing, meetings, lobbying and demonstrations, CTA buses are returning to the 31st Street corridor. But some activists in the long-running fight are beginning to wonder if CTA is setting up the pilot project to fail — two months before the first bus runs.
“I don’t think the way it’s set up that it’s going to succeed,” said Rene Paquin of the group Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL).READ MORE: Chicago Police Officer Shot In Shopping Center Parking Lot At North And Sheffield Avenues
Paquin cited the 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. hours that the #31 bus will operate beginning in mid-September, saying that won’t help people going to work, school or nightlife.
“Sure, they can get home, but ‘getting to’ is important, too,” she said.
The coalition of groups that back the 31st Street bus pilot said they would like to see it run at minimum from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, or later at night.
CTA President Dorval Carter said the pilot project’s hours address community priorities.
“It makes sense, given the initial feedback we got from community, where we heard that the majority of the rides that they were interested in taking were either late morning or early afternoon,” he said.READ MORE: More Than A Third Of CPD Staff Missed Vaccine Reporting Deadline; City Could Begin Placing Employees On 'No Pay' Status Today