by Dära Salk
I remember how shocked I was when the CTA said they were going to cancel the #11 Lincoln Bus from Lawrence to Fullerton. Why would they want to stop the middle of a well-used bus route that served so many neighborhood people and small independent stores? Shop Local, right? The #11 never lost money! The CTA said they were going to put more cars on the Brown Line and that people would use that or people could take the Damen or Western Buses; that the #11 was “redundant”. We did everything humanly possible to change their minds: we wrote, emailed, called, signed petitions and went to a Tuesday night meeting downtown in the cold. Our elected officials, State Representative Williams, County Commissioner Fritchey and Alderman Pawar attended that night. Ald. Pawar presented a letter from Congressman Quigley. They asked for a stay on the decision for 6 months and they would find the funds to cover the continuation of the #11. The answer then and now has been NO!
Now we have a chance to make our voices heard again. The CTA was certain the #11 wasn’t needed! Alderman Pawar is launching a survey for everyone to let the CTA know how the cancellation of this bus is affecting us and our neighborhood businesses. Please take the survey online or on paper, send it to your family and friends, talk to the local businesses and get the word out to everyone you know. Let the CTA know that this decision must be reversed!